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Montauk II (S.P. 392)


The second Montauk retained the name she carried at the time of her acquisition.


(S.P. 392: tonnage 161 (gross register); length 121'0” (between perpendiculars); beam 19'0” (load waterline); draft 10' 0” (mean); speed 8.0 knots; complement 24)

The second Montauk -- built at Kennebunk, Maine, in 1880, and rebuilt at Wilmington, Del., in 1905 -- a single-screw, wooden-hulled vessel, was acquired by the Navy through purchase from the Fisheries Products Co., Wilmington, N.C., and accepted on 17 August 1917.

Placed in service as a coastal minesweeper soon thereafter, with the identification number S.P. 392, Montauk patrolled the coastline of the Sixth Naval District until 21 August 1918.  At 1:00 a.m. on that date, she foundered and sank off High Point, Georgia. Lost with the ship were Firemen 3rd Class Roy E. Travis and Obed L. Nichols, Yeoman 3rd Class Joseph E. McCurry, and Seamen 2nd Class William L. Sample, Jacob O. Singley, Frank S. Stewart, and Jennings Sudduth.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

5 January 2024

Published: Tue Jan 16 07:51:02 EST 2024