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USS YANKEE (Auxiliary Cruiser)

Displacement 6,225 Tons, Dimensions, 406' 1.5'' (oa) x 48' 4.5" x 21' 1" (Max)
Armament 10 x 5", 6 x 6-pdrs, 2 Colt Machine Guns.
Armor, n/a
Machinery, n/a
Speed, 14.5 Knots, Crew 282.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid as EL NORTE - A Steamer in 1892 at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
Acquired by the US Navy from Southern Pacific Co. on 6 APR 1898
Commissioned as YANKEE 14 APR 1898
Decommissioned 16 MAR 1899
Commissioned 1 MAY 1903
Decommissioned 25 SEP 1906
Commissioned 15 JUN 1908
Ran Aground 23 SEP 1908
Sank under tow about 4 DEC 1908 Stricken 17 APR 1912
Fate: Sank under tow about 4 DEC 1908
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Sampson Medal - Spanish Campaign Medal

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An undated picture of the auxiliary cruiser USS Yankee. Note the 5" guns poking through gunports along the hull side.

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Robert Hurst
Yankeel 93k

USS Yankee photographed at the New York Navy Yard, 27 April 1898, following conversion to an auxiliary cruiser. Her hull is being repainted from civilian black to wartime Navy gray. Ship outboard of her is probably USS Prairie.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 43666.

138k USS Yankee photographed at New York on 9 May 1898 as an auxiliary cruiser. Eight of her 5"/40 guns were located behind ports in the hull and two were on the forecastle.

U.S. National Archives, RG-19-N box 32, Photo No. 19-N-14262

Mike Green
  USS Yankee off Tompkinsville in New York Harbor as an auxiliary cruiser circa mid-1898. This ship and her four near sisters were originally fast coastal freighters with low superstructures.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 43667

Mike Green
18k USS Yankee as a training ship, in peacetime white-and-buff and auxiliary sail rig, in the early 1900s. Her 5" battery is carried in broadside casemates. Robert Hurst
115k USS Yankee shown soon after grounding near New Bedford, Mass., in September, 1908. She had again been re-rigged and rearmed, this time with ten 3" guns, and was serving as a torpedo supply ship and flagship for Naval Militia maneuvers. Mike Green

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Brownson, Willard Herbert, CAPT   03/18/1898
Decommissioned   03/16/1899 - 05/01/1903
Decommissioned   09/25/1906 - 06/15/1908

View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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