USS Walter Adams (SP-400)
|Name:||USS Walter Adams|
|Namesake:||Previous name retained|
|Builder:||Robert Palmer and Son, Noank, Connecticut|
|Acquired:||23 June 1918|
|Commissioned:||1 October 1918|
|Decommissioned:||10 January 1919|
|Struck:||10 January 1919|
|Fate:||Returned to owners 10 January 1919|
|Notes:||Operated as private fishing trawler SS Walter Adams 1890-1918 and from 1919|
|Tonnage:||271 gross tons|
|Length:||137 ft 0 in (41.76 m)|
|Beam:||24 ft 3 in (7.39 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) mean|
SS Walter Adams was a wooden-hulled steam fishing trawler built in 1890 by Robert Palmer and Son, of Noank, Connecticut, and rebuilt in 1898. The U.S. Navy inspected her for possible naval service in March 1917 and again in June 1918, and chartered her on 23 June 1918 for World War I service in the 6th Naval District. She was commissioned on 1 October 1918 as USS Walter Adams with Lieutenant, junior grade, Hugh G. Taylor in command. Photographs show that she had the designation "SP-400" painted on her bow and she was used as a patrol boat like other units with an "SP" designation during World War I, although her data card lists her as having Identification Number (Id. No.) 400, or "ID-400", the type of designation given to cargo ships, tankers, and transports taken up from civilian service for use during World War I.
Walter Adams operated locally out of Charleston, South Carolina, through the end of World War I. There are no records indicating exactly what she did during her operational career, but it appears likely that she conducted practice minesweeping operations.
- Per Department of the Navy: Naval Historical Center: Online Library of Selected Images: U.S. Navy Ships: USS Walter Adams (ID # 400), 1918-1919. Originally the Steam Trawler Walter Adams (1890), the ship had "SP-400" painted on her bow, but was identified as "ID-400" on her data card.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.