As summer quickly begins to approach, I’m reminded of a project we had a couple of (awesome) volunteers, Brian and Chris, do last year. This project involved our two smokestack eagles from the American President Lines. These eagles never made it onto the smokestack they were intended for as the ship was requisitioned by the Navy prior to its completion, due to WW II. The ship in question was likely the second President Adams, who began her war service in December 1941.
USS President Adams (AP-38, later APA-19) was built at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia from 1940-1941. She was originally intended to be a civilian passenger-cargo-ship, but was refitted for military service after being taken by the Navy in June 1941. On December 25, 1941, shortly after the United States entered WW II, her first encounter with the enemy was with a German submarine where she sustained no damage. In July of the next year, President Adams was sent to the South Pacific where she took part in the effort to hold Guadalcanal until February 1943. The rest of 1943 and part of 1944 were spent chasing the Japanese up the Solomon Islands. After February of 1945, she spent the rest of her time in the Pacific bringing home veterans, which lasted until March 1947. President Adams was decommissioned in June of 1950 and scrapped in Taiwan in 1974. For more information about her career, click HERE.