From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I p 59
In Greek mythology Argus was a hundred-eyed monster slain by Hermes.
The second Argus (PY-14) was built in 1929 as Haida by Germania Werft, Kiel, Germany ; purchased by the Navy 25 October 1940 ; and commissioned 12 February 1941, Lieutenant Commander H. H. Connelley in command.
Argus operated out of San Francisco (February-- September 1941) attached to the Patrol Force, 12th Naval District, and Patrol Squadron 1, Local Defense Force, 12th Naval District, On 17 September 1941 she was decommissioned and transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Returned to the Navy 16 March 1942, she again took up local patrol and boarding duties out of San Francisco.
Argus was decommissioned 15 April 1946 and transferred to the Maritime Commission 30 October 1946.