A misspelling, common until the 1870's, of Nauset, an inlet on the east coast of Cape Cod. The misspelling was perpetuated with the naming of later ships for the first Nausett.
The second Nausett (YT-35), a wooden tug, was commissioned as Carl R. Gray (q.v.), 5 October 1918. She was renamed Nausett 24 November 1920.