From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

A river in central Maryland flowing into the Chesapeake Bay; Indian word meaning small plain deviod of timber.

(AVP-45: dp. 1,695; l. 310'9"; b. 41'1"; s. 20 k.' a. 4 5"; cl. Barnegat)

The name Magothy was assigned to AVP-45 on 23 August 1942; but naval acquisition of the small seaplane tender being built by Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, Wash., was canceled 22 April 1943.