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USS Southern Seas (PY 32)
ex-USAT Southern Seas

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Xray - Tare

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

Sunk 9 October 1945

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1920 as Lydonia by the Consolidated Shipbuilding Co., New York for Cyrus Curtiss of
  • Purchased by the Pan American Aviation Co. and renamed Southern Seas
  • Purchased by the Army in December 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy 23 December 1942 and commissioned USS Southern Seas (PY 32) the same day
  • Sunk 9 October 1945 during Typhoon Louise at Okinawa
  • Struck from the Navy list 24 October 1945.


  • Displacement 1,116 t.
  • Length 228'
  • Beam 31' 3"
  • Draft 14' 3"
  • Speed 11 kts.
  • Complement 47
  • Propulsion: Four Seabury water-tube boilers, two 500ihp triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    MY Southern Seas
    Southern Seas 331k
    USS Southern Seas (PY 32)
    Southern Seas 32k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Albert Louis McMullen, USNR - Awarded the Bronze Star (1944)22 December 1942 - 25 January 1943
    02LT Leroy George Elwell, USNR25 January 1943 - 14 October 1943
    03LTJG Rupert Alexander Triplitt, USNR14 October 1943 - 15 June 1944
    04LTJG Charles Harmon Alexander, USN15 June 18944 - 31 March 1945
    05LT Thomas George Thompson, USNR31 March 1945 - 5 August 1945
    06LT Charlie F. McMichael, USNR - Died in Typhoon5 August 1945 - 9 October 1945
    07ENS William A. Howard, USNR9 October 1945 - 1 December 1945 (Senior Surviving Officer)
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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