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USCGC Mayflower (WPG 183)

World War II call sign:
Nan - Roger - Uncle - Xray

ex-USS Mayflower (PY 1)
ex-USS Mayflower

Call sign (1919):
George - Quack - Sail - Rush

Mayflower served the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

Mayflower served the U. S. and Israeli Navy.

Patrol Yacht:

  • The second Mayflower was built in 1896 by J. and G. Thompson, Clydebank, Scotland for Ogden Goelet of New York
  • Purchased by the Navy in 1898
  • Commissioned USS Mayflower 24 March 1898 at the New York Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned 1 November 1904
  • Converted to a Presidential Yacht and recommissioned 25 July 1905
  • Designated a Patrol Yacht, PY-1, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 22 March 1929
  • Sold 19 October 1931 to Leo P. Coe, an agent for Frank P. Parish
  • Sold to Broadfoot Iron Works of Wilmington, NC
  • Purchased by the War Shipping Administration 31 July 1942 and renamed Butte
  • Converted for wartime use by Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Portsmouth, VA from 1 October 1942 - 12 August 1943
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 6 September 1943
  • Commissioned USCGC Mayflower (WPG-183), 19 October 1943
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1946
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration for disposal
  • Sold 8 January 1947 to Frank M. Shaw of Baltimore, MD for use as an Arctic seal catcher and renamed Calanit
  • Resold in 1948 to Collins Distributer's, Inc. under Panamanian registration as Mala an Aliyah Bet ship
  • Fitted out for coastal trade at Genoa, Italy
  • Carried Jewish refugees from the ill-fated Exodus to Haifa, Palestine
  • Broken up in 1955.


