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USS Hancock (IX-12)
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USS Hancock (AP-3) (1920 - 1921)
USS Hancock (Transport) (1902 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal (with Transport clasp)
Bottom Row - Mexican Service Medal - Haiti Campaign Medal - Dominican Campaign Medal


Hancock Class Transport:
  • Built in 1879 as the passenger liner SS Arizona at J. Elder & Co., Glasgow, Scotland for the Guion Line
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Purchased by the War Department in 1898
  • Transferred to the Navy, 8 November 1902
  • Commissioned USS Hancock, 20 November 1902, LCDR. Frederick. W. Coffin, USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 9 March 1903, at New York Navy Yard
  • Fitted out at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a Marine Transport
  • Recommissioned, 21 September 1903
  • Decommissioned, 18 October 1919 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 15 March 1920
  • Designated (AP-3) in July 1920
  • Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-12) circa 1921
  • Decommissioned, 1 September 1925, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold and subsequently turned over to her new owners, 28 May 1926, towed out of Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 June 1926, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,500 t.
    Length 465' 6"
    Beam 45' 4"
    Draft 24' 3"
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 278
    Armament six single 3" gun mounts
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Merchant Service
    Hancock 80k SS Arizona in port, showing damage to her bow received when she struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, 7 November 1879. Location is probably St. John's, Newfoundland.
    US Navy photo # NH 63068 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (Medical Corps), 1931.
    Robert Hurst
    USAT Hancock
    Hancock 54k
    Namesake

    John Hancock was born 12 January 1737 in Braintree, Mass., graduated from Harvard College in 1754, and became the wealthiest merchant in Boston. He was president of the Massachusetts-provincial Congress and served as president of the Continental Congress from 24 May 1775 to 29 October 1777. As holder of this office, Hancock was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock served the Continental Congress until he became Governor of Massachusetts in 1780. He presided over the State's Constitutional Convention held in that year. He also presided over the Massachusetts Convention of 1788 which ratified the Federal Constitution. With the exception of a term in the Confederate Congress, 1785-86, Hancock was Governor of Massachusetts until his death 8 October 1793. His body was interred in the Old Granary Burying Ground, Boston.
    Image: John Hancock by 1765 by John Singleton Copley
    Brooklyn College Library
    Bill Gonyo
    Hancock 40k USAT Hancock moored pierside, circa 1898 to 1900 prior to being turned over to the Navy Department by the War Department. Sven Dorsey via Ramon Jackson
    Hancock 64k USAT Hancock underway, circa 1898-1902, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 76117 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Photo from the William H. Topley Collection, courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1972.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 58k USAT Hancock off Mare Island Navy Yard, circa 1900.
    US Navy photo # NH 76117 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Photo from the William H. Topley Collection, courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1972.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 132k USAT Hancock coaling at Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1902. Tommy Trampp
    Hancock 145k
    Hancock 1557k USAT Hancock in dry dock #1 at Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 December 1902.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Hancock 597k USAT Hancock left, and USAT Lawton at anchor off Mare Island Navy Yard, in December 1902.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    USS Hancock (Transport / AP-3)
    Hancock 674k USS Hancock underway with the assistance of USS Active on the starboard side and likely Unadilla on the port side off Mare Island Navy Yard, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 84408 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    William Crawford
    Hancock 75k USS Hancock off Mare Island Navy Yard during the early 1900s.
    US Navy photo # NH 84409 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1976.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 58k USS Hancock moored at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., circa May 1908, while serving as Receiving Ship there. Tug Narkeeta (Harbor Tug # 3) is passing by in the right foreground. Beyond Hancock is a smokestack of USS Baltimore (C-3), then laid up in reserve, the Executive Office, then the Marine Barracks. Note that Hancock's sides, amidships and aft, have been built up for receiving ship service.
    US Navy photo # NH 93996 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of M.S. Brainard, 1982.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 54k USS Hancock as the receiving ship at the New York Navy Yard circa 1910, when the Connecticut-class battleship in the right distance received her two cage masts. The original image is printed on post card stock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105913 Donation of Captain Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2008.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 113k USS Hancock docked at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914. The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. The reverse of the original card is inscribed, in ink: "The home of the First Advance Base Regt. U.S. Marine Corps".
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 106691 Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 47k USS Hancock at anchor, 9 March 1914, location unknown..
    US Navy photo # NH 104680 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 88k USS Hancock "in action", circa 1914-1917. She appears to be firing salutes in this photo, which was copyrighted by N. Moser, New York, and printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Note the heavily retouched bow wave streaming away from the "thousand-ton" destroyer partially visible at right
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 106252 Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2009.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 77k USS Hancock moored pierside at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA., circa 1915-1916.
    US Navy photo # NH 82131 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Collection of LCDR. Abraham DeSomer, donated by Myles DeSomer, 1975.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 82k USS Hancock in harbor with Marines crowding her decks, circa 1916.
    US Navy photo # NH 104679 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Collection of Eugene Bennett, donated by his daughter, Jene B. Hart, September 1988.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 135k USS Hancock anchored in harbor with troops crowding her decks, 2 July 1917, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Hancock 283k US Army soldiers aboard USS Hancock about to sail for France, 1917, location unknown.
    International Film Service. Photographer unknown.
    US National Archives and Records Administration, Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division. ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 533684. Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952 (ARC identifier: 494) Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, compiled 1917 - 1918 (ARC identifier: 533461
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 58k USS Hancock at anchor, circa Summer 1919, location unknown..
    US Navy photo # NH 104681 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Collection of Rear Admiral Bradford Bartlett, USN.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 91k USS Hancock dressed with flags at Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA., 28 June 1919. Note the men and women strolling on the waterfront, and the bus at left.
    US Navy photo # NH 53624 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Hancock 68k USS Hancock probably moored at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, in 1919.
    US Navy photo
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    USS Hancock (IX-12)
    Hancock 76k USS Hancock (IX-12) at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, circa early 1920s, while serving as the Yard's Receiving Ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 104677 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Chuck Ulrich, coordinator/historian AP Transport Group and Robert Hurst
    Hancock 92k USS Hancock (IX-12) at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii Territory, 27 November 1923. She was then serving as the Yard's Receiving Ship. Dry Dock # One runs horizontally across the middle of the image.
    US Navy photo # NH 104678 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Hancock (AP-3 / IX-12)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Coffin, Frederick, Weseley 20 November 1902 - 9 March 1903
     Decommissioned9 March 1903 - 21 September 1903
    02LCDR. Hughes, Richard Morris 3 October 1904 - ?
    03LCDR. Brand, Charles Augustine 10 October 1908 - 1909
    04CAPT. Smith, James Thorn 26 November 1910 - ?
    05CAPT. Rush, William Rees3 April 1912 - 6 August 1913
    06CAPT. Willard, Arthur Lee :VADM6 August 1913 - 18 June 1914
    07CAPT. Smith, Wilbert18 June 1914 - 13 November 1915
    08LTjg.. Hydrick, Jacob Lawton13 November 1915 - 21 March 1916
    09CDR. Pollock, Edwin Taylor21 March 1916 - 17 July 1917
    10CDR. Moses, Charles Clifton17 July 1917 - ?
    11LT. Rodman, Walker Perry13 February 1923 - ?
     Decommissioned18 October 1919 - 15 March 1920
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photo courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    "The Returned First Nebraska Volunteers Re-Enter San Francisco", Omaha Daily Bee, 13 August 1899, Pg3 Image 27
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