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Mentor (PYc 37)

Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Uncle - Victor

Coastal Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1941 as the yacht Haida by Robert Jacobs, Inc., City Island, NY
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 April 1942
  • Renamed Mentor 17 April 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Robert Jacobs Inc.
  • Commissioned USS Mentor (PYc-37), 5 July 1942 at New York City
  • Decommissioned 19 January 1944 and placed in service the same day
  • Placed out of service 29 August 1946 at New London, CT and loaned to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA
  • Returned to Naval custody 18 May 1950 at Newport, RI
  • Approved for disposal 18 June 1951
  • Struck from the Naval Register 17 July 1951
  • Sold 14 May 1952 to the World Surplus Trading Co. of Honolulu, HI
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 182 t.
  • Length 127'
  • Beam 21'
  • Draft 6' 4"
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 35
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 600shp Cooper Bessemer EN-8 diesel engines, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Haida
    Mentor 117k c. 1941
    Artists rendition of Haida
    Jim Rogers
    USS Mentor (PYc 37)
    Mentor 278k Photo from a 1942 edition of Yachting magazine Jim Rogers
    Mentor 111k After conversion to a PYc.
    Courtesy of City Island Nautical Museum
    Tom Nye
    Mentor 184k Cooper-Bessemer ad from the 1 February 1943 edition of Time magazine Tommy Trampp
    Mentor 301k . Cmdr. Bruce G. Bingham, USN, Ret.
    R/V Mentor
    Mentor 33k As a research vessel. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

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