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Almax II (SP 268)


  • Built in 1912 by the Salisbury Marine Construction Co., Salisbury, MD
  • Acquired by the Navy 18 May 1917 and commissioned USS Almax II (SP 268)
  • Transferred to the Department of Commerce 28 March 1919
  • Returned to Navy custody 21 February 1920
  • Struck from the Naval Register 14 July 1920
  • Sold in September 1920 to Joen C. Lane of Bremerton, WA for $1,510
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 22 t.
  • Length 56' 9"
  • Beam 11' 11"
  • Draft 3' 6"
  • Speed 11.25 mph
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders and two machine guns.
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    Almax II 98k In harbor, prior to World War I
    U.S. Nany photo NH 100651
    Naval Historical Center

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships: Almax II (SP-268)--a motorboat constructed in 1912 at Salisbury, Md., by the Salisbury Marine Construction Co.--was acquired by the Navy on 18 May 1917 from Mr. F. Mayer of Baltimore and commissioned on 18 May 1917.

    Assigned to the section patrol, Almax II cruised the waters of the 5th Naval District through the end of World War I. She served with Squadron 2 and operated primarily between Newport News and Norfolk, Va. After the war, the boat continued to serve until 28 March 1919 when she was transferred to the Department of Commerce for use by the United States Coast & Geodetic Survey. Almax II was returned to Navy custody on 21 February 1920. She was sold on 14 July 1920; and, presumably her name was struck from the Navy list at that time.

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