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Lake Otisco
(Str: t. 1,246; l. 261'; b. 43'6"; dr. 17'9"; s. 9 k.; cpl. 52; a. 1 3")

A small lake of upstate New York.

Lake Otisco, a cargo ship, was launched 15 December 1917 by American Shipbuilding Co., Cleveland; acquired by the Navy; and commissioned at Cardiff, Wales, 5 October 1918, civilian Capt. S. A. Kidston in command.

Assigned to NOTS, Lake Otisco operated as coal transport out of Cardiff, and made numerous cross-channel runs between British and French ports. She continued these operations until 5 March 1919 when she departed Inverness for Hampton Roads. Arriving Norfolk 3 April, Lake Otisco decommissioned 4 April and was returned to USSB the same day. In the mid-twenties she was sold to Cie. Nationale de Nav. and operated out of Havre, France, as Floreal.