US NAVY SHIPS

USS Delaware (SP-467, later AT-53 and YT-111), 1917-1935.
Renamed SP-467 in 1918

USS Delaware, a 242 gross ton minesweeper, was built in 1913 at Pocomoke City, Maryland, by E. James Tull as the commercial fishing vessel of the same name. She was acquired by the Navy in May 1917, placed in commission later in that month, and formally purchased in August 1917 from the Delaware Fish Oil Company of Lewes, Delaware. Renamed SP-467 in 1918, presumably to avoid confusion with the battleship Delaware, she spent the World War I era operating in the vicinity of Delaware Bay. Redesignated AT-53 in July 1920, and YT-111 a year later, the ship went to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at about that time and was stationed there well into the 1930s. During those years she was listed in contemporary Navy publications as Delaware, though this may not have represented an official name change. She was sold in April 1935.

This page features all the views we have concerning USS Delaware (SP-467, later AT-53 and YT-111), which was renamed SP-467 in 1918.

Photo #: NH 47019

USS SP-467


In harbor, during World War I.
This vessel was originally the civilian Delaware.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 47018

USS SP-467


Underway in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1920.
This vessel, originally the civilian Delaware, later became AT-53 and YT-111.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 96089

USS SP-467


In Drydock Number 1 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii, circa 1920-1921.
A former "menhaden" fishing vessel built in 1913, this ship was acquired by the Navy on 5 May 1917 and commissioned on 22 May 1917 as USS Delaware (SP-467). She lost her name in 1918, becoming USS SP-467, and during the early 1920s was redesignated AT-53 and YT-111.

The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 89791

USS SP-467


In Drydock Number 1 at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii, circa 1920-1921.
Originally the civilian Delaware, this ship also served in the Navy as AT-53 and YT-111.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 107070

USS Delaware
(SP-467)

Signalman using semaphore flags atop the ship's pilothouse, circa 1917-1918. Location is probably in the Delaware River or Delaware Bay area.
Note Delaware's name board in the foreground. This ship was renamed SP-467 in 1918 and was later redesignated AT-53 and YT-111.
Copied from the Donald R. Cochran album (Lot S-591), page 6.

Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2010.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Another view of a signalman on USS Delaware (SP-467) that is very similar to Photo # NH 107070 (shown above), see PAGE 6 of:
Donald R. Cochran's ... Photo Album, 1917-1919 (Naval History and Heritage Command Photographic Lot # S-591).



For higher resolution images see: Obtaining Photographic Reproductions

To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.





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