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USS Buffalo (AD-8)
Transport (1906 - 1918)
Auxiliary Cruiser (1898 - 1906)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Philippine Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - China Relief Expedition Medal- Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Asiatic and Mobile Base clasps)

Screw Steamer / Buffalo Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Built in 1892 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., as SS El Cid
  • Sold to Brazil and remained SS Nicheroy
  • Purchased by the US Navy from the Brazilian Government, 11 July 1898 and renamed USS Buffalo
  • Commissioned in ordinary a week later and fitted out as an Auxiliary Cruiser at New York Navy Yard
  • Commissioned in full, 22 September 1898, CDR. Joseph N. Hamphill in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 July 1899
  • Recommissioned, 2 April 1900, to serve as a Training Ship
  • Decommission at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., April 1905
  • Recommissioned, 17 November 1906, as a Transport
  • Decommissioned, 27 January 1915
  • Recommissioned, 29 November 1915
  • Converted to a Destroyer Tender at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. in 1918
  • Designated (AD-8), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 15 November 1922, at San Diego, CA., in service as a Barracks Ship
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 May 1927
  • Final Disposition, sold, September 1927, fate unknown.
    Displacement 6,530 t.
    Length 406 1"
    Beam 48 3"
    Draft 209"
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Complement 50
    two 5" guns
    four 4" guns.
    coal fired boilers
    steam turbine
    single propeller

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    Buffalo 93k Nictheroy (Brazilian auxiliary cruiser, 1893-1898, ex SS El Cid, later USS Buffalo) probably shown fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1898 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Her single 15-inch dynamite gun is on the forecastle. A small quick fire gun, probably one of her eight 6-pounder Hotchkiss weapons, is barely visible behind a shield on the weather deck aft. Six of the other 6-pounders were carried being behind ports in the hull along with four tubes for Howell torpedoes. Her former name, El Cid, has been painted out on the bow but the ship still wears the rest of her mercantile paint scheme.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 105941
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 32k USS Buffalo, CDR. Hutchins, Commanding Officer, Photo by Edward H. Hart., (between 1898 and 1901) Photo from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Bill Gonyo
    Buffalo 143k USS Buffalo at Brooklyn Navy Yard, date unknown.
    Library of Congress, LC-D4-20263
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 2193k "Teddy" the USS Buffalo mascot, circa 1908
    Photo by Pillsbury Picture Co.
    Darryl Baker
    Buffalo 112k USS Buffalo at anchor with boats out, date and location unknown.
    Library of Congress, LC-D4-20261
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 357k USS Buffalo at anchor in San Francisco Bay during the Portola Week Festival in October 1913.
    Photo by Dresser's 226 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Buffalo 115k USS Buffalo in drydock at the Mare Island Navy Yard 20 May 1913.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command #: NH 78675
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 72k USS Buffalo in drydock circa 1914, possibly at the Mare Island Navy Yard before departing on the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition.
    Photo from the collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command #: NH 105590
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 85k USS Buffalo at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. circa April 1914 while preparing for the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 105447, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 94k USS Buffalo pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Doug Fisher
    Buffalo 515k USS Buffalo at anchor in the harbor at Villefranche, France, date unknown.
    Photo from Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, file name: M-46 AD-8 01.
    Darryl Bake
    Buffalo 75k USS Buffalo at anchor in the harbor at Gibraltar circa December 1918, with USS Schley (Destroyer # 103) alongside and the collier USS Jupiter (Collier # 3) in the background. Note that Schley is still wearing pattern camouflage, while Buffalo has been repainted into overall grey.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 56643
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 99k USS Buffalo stern view showing her four-blade propeller and rudder. Taken while she was in dry dock, during or soon after World War I. The original image printed on postcard ("AZO") stock. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo #: NH 105527
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 370k USS Buffalo at anchor in the Azores, 3 May 1919.
    Photo from Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, file name: M-45 AD-8 01.
    Darryl Baker
    Buffalo 48k USS Buffalo at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's All The World's Fighting Ships 1924." Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Buffalo, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Henry Connelly (1864-1948) Photo Collection
  • Commanding Officers

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