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James (SP 429)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Vice - Nan


  • Built in 1912 as W. T. James at Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE for the Taft Fish Co., Inc. of Taft, VA
  • Acquired by the Navy 28 May 1917
  • Renamed James 28 July 1917
  • Commissioned USS James (SP 429), 10 August 1917
  • Sank off the coast of France 28 April 1919.


  • Displacement 267 t.
  • Length 150'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 8' 5"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 38
  • Armament: One 3"/50 mount and two .30 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: One single ended boiler, one 500hp Harlan and Hollingsworth vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    F/V W. T. James
    James 387k Halftone reproduction of a photograph probably taken when this "Menhadden fisherman" type steam trawler was completed in 1912
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 99084
    Robert Hurst
    USS James (SP 429)
    Anderton 46k Off Lorient, France, in 1918. Three of these ships are identified as USS Anderton (SP-530), USS Lewes (SP-383) and James
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44900
    Naval Historical Center
    Anderton 79k Moored at Lorient, France, in 1918. These ships are identified as USS Anderton (SP-530), USS Lewes (SP-383) and James. Anderton is the middle ship, with her smokestack immediately behind her pilothouse
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44901
    James 361k Anchored off Lorient, France, circa 1918. She has the numeral "3" painted on her bow
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2011
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107336
    Robert Hurst
    Lewes 98k During a review of U.S. and French ships in Lorient harbor, France, 29 November 1918. The ship at left is USS Hubbard (SP-416). USS Anderton (SP-530) is in the center, with her smokestack immediately behind her pilothouse. Probably also present are USS Lewes (SP 383) and James
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53596
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS E. R. Burr, USNRF10 August 1917
    02ENS Abner J. McKenzie, USNRF1918 (Temporary Command)
    03LTJG John R. Roil, USNRF - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)1918 - 1919
    04ENS Frederick Scott Woodruff, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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