USS Cape Lookout (ID-3214)
|Name:||USS Cape Lookout|
|Builder:||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Sparrows Point, Maryland|
|Commissioned:||26 July 1918|
|Decommissioned:||7 April 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to the Shipping Board|
|Type:||AK-type cargo ship|
|Displacement:||10,505 long tons (10,674 t)|
|Length:||391 ft 9 in (119.41 m)|
|Beam:||52 ft (16 m)|
|Draft:||23 ft 11 in (7.29 m)|
|Speed:||11 knots (13 mph; 20 km/h)|
|Armament:||• 1 × 6 in (150 mm) gun
• 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun
Cape Lookout (No. 3214) was launched in 1918 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Sparrows Point, Maryland; acquired by the Navy 26 July 1918; commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander R. O. Herbert, USNRF, in command; and reported to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.
Atlantic Ocean operations
Between 10 August and 12 December 1918, Cape Lookout made two transatlantic voyages between Baltimore and New York and French ports, carrying supplies for the American Expeditionary Force. The cargo ship sailed from Baltimore on 24 January 1919, carrying 5,864 tons of flour to Trieste, Austria, as part of the relief assistance provided for the rebuilding of war-shattered Europe by the United States Food Administration. While homeward-bound Cape Lookout answered a distress call from US Army Transportation Corps ship USAT Melrose which had a disabled rudder. Cape Lookout took Melrose in tow for two days, until the latter could make repairs and proceed unassisted.
Cape Lookout returned to Baltimore 29 March 1919, and was decommissioned there 7 April 1919. She was returned to the Shipping Board the same day.