  • Displacement 2,690 t.
  • Length 273'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 13' 2"
    1911 - 17' 4"
  • Speed 17 kts.
    1911 - 16.8 kts.
    1914 - 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 171
    1911 - 174
    1921 - 185
  • Armament: 1898 - Six 6-pounders
    1905 - Ten 6-pounders, two 1-pounders and two Colt machine guns
    1911 - Six 6-pounder rapid fire mounts
    1921 - Four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts
    1943 - One 5"/51 mount, two 3"/50 mounts, six 20mm mounts, two depth charge tracks, four K-guns and one Hedgehog
  • Propulsion: Two Mosher boilers, two 1,200ihp vertical triple-expansion 4-cylinder, double-acting steam engines, two shafts.
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    Yacht Mayflower
    Mayflower 71k Ogden Goelet acquired this telescope at Pascall Atkey and Sons, a yacht chandlery located in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK Tommy Trampp
    USS Mayflower
    Mayflower 58k Photographed in 1898
    U.S. Navy photo NH 60646
    Naval Historical Center
    Mayflower 61k . Robert Hurst
    Mayflower 131k U.S. Navy photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Mayflower 164k From the collection of Raymond Strout Jonathan Eno
    Mayflower 200k c. 1904
    Brooklyn Navy Yard
    Library of Congress photo LC-D4-21820 from the Detroit Photographic Co.
    Mike Green
    Mayflower 182k Military officers are leaving a launch and ascending steps [the accommodation ladder] to Presidential Yacht Mayflower during the Portsmouth Peace Conference in 1905
    Library of Congress photo ppmsca 08834
    Bill Gonyo
    Mayflower 20k 5 August 1905
    Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
    Russian and Japanese peace envoys and President Roosevelt on the yacht "Mayflower." The meeting proceeded the conference in Portsmouth, NH where the Portsmouth Treaty was signed on 5 September 1905
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayflower 176k c. 1905
    National Archives photo 43-1289a
    Mayflower 58k . Robert Hurst
    Mayflower 112k Postcard of U.S. Yacht "Mayflower, the President's Yacht" at anchor, Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY
    © Enrique Muller, 1905
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Mayflower 129k c. 1906
    Oyster Bay, Long Island Sound, NY
    This pair of photo show President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of the Navy Charles J. Bonaparte viewing the 1906 naval review from the deck of Mayflower. The second fleet review was even more spectacular than the first in 1903. Almost the entire Atlantic Fleet participated, and the president was rightfully impressed with a 1,743 6" gun salute
    Library of Congress photos
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayflower 125k
    Mayflower 112k President Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt, Admiral Coles, Captain Sims, and others on board Mayflower.
    From Stereograph Copyright 1907 by Underwood & Underwood
    Warren McLean
    Mayflower 112k President Roosevelt and Officers of Battleship Fleet on Board "Mayflower." On President's right Admiral Evans: On his left Admiral Thomas, next: Admiral Sperry, and next Admiral Emery.
    From Stereograph Copyright 1907 by Underwood & Underwood
    Mayflower 132k The Presidential Yacht Mayflower anchored off Point Comfort, Virginia in 1907 during the time of the Presidential review of the Great White Fleet
    Library of Congress photo LC-D4-22399
    Mike Green
    Mayflower 110k President Theodore Roosevelt and Admiral Robley Dunglison Evans stroll the deck aboard the Presidential Yacht Mayflower in 1908
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division photo cph 3b00102
    Bill Gonyo
    Mayflower 49k 22 February 1909
    Hampton Beach, VA
    Library of Congress photo LC-USZ-62-91457
    Mike Green
    Mayflower 22k 8 September 1909
    Marblehead, MA
    President Taft presents Taft Cup aboard Mayflower to Commodore W. H. Childs of the Bensonhurst Yacht Club of Brooklyn, NY whose yacht Joyette won the German-American sonderklasse (special class) series race
    Bain News Service photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayflower 46k Guests aboard Mayflower for the President Taft Cup presentation
    Mayflower 107k Starboard view of the Presidential Yacht Mayflower ca. 1911 at Annapolis, Maryland. Launch approaching the Mayflower was called (unoffically) the U.S.S. Togo
    Library of Congress photo LC-H261-492
    Mike Green
    Mayflower 194k President Taft boards the presidential yacht Mayflower on 14 October 1912
    Photo from the Bain Collection Library of Congress
    Robert Hurst
    Mayflower 124k 14 October 1912
    New York City
    The Presidential yacht USS Mayflower during a naval review for President Howard Taft
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2-2442-10
    Mike Green
    Mayflower 102k c. 1917
    French commission to U.S. arriving at the Washington Navy Yard
    Library of Congress photo 08382v, 08384v, 08385v, 08386v and 08287v by Harris and Ewing
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayflower 120k
    Mayflower 90k
    Mayflower 124k
    Mayflower 119k
    Mayflower 96k North River [New York/New Jersey]
    Admiral Thomas S. Rodgers boarding the Mayflower in December of 1918. LT W. P. Frost is to the right of Admiral Rogers
    Photo from the New York Public Library
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Mayflower (PY 1)
    Mayflower 28k 27 April 1921
    President Harding boarding Mayflower
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayflower 167k Post card dated 15 August 1924
    Mayflower 64k 25 April 1925
    Mayflower 309k Post card dated 9 August 1925 depicting Mayflower at Marblehead, MA with inset of President Calvin Coolidge
    Mayflower 74k 5 November 1925
    Debs sign up officers and crew of Mayflower in Red Cross
    Mayflower 89k
    Mayflower 90k 5 November 1925
    Red Cross vounteers on board Mayflower
    Mayflower 98k 17 December 1925
    Christmas party on board Mayflower
    Mayflower 45k 22 April 1926
    CAPT Wilson Brown, Jr. (right) relieved CAPT Adolphus Andrews
    Mayflower 93k Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia. Panoramic view of the Navy Yard waterfront, looking north from across the Anacostia River, circa 1927. Ships present are (from left to right): probably USS Porpoise (YFB-2047); USS Allen (DD-66), Naval Reserve training ship; an "Eagle Boat" (PE); Presidential Yacht Mayflower; and probably USS Sylph (PY-12)
    Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photographic Collection, 1981.
    U.S. Navy photo 91949
    Naval Historical Center
    Mayflower 331k c. 1928
    Entering dry dock
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Mayflower 291k
    Mayflower 407k 5 June 1928
    In dry dock
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Mayflower 294k 26 June 1928
    In dry dock
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Mayflower 251k
    Mayflower 291k
    Mayflower 738k Art work by Tom W. Freeman. Among Freeman's several pieces that have hung or are hanging in the White House is "The Power and the Glorious," the Presidential yacht Mayflower "reviewing the fleet." A Spanish-American War veteran, the luxurious steam yacht served Presidents Theodore Roosevely, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge. The painting was placed on loan in 2013 and hung in the West Wing. Tommy Trampp
    USCGC Mayflower (WPG 183)
    Mayflower 49k U.S. Navy photo USNSM and USS Salem (CA 139) website
    Mayflower 142k 18 February 1944
    U.S. Navy photo
    Mayflower 187k 1 March 1944
    Photo courtesy of A. D. Baker, III from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Scheina
    Robert Hurst
    SS Mala
    Mayflower 45k Haganah Archives photo from Paul Silverstone's Aliyah Bet Project Robert Hurst
    Mayflower 43k c. 1948
    Philip Levine on board Mala
    Photo courtesy of: The Times of Israel newspaper
    Tommy Trampp
    Mayflower 46k c. 1948
    Marseilles, France
    Philip Levine on shore leave
    Photo courtesy of: The Times of Israel newspaper
    Mayflower 72k Sleeping platforms built in France
    Photo courtesy of: The Times of Israel newspaper
    Mayflower 50k Refugees on deck
    Photo courtesy of: The Times of Israel newspaper
    Mayflower 74k Passengers on the deck of the Mala immigrant ship watch for their first glimpse of the coast of Israel
    Photo courtesy of: The Times of Israel newspaper
    Mayflower 76k Haifa, Israel
    On the anniversary of the UN vote to partition Palestine, smuggling Jewish refugees into fledgling Israel on a former U.S. presidential yacht
    Photo courtesy of: The Times of Israel newspaper

