USS Kemah (SP-415) in 1918 or 1919
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Luders Marine Construction Company, Stamford, Connecticut|
|Acquired:||7 October 1917|
|Commissioned:||16 July 1918|
|Decommissioned:||18 September 1919|
|Fate:||Sold 22 September 1919|
|Tonnage:||300 gross register tons|
|Length:||146 ft (45 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft (2.7 m) aft|
|Propulsion:||Diesel engine, two shafts|
|Armament:||2 × 3-inch (76.2 mm) guns|
Kemah was laid down as a private motor yacht of the same name in 1917 by the Luders Marine Construction Company at Stamford, Connecticut. While she was still under construction, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner, F. E. Lewis II of New York City, on 7 October 1917 for use as a section patrol vessel during World War I. She was completed in 1918, brought to the New York Navy Yard in April 1918, and commissioned there as USS Kemah (SP-415) on 16 July 1918 with Lieutenant L. L. Rand, USNRF, in command.
Initially assigned to the 6th Naval District, Kemah was reassigned to the 3rd Naval District at New York City upon commissioning. Restricted to protected waters, Kemah served as a guard ship in New York Harbor's coastal waters until she was removed from active service on 3 September 1919.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Department of the Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Kemah (SP-415), 1918-1920
- NavSource Online: Section Patrol Craft Photo Archive: Kemah (SP 415)