Lake Side is a village in San Diego County, Calif. The word was split by the Maritime Commission to conform to other names in the “Lake” series but was often written as one word.
(Str: t. 1,259; l. 261'; b. 43'6"; dr. 17'9"; s. 10 k.; cpl. 64; a. 1 5", 1 6-pdr.)
Lake Side, a mine cargo ship, was launched under USSB contract as War Signal 22 September 1917 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland, Ohio; acquired by the Navy 18 December 1917; and commissioned as Lake Side 25 January 1918 at New York, Lt. Comdr. J. I. Stousland, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to NOTS, Lake Side steamed to Norfolk 26 February. From 4 March to 30 June she operated as a transport out of Norfolk, carrying coal and general cargo to Boston; New York; Newport, R. I.; Key West, Fla.; Tampico, Mexico; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Loaded with mines and military supplies, she sailed in convoy 13 July for Europe and arrived Oban, Scotland, 1 August. After steaming to Corpach and Lamlash, Scotland, she departed 9 August for Norfolk, where she arrived the 27th.
Lake Side loaded another cargo of mines and Army supplies and sailed to Oban 15 September to 3 October. For more than 3 months she operated as a general cargo ship along the coasts of Scotland, England, and France. Departing Inverness, Scotland, 16 January 1919, she arrived Norfolk 8 February, decommissioned 6 March, and was returned to USSB the same day. In 1920 she was sold to Lloyd Royal Beige Societe Anonyme and renamed Sicilier and subsequently called Koffiehandel and Cap Fedhala.