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J. B. Walker (ID 1272)


  • Built in 1879 by the E. O'Brien Co., Thomaston, ME
  • Launched 1879
  • Acquired by the Navy 8 August 1918 and placed in service the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register in late 1919
  • Sold 11 September 1919
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,984 t.
  • Length 247'
  • Beam 42' 4"
  • Draft 26' 9"
  • Speed: Non-self propelled
  • Complement: Six
  • Armament: None.
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    J. B. Walker 126k At anchor, circa 1917
    U.S. Navy photo NH 102504
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    J. B. Walker 69k In port, probably in the New York City area in 1917-1918, when the she was inspected by the Third Naval District for possible acquisition by the U.S. Navy
    U.S. Navy photo NH 99275
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: J. B. Walker was launched in 1879 by E. O'Brien of Thomaston, Maine; purchased by the Navy from Luckenbach S.S. Co.; and commissioned 8 August 1918. She immediately began collier operations between Norfolk and New England. J. B. Walker continued this duty until 27 March 1919, when she was detached and assigned to the 5th Naval District for operations. She was sold 11 September 1919.

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