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USS Alameda (SP-1040)
Motorboat Alameda (1917)
Alameda in 1917.
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Name: USS Alameda (proposed)
Namesake: Previous name retained
Builder: Western Boat Building Company, Tacoma, Washington
Completed: 1917
Acquired: Never
Commissioned: Never
Notes: Registered as SP-1040 for potential U.S. Navy service
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel (proposed)
Length: 65 ft (20 m)
Beam: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
Draft: 7 ft (2.1 m) (aft)
Speed: 9 knots
Crew: 9

Note: This ship should not be confused with the steamer Alameda, considered for World War I service as USS Alameda (ID-1432), but also never acquired or commissioned.

USS Alameda (SP-1040) was the proposed designation for an motorboat that never actually served in the United States Navy.

Alameda was a private motorboat built in 1917 by the Western Boat Building Company at Tacoma, Washington, probably for use as a fishing vessel. In the spring of 1917, the U.S. Navy inspected her in for possible World War I service as a patrol boat, and she was registered accordingly with the naval section patrol designation SP-1040. Though her official data card describes her as "brand new well and staunchly built"[1] and contains a note that she was reported to have been delivered to the Navy and commissioned on 2 June 1917. However, no records exist that show that the Navy never took possession of or commissioned Alameda, and she appears to have had no naval service.


  1. This quote, at her U.S. Naval Historical Center Online Library of Selected Images entry at, is attributed merely to her "data card."


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