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USCGC Mayflower (WPG 183)

Call sign:
Nan - Roger - Uncle - Xray

ex-USS Mayflower (PY 1)

Mayflower served both the U. S. Navy and Coast Guard

Patrol Yacht:

  • The second Mayflower was built in 1896 as Ogden Goelet by J. and G. Thompson, Clyde Bank, Scotland
  • Purchased by the Navy and commissioned USS Mayflower, 24 March 1898 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Decommissioned 2 February 1899 at New York
  • Recommissioned 15 June 1900
  • Decommissioned 1 November 1904 for conversion to a Presidential Yacht
  • Recommissioned 25 July 1905
  • Designated PY-1 in 1920
  • Decommissioned 22 March 1929
  • Sold 19 October 1931 to Frank P. Parish of Chicago, IL
  • Purchased by the War Shipping Administration from Broadfoot Iron Works Inc. of Wilmington, NC and renamed Butte
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 6 September 1943
  • Recommissioned USCGC Mayflower (WPG 183) 19 October 1943
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1946
  • Sold to Frank M. Shaw of Baltimore, MD for use as a sealer
  • Sold in 1948 to Collins Distributors, Inc. of Baltimore and renamed Mala
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 2,690 t.
  • Length 273'
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 17' 2½"
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 171
  • Armament: Six 6-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two 2,400shp triple expansion 4-cylinder, double-acting steam engines, two shafts.
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    USS Mayflower
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    Mayflower - A species of shrubs and trees of the arbutus genus with white or pink flowers and scarlet berries. A ship named Mayflower brought the first pilgrims to New England in 1620
    Mayflower shrub and Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall

    Tommy Trampp
    Photos added 25 November 2020
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    Mayflower 57k Tommy Trampp
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    U.S. Navy photo NH 60646
    Naval History and Heritage Command
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    Washington Navy Yard, DC
    Panoramic view of the Navy Yard waterfront, looking north from across the Anacostia River. Ships present are (from left to right): probably USS Porpoise (YFB-2047); USS Allen (DD-66), Naval Reserve training ship; an Eagle Boat (PE); USS Mayflower (PY-1), Presidential Yacht; and probably USS Sylph (PY-12)
    Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photographic Collection, 1981
    U.S. Navy photo NH 91949
    Naval History and Heritage Command
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    Boston, MA
    In dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard
    Photo from Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Mike Green
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    Yard work crew scraping and painting the Presidential Yacht Mayflower at the Charleston Navy Yard
    Photo from Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
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    Overhead view of Presidential yacht Mayflower. The ship is dry docked at South Boston
    Photo from Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
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    Photo shows the yacht, which was used by five Presidents, after being swept by flames as she lay in the back channel at the Navy Yard Saturday night. Her hold filled with water, she settled to the bottom. Directly in back of the partly submerged craft can be seen her sister ship, the Niagara
    Photo from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, George D. McDowell Collection
    Mike Green
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    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Morris Robinson Slidell McKenzie, USN - USNA Class of 186624 March 1898 - 2 February 1899
    02CDR Duncan Kennedy, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 186815 June 1900 - 16 October 1900
    03LCDR Albert Gleaves, USN - USNA Class of 1877
    Awarded both the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1918) - Retired as Admiral
    June 1902 - 5 October 1903
    04LCDR Andrew Theodore Long, USN - USNA Class of 1887
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    5 October 1903 - 1 November 1904
    05CDR Cameron McRae Winslow, USN - USNA Class of 1874
    Retired as Admiral
    12 July 1905 - 19 December 1905
    06LCDR Carl Theodore Vogelgesang, USN - USNA Class of 1890
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1907 - 20 March 1908
    07LCDR Thomas Snowden, USN - USNA Class of 1879
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    20 March 1908 - 1 February 1910
    08CDR George Wood Logan, USN - USNA Class of 18871 February 1910 - 21 August 1911
    09LCDR Powers A. Symington, USN - USNA Class of 1892
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919) - Retired as Captain
    21 August 1911 - December 1914
    10LCDR Robert Lawrence Berry, USN - USNA Class of 1900December 1914 - September 1917
    11CDR Ralston Smith Holmes, USN - USNA Class of 1903
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1942) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    24 March 1919 - 1919
    12LCDR Carl Townsend Osburn, USN - USNA Class of 19071919 - 3 January 1921
    13CAPT Adolphus Andrews, USN - USNA Class of 1901
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1945) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    14 November 1922 - 30 August 1923
    14CDR Wilson Brown, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1902
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919) and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1942) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    20 August 1923 - 10 March 1925
    15LCDR Leo Hewlett Thebaud, USN - USNA Class of 1913
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918), three Legions of Merit with Combat V (1943/1944), one Legion of Merit (Awarded by U.S. Army 1944) and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V - Retired as Vice Admiral
    10 March 1925 - 22 March 1929
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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