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Almax II (SP 268)

Almax II served both the U. S. Navy and Coast & Geodetic Survey


  • 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) the same day
  • Transferred 28 March 1919 to the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey
  • 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'
  • Speed 11.25 mph
  • Complement: Eight
  • Armament: Two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One 40hp 4-cylinder Lathrop gasoline engine, one shaft.
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    Almax II 98k In harbor, prior to World War I
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100651
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01Boatswain James H. Brent, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    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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