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USS Southern Seas (PY 32)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Xray - Tare

ex-USAT Southern Seas

Southern Seas served both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.

Sunk 9 October 1945

Patrol Yacht:

  • Laid down 4 August 1920 as the motor-yacht Lyndonia by Consolidated Shipbuilding Co., Morris Heights, NY for Mrs. Cyrus Curtiss (wife of owner of the Saturday Evening Post)
  • Sold to Pan American Aviation Co. and renamed Southern Seas
  • Acquired by the Army 30 December 1941 for the fee of $1.00, for use as a troop transport
  • Struck an uncharted reef 22 July 1942 at Tauria Pass, Cook Islands en route to Penrhyn Atoll, Cook Islands
  • Salvaged by U.S. Navy and repaired at Auckland, New Zealand
  • Officially acquired by Navy 23 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Southern Seas (PY-32), 23 December 1942
  • Sunk 9 October 1945 during Typhoon Louise at Buckner Bay, Okinawa
  • Struck from the Naval Register 24 October 1945.


  • Displacement 1,116 t.(fl)
  • Length 228'
  • Beam 31' 3"
  • Draft 14' 3"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 47
  • Armament: Undetermined, 20mm mounts or smaller guns
  • Propulsion: Two 750shp William Cramp and Sons diesel engines (Replaced by two 6-cylinder Burnmeister Wain diesel engines [Serial Nos. 508 and 509]), two shafts.
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    MV Lyndonia
    Southern Seas 286k Bar Harbor, ME
    Sheandoah (ZR 1) flying overhead
    Jonathan Eno
    MV Southern Seas
    Southern Seas 339k Serving as the Pan American station ship in New Caledonia in 1940-41, before being acquired by the Army
    Pan American World Airways photo
    Photo and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Robert Hurst
    USS Southern Seas (PY 32)
    Southern Seas 32k National Archives Photo 80-G-266771 Bob Daly/PC-1181

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