USS Montauk (SP-392)

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Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Montauk
Namesake: A village and fishing resort on Long Island, New York, near Montauk Point, the eastern extremity of New York
Owner: Fisheries Products Co., Wilmington, North Carolina
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: in 1880 at Kennebunk, Maine; rebuilt at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1905
Acquired: by the Navy on 17 August 1917
In service: circa August 1917
Out of service: 21 August 1918 (foundered)
Homeport: Charleston, South Carolina
Fate: ran ashore and broke up on Cumberland Island, in the Sea Islands, on the coast of Georgia
General characteristics
Type: Trawler
Tonnage: 161 tons
Length: 121'
Beam: 19'
Draft: 10' (mean)
Propulsion: not known
Speed: 8 knots
Complement: 24 officers and enlisted
Armament: not known
For other ships with the same name, see USS Montauk.

USS Montauk (SP-392) was a trawler acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War I. She was outfitted as a coastal minesweeper and was assigned to the 6th Naval District based at Charleston, South Carolina. During a gale off the southeast coast of the United States, she ran aground on Cumberland Island and was destroyed, with a loss of life of seven of her crew.

Built in Delaware[edit]

The second ship to be so named by the U.S. Navy, Montauk (SP 392), built originally at Kennebunk, Maine, in 1880, was rebuilt at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1905; and acquired by the Navy through purchase from the Fisheries Products Company, Wilmington, North Carolina, 17 August 1917.

World War I service[edit]

Placed in service as a coastal minesweeper soon thereafter, Montauk patrolled the coastline of the 6th Naval District until 21 August 1918.

Run aground and lost[edit]

Cruising at that time off the Georgia and Florida coast, Montauk was lost, with seven of her crew, when she ran aground and foundered at Cumberland Island, one of the barrier islands off the Georgia coast -- known as the Sea Islands -- in a northeasterly gale. Montauk was approximately 20 miles from Fernandina, Florida, at the time.

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