Many yachts were commandeered for the war effort during World War II. The Nada III (Ida May) was no exception. Indeed, the Nada III was considered the fastest boat on the west coast. The Nada III was used by the United States Coast Guard from July 7, 1942 until October 18, 1945 to search for enemy submarines and to deliver top secret documents. To keep with the continued tradition of celebrities and notables who were aboard the Nada III both, Donald Douglas of Douglas Aircraft and James Kimberly of Kimberly-Clark Kleenix graced the Ida May's decks during this tenuous time.
As the Ida May was being stripped of its' old paint an amazing and thrilling discovery occured, the letters and numbers CG-45010 appeared! The Coast Guard had commandeered the vessel for World War II. What a historic find!