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May

 

A former name retained.

 

(SP‑164: dp. 1,100; l. 239'; b. 27'10"; dr. 15'; s. 13 k.; cpl. 77; a. 1 4", 2 3"; 2 mg.)

 

May, a steam yacht built in 1891 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Troon, Scotland, was purchased by the Navy from J. R. De Lamar 11 August 1917; and commissioned 7 October 1917.

 

Operating out of New London, Conn., May patrolled along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean during World War I, protecting vital Allied shipping from German U‑boats. She ran aground on a reef off Santo Domingo, 27 July 1919; after efforts to refloat her failed she was declared abandoned 28 February 1920. Her hulk was sold 6 February 1922.