Adams, 1920

April 13, 2020

Adams, 1920, Formerly the SC-268

USCGC Adams was named for Cabin Steward James Jenkins Adams, USCG, who was killed in action on 30 September 1918 when his cutter, Tampa, was torpedoed and sunk with a loss of allhands.

Builder: G. Lawley, Neponset, MA

Length: 110’

Beam: 14’ 8-3/4”

Draft: 5’ 11”

Displacement: 75 tons

Commissioned: 17 January 1920

Decommissioned: 25 May 1922

Disposition: Sold Powerplant: 3 Standard 6-cylinder gasoline engines, three propellers, 660 hp

Speed: Maximum: 18 knots



Complement: 25 Armament: 1 x 1-pdr

Electronics: Shortwave radio 2


CGC Adams was taken over from the Navy Department at Boston, Massachusetts on 17 January 1920 and was delivered to the Coast Guard Academy (with the notation “out of commission”) on 14 December 1920. She and the CGC Stellenwerf were sold to the Connecticut Iron and Metal Company for a total of $900.00.


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