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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 1998
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 - Spanish Campaign Medal

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USS Yankee at the New York Navy Yard on 2 May 1898 after being fitted out as an auxiliary cruiser.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 43669.

Robert Hurst

Starboard bow view of the Auxiliary cruiser USS Yankee at anchor. Date and location unknown

Library of Congress, LC-D4-21059.

Mike Green

Starboard broadside of the Auxiliary cruiser USS Yankee at anchor in wartime gray. Location and date unknown.

Library of Congress, LC-D4-21058.

Mike Green

Undated starboard quarter view of the Auxiliary cruiser USS Yankee anchored at an unknown location.

United States Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-32359

Mike Green
Yankee 93k

USS Yankee fitting out as an auxiliary cruiser on 27 April 1898 at the New York Navy Yard. Three of her ten 5"/40 guns are visibile and her hull is being repainted from civilian black to wartime Navy gray. The ship outboard of her is probably her near sister Prairie.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 43666

Robert Hurst
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
122k 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

USS Yankee shown rearmed and re-rigged for service in the Atlantic Training Squadron in 1903-1905. The eight guns in the hull have been moved to new locations and the two on the forecastle have been removed.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 43667.

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

USS Yankee wrecked on Spindle Rock, Hen and Chickens reef, off Horse Neck Beach, Massachusetts. She had gone aground on 23 September 1908 and sank after being refloated on 4 December 1908. This photograph was published on a post card by L.L. Gifford. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.

Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 104163
Mike Green

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Brownson, Willard Herbert, CAPT   03/18/1898
Decommissioned   03/16/1899 - 05/01/1903
Colvocoressee, G. P., CDR 05/01/1903 -
Decommissioned   09/25/1906 - 06/15/1908
Marsh, Charles C., CDR 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

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Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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