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Lake Placid (Id. No. 1788)

(Str: t. 1,585; l. 261'; b. 43'6" ; dr. 24.1 s. 10 k. ; cpl. 64; a. 1 5", 1 6-pdr.)

A small lake in the Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York, and the village on its banks.

Lake Placid, a cargo ship, was launched under USSB contract as War Path 11 August 1917 by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Detroit, Mich.; acquired by the Navy 3 January 1918 at New York; and commissioned as Lake Placid 12 January 1918 at Philadelphia, Lt. Comdr. Charles E. Beveridge, USNRF, in command.

Assigned to NOTS, Lake Placid made a coaling run to Norfolk and back 16 to 24 February 1918 before departed Philadelphia 3 March with a cargo of coal and supplies. She joined a convoy at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 28 March; reached Brest, France, 12 April; and operated out of Brest and Paulliac, France, until 13 May when she sailed for New York, arriving the 29th.

Lake Placid steamed to Norfolk 30 May, loaded another cargo of coal, and departed 29 July for Scotland. Arriving Oban 16 August, she steamed to Kyle, Glasgow, and Lamlash, Scotland, then returned to Norfolk 17 September. On her third voyage to European waters she sailed to Oban 1 to 20 October with a full cargo of mines for use in the Northern Mine Barrage. After calling at Kyle and Glasgow, she steamed to Norfolk, arriving 22 November.

Resuming transport runs out of Norfolk, Lake Placid carried coal and general cargo to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Key West and Pensacola, Fla.; New York; and Portsmouth, N.H., from 15 December until 12 March 1919. Returning to Norfolk from Key West 12 March, she decommissioned 18 March and was returned to USSB the same day. While in merchant service, Lake Placid struck a mine off Gotenborg, Sweden, and sank 19 May 1919.

Published: Tue Feb 09 08:31:34 EST 2016