Lake Champlain Str
Lake Champlain I
(Str: t. 3,095 1 261'; b. 43'6"; cr.. 18'9"; s. 8.5 k.; cpl.
65; a. 1 6", 1 5")
The first Lake Champlain was launched by Superior Shipbuilding Co., 31 July 1917 under USSB contract acquired by the Navy 19 January 1918; and commissioned at Boston 24 January, Lt. ComOr. Richard R. Roberts, USNRF, in command.
Assigned to the NOTS Lake Champlain carried coal from Norfolk to Boston and New York from February 1918 until she departed Hampton Roads 12 March for Clyde, Scotland, arriving 9 April and returning to Norfolk 6 May.
She made three other round trips to Europe in 1918 carrying ammunition, coal, and provisions, before returning to Nortolk 7 Jamlary 1919.
On 1 February 1919, Lake Champlain departed Norfolk with a cargo of mines and coal for Guantanamo, Cuba, and returned to Norfolk t10 March. She decommissione.d 20 March 1919 and was returned to the USSB the same day. She was sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge Societe, Brussels, Belgium, and renamed Nipponier.