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USS Buffalo (AD-8)
ex
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 Nictheroy
  • 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.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,530 t.
    Length 406 1"
    Beam 48 3"
    Draft 209"
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Complement 50
    Armament
    two 5" guns
    four 4" guns.
    Propulsion
    coal fired boilers
    steam turbine
    single propeller

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    Nictheroy
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105941
    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, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105942
    129k Nictheroy fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1898 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Her single 15-inch dynamite gun on the forecastle was offset 3 feet to starboard of the centerline and was trainable right ahead and on both bows. The gun on the right may be one of the two 33-pounder (4-inch) Hotchkiss quick fire guns that were listed as having been "mounted forward on the bluff of the bow on each side," although it might also be a smaller caliber weapon.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105942, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105943
    115k Nictheroy fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1898 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. Shown looking forward from near the stern, aft of the main mast. The gun is probably one of the ship's nine one-pounder Hotchkiss quick fire weapons, eight of which were mounted on top of the deck houses. She also had two 1-pounder Hotchkiss machine guns on top of the pilot house.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105943, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105944
    96k Nictheroy fitting out for Brazilian Navy service in November 1898 at the Morgan Iron Works, New York City. The gun, which is mounted on the stern, is almost certainly a 4.7" quick fire weapon built by the Hotchkiss Ordnance Co.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105944, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Buffalo
    Buffalo 65k USS Buffalo on 29 November 1898 soon after having been commissioned as an auxiliary cruiser.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 754, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    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 66k Watercolor by D'Esposito, 1900 of USS Buffalo. The artist may have been Gaetano D'Esposito (1858-1911) or Vicenzo D'Esposito (1886-1946). Both painted many maritime scenes in and near Malta.
    Courtesy of LT. H. C. Allen, 1940, from the collection of Admiral C. T. Hutchins. US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 57991, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 56660-A
    92k USS Buffalo probably photographed while serving as a training ship between 1900 and 1905.
    Courtesy of Howard I. Chapelle, Smithsonian Institution. US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 56660-A and NH 56645, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 56645
    78k
    Buffalo 112k USS Buffalo at anchor with boats out, date and location unknown.
    Library of Congress, LC-D4-20261
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 108k USS Buffalo while serving as a training ship in 1902.
    US. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 56644, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 64k USS Buffalo at Algiers in January 1904 while serving as a training ship. Courtesy of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1933.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 434, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 134k "Teddy" the USS Buffalo mascot, circa 1908
    Photo by Pillsbury Picture Co.
    Darryl Baker
    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
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105647
    82k USS Buffalo while serving as a transport The letters on the hillside on the left publicize the Portola Week Festival. Photo by Wilkinson. Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105647, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 115k USS Buffalo in drydock at the Mare Island Navy Yard 20 May 1913.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command #: NH 78675, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105587
    53k USS Buffalo off Corinto, Nicaragua, circa 1913-1914. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105587, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105589
    59k USS Buffalo circa 1913-1914, possibly off the Central American coast. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105589, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    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, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105447
    85k USS Buffalo at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. loading supplies, circa April 1914 while preparing for the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Photo courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 105447 and NH 105448, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green - 105447 and
    Robert Hurst - 105448
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105448
    78k
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105445
    48k USS Buffalo leaving Mare Island, Navy Yard for the California City Coaling Depot in early May, 1914, just before departing on the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Photo Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 105445, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105592
    81k USS Buffalo assisting the grounded three-masted wooden cannery bark Paramita in Lost Harbor, Akun Island, Alaska in May or June 1914. Paramita was run aground in Lost Harbor after flooding from an earlier grounding in a storm at Ugamak Island on 14 May 1914 ignited lime in her holds. Heavy seas later destroyed the wreck. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105592.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105591
    58k USS Buffalo in Unalaska Bay in May or June 1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition, viewed from Mount B allyhoo. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105591.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105460
    65k USS Buffalo at Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, coal dock in late June 1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 105460, NH 105462 and NH 105451.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105462
    81k
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105451
    68k
    Buffalo 50k USS Buffalo at Kodiak, Alaska, 4 July 1914, during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105444.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105470
    83k USS Buffalo moored pierside at the Naval Coaling Station Sitka, Alaska, in October or late September 1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105470.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105473
    81k USS Buffalo moored pierside at the Naval Coaling Station Sitka, Alaska, in October or late September 1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. The two coal sheds of the coaling station are on the left, as are the three towers of the co-located radio station. The tower on the right is of a different type and was probably added by the 1914 expedition. Collection of Admiral Montgomery M. Taylor, donated by Louisa R. Alger, 1962.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105473.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105453
    86k USS Buffalo preparing to lay a communications cable at Sitka, Alaska, in October or late September 1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. A steam launch from the ship is alongside an improvised pontoon carrying the cable reel. The cable has been connected at the Sitka end and the pontoon will soon be towed across the channel, paying out cable on the way. Buffalo is moored at the pier of the Japonski Island Naval Coaling Station, with the station's two coal sheds visible to the right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105453, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105452
    74k USS Buffalo laying a communications cable at Sitka, Alaska, in October or late September 1914 during the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Two steam launches from the ship and an improvised pontoon carrying the cable reel are part way across the channel during the cable laying operation. Buffalo is moored at the pier of the Japonski Island Naval Coaling Station, with the station's two coal sheds visible to the right. The radio station is just to the right of the coaling station. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105452.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 54k USS Buffalo returning to Mare Island, Navy Yard, 27 October 1914, at the conclusion of the 1914 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Photo Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 105446, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo 81k USS Buffalo in San Francisco Bay on 28 March 1916 while serving as a transport. Note the ferry Berkeley to the left and the large pier in the distance to the right. Courtesy of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 92202.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 71k USS Buffalo probably while serving as a transport between 1906 and 1917. The original image is printed on postcard ("AZO") stock. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2007
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105102, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 38k USS Buffalo in European waters, 12 November 1918 while wearing pattern camouflage paint. Photographed by E. J. Kelty
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 96642.
    Robert Hurst
    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 515k USS Buffalo at anchor in the harbor at Villefranche, France, circa 1918-1919.
    Photo from Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, file name: M-46 AD-8 01.
    Darryl Baker
    Buffalo 96k USS Buffalo at Villefranche on the French Mediterranean coast in late 1918 or early 1919. Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105907, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo
    NH 105527
    99k Bow and stern views of USS Buffalo in dry dock during of soon after World War I. The stern view shows her four-blade propeller and rudder. The original images were printed on postcard ("AZO") stock. Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.
    US Naval Historical Center Photograph, Photo #: NH 105527, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Buffalo
    NH 105525
    64k
    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 68k USS Buffalo in the Azores by St. Jacques circa early 1919. The ships in the distance to the right include a large armed yacht with two funnels and a merchant ship still wearing her World War I camouflage paint. Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 105908, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 48k USS Buffalo at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's All The World's Fighting Ships 1924." Robert Hurst
    Buffalo 156k USS Buffalo in "Red Lead Row" at the Destroyer Base, San Diego, CA., at the end of 1922. The similar ship behind her is USS Prairie (AD-5). This is an enlargement of part of Photo # NH 42539, which also shows at least 65 destroyers in this reserve fleet.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 43539-A, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    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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