USS Mayflower (1897)

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Name: Mayflower
Namesake: A species of shrubs and trees of the arbutus genus with white or pink flowers and scarlet berries.
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 1897
Commissioned: 10 May 1917
Decommissioned: circa 1 July 1919
Struck: 1919 (est.)
Fate: returned to the U.S. Lighthouse Service, 1 July 1919
General characteristics
Displacement: 630 tons
Length: 164' 0"
Beam: 30' 0"
Draft: 7' 9"
Propulsion: not known
Complement: 29
Armament: not known

USS Mayflower (1897) was a lighthouse tender loaned to the U.S. Navy to patrol the Atlantic Ocean coast during World War I. When the war ended, she was returned to the U.S. Lighthouse Service.

Commissioned in 1917

The third Mayflower, a lighthouse tender built in 1897, was transferred to the Navy after the U.S. entered World War I and commissioned 10 May 1917.

World War I service

She patrolled off the Atlantic coast during the war.

Post-war disposition

When the war ended, Mayflower was returned to the Lighthouse Service by Executive order 1 July 1919.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.