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Lake Lillian

 

(Str: t. 1,247; l. 261'; b. 43'6"; dr. 17'9"; s. 10.5 k.; cpl. 52; a. 1 3")

 

Lake Lillian, a cargo ship, was launched 23 February 1918 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland; acquired by the Navy and commissioned 2 October 1919, Lt. Comdr. Frank Stevens in command.

 

Assigned to NOTS at Cardiff, Wales, Lake Lillian operated as a coal transport between British and French ports. She made continuous cross-channel runs until 31 May 1919 when she departed Cardiff with 1,700 tons of Army cargo bound for New York. Arriving there 18 June, Lake Lillian decommissioned on the 27th and was returned to USSB the same day. In 1924 she was sold to Skibs. A/S Manitowoc and operated out of Oslo, Norway, as Bestum. In 1936 she was sold to China Merchants Steam Navigation Co., and worked out of Shanghai until the late 1940ís as Hai Jui.