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The Liscum was fitted out as a cable ship in 1905 and used to maintain the Philippine cables after the withdrawal of CS Burnside.
1906 A New York Times story datelined March 4 described Liscum as a transport, sent to recover material from a wrecked inter-island transport off Luzon.
1912 another story reports that the "United States transport" Liscum sank in forty feet of water at Shanghai, where she was undergoing repairs, but was expected to be re-floated.
1914 In the US War Department Annual Reports for 1914, the Liscum is listed as a Troop Ship in the Philippine Fleet, used for inter-island service.
1916, the New York Times reported the Liscum as an Army transport, boarded and searched off Manila by an Australian ship. This suggests that the Liscum spent most of her career as a transport.