(Cutter: t. 13; 1. 60'; b. 12'6"; dr. 8'; s. 8 k.; cpl. 9; a. 1 1-pdr., 1 .30-cal. nig.)
The first Valiant (SP-535)—a wooden-hulled sailing cutter completed in 1896 by Charles S. Drowne—was rebuilt in 1907 and was fitted with an auxiliary engine to augment her sails in 1917. The vessel was acquired by the Navy under free lease from Henry M. Warren; and commissioned at Philadelphia on 29 May 1917, Ens. R. F. Watson, USNRF, in command.
Valiant operated on 4th Naval District patrol duties, locally, in the Cape May, N.J., area, for the duration of World War I. She was subsequently decommissioned at the Corinthian Yacht Club, near Philadelphia, Pa., on 11 January 1919, and returned to her owner soon thereafter.