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Morris Robinson Slidell McKenzie, USN24 March 1898 - 2 February 1899
    02CDR Duncan Kennedy, Jr.,USN15 June 1900 - 16 October 1900
    03LCDR Albert Gleaves, USN - USNA Class of 1877
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Army Distinguished Service Medal - Retired as Admiral
    16 October 1900
    04LCDR Andrew Theodore Long, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral5 October 1903 - 1 November 1904
    05CDR Cameron McRae Winslow, USN - Retired as Admiral25 July 1905
    06LCDR Carl Theodore Vogelgesang, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralMarch 1908
    07LCDR Thomas Snowden, USN20 March 1908
    08CDR George Wood Logan, USN1 February 1910
    09LCDR Powers Symington, USN - USNA Class of 1892
    Awarded the Navy Cross (World War I) - Retired as Captain
    21 August 1911
    10LCDR Robert Lawrence Berry, USN - Retired as Captain7 May 1914 - September 1917
    11LCDR Newton Alexander McCully, USN - USNA Class of 1887
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (World War I) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    12LCDR Carl Townsend Osburn, USN1921 - 1922
    13CAPT Adolphus Andrews, USN - USNA Class of 1901
    Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (1943) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    December 1922 - 22 April 1926
    14CAPT Wilson Brown, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1902
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) and the Distinguished Service Medal (1942)- Served as naval aide to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt from 9 February 1943 and Harry S. Truman until the end of the war
    Retired as Vice Admiral
    22 April 1926
    15LCDR Ralston Smith Holmes, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    16LCDR Leo Hewlett Thebaud, USN - USNA Class of 1913
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    1929 - 22 March 1929
    17CAPT Charles M. Austin, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross - Retired as Captain
    1930 - 1931
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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