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Walter Adams (ID 400)

Civilian call sign (1919):
King - Jig - George - Watch


  • Built in 1890 by Robert Palmer and Son, Noank, CT
  • Rebuilt in 1898
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 June 1918
  • Commissioned 1 October 1918
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Navy list and returned to her owner 10 January 1919 at Wilmington, NC
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 271 t.
  • Length 137'
  • Beam 24' 3"
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: None
  • Propulsion: One Marine leg boiler, one 600ihp vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Walter Adams
    Walter Adams 128k In port, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102505
    Naval Historical Center
    Walter Adams 100k In port, possibly on 12 June 1918 when she was inspected by the Sixth Naval District
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99333
    USS Walter Adams (ID 400)
    Asheville 137k View taken on 11 September 1918, showing a marine railway under construction in the foreground. USS Asheville (Gunboat No. 21) is fitting out in the left middle distance. In front of her is Walter Adams. SC-368, with dark numbers painted on her bow, is further to the right
    U.S. Navy photo NH 45247
    Naval Historical Center
    Walter Adams 214k At the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, on 11 September 1918, while fitting out. This view is cropped from Photo NH 45247. The identification number "S.P. 400" is painted on Walter Adams's bow, though her data card lists her as "ID No. 400", not "SP."
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99333

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