USS May (SP-164) at Bermuda in November 1917.
|Namesake:||A former name retained|
|Owner:||J. R. De Lamar|
|Builder:||Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Troon, Scotland|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||by the Navy, 11 August 1917|
|Commissioned:||7 October 1917|
|Decommissioned:||28 February 1920 (wrecked and abandoned)|
|Homeport:||New London, Connecticut|
|Medal of Honor issued to Tedford H. Cann|
|Fate:||abandoned, 28 February 1920; no buyers found for the hulk|
|Displacement:||100 long tons (100 t)|
|Length:||239 ft 1 in (72.87 m)|
|Beam:||27 ft 10 in (8.48 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Speed:||13 kn (15 mph; 24 km/h)|
|Complement:||77 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||2 × 3 in (76 mm) guns, 2 × .30 in (7.6 mm) machine guns|
USS May (SP-164) was a yacht purchased by the United States Navy during World War I. She was outfitted with two 3 in (76 mm) guns and two machine guns, and was assigned to patrol the Atlantic Ocean coast and Caribbean and to protect Allied ships from German submarines. After over two years of patrol work, she ran aground off Cape Engano on the Dominican Republic and had to be abandoned.
A Scottish-built yacht
May — a 1,100 long tons (1,100 t) steam yacht built in 1891 by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., Troon, Scotland — was purchased by the Navy from J. R. De Lamar on 11 August 1917; and commissioned on 7 October 1917.
World War I service
Run aground and abandoned
As of March 1919, she was intended for eventual service as a flagship, but she ran aground on a reef off Cape Engano, Santo Domingo on 27 July 1919; after efforts to refloat her failed she was declared abandoned on 28 February 1920.
After unfruitful attempts to refloat her, May's wreck was offered for sale. However, no purchasers appeared, and she was abandoned as unsalable in June 1923.
Awards and honors
|“||For courageous conduct while serving on board the U.S.S. May, 5 November 1917. Cann found a leak in a flooded compartment and closed it at the peril of his life, thereby unquestionably saving the ship.||”|
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- USS May (SP-164), 1917-1919