USS May

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May

A former name retained.

(SP-164: dp. 1,100; 1. 2391; b. 27'10"; dr. 15'; s. 13 k.; cpl. 77; a. 14", 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.