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USS Hannibal (AG-1)
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USS Hannibal (1898 - 1921)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Escort Clasp)
Bottom Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


  • Built in 1898 as SS Joseph Holland, a Collier, by J. Blumer and Co., Sunderland, Great Britain
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 April 1898
  • Commissioned as the US Navy Collier USS Hannibal, 7 June 1898, CDR. H. G. Colby in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 August 1911
  • Recommissioned, 16 October 1911
  • Decommissioned in 1920 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 9 February 1921 as USS Hannibal (AG-1)
  • Decommissioned, 20 August 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register. date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a bombing target in March 1945
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,000 t.
    Length 274' 1"
    Beam 39' 2"
    Draft 17' 7"
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 244
    Armament
    one 4" gun mount
    two 3" guns
    eight, .50-cal. machine guns
    Propulsion
    coal fired boilers
    one vertical triple expansion steam engine
    single propeller, 1,100 shp

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    Hannibal 118k SS Joseph Holland arriving at Brooklyn, N.Y., 9 May 1898, to be converted into the navy collier Hannibal. The ship's name has been crudely painted out on her stern and lifeboats but she retains the "FSH" stack markings of the Francis Stanley Holland firm. Mollenhauer Sugar Refining Co. in the background was a Brooklyn waterfront landmark.
    US National Archives, RG-19-MC box 1, photo # unknown
    Mike Green
    Hannibal 110k SS Joseph Holland at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 20 May 1898, awaiting conversion to the navy collier Hannibal. The receiving ship USS Vermont is behind her as are two other ships probably awaiting conversion. She still carries her original owner's stack markings.
    US National Archives, RG-19-MC box 1, photo # unknown
    Mike Green
    Hannibal 81k USS Hannibal probably Hampton Roads, VA., 2 May 1907.
    US Navy photo # NH 99734 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 80k USS Hannibal at anchor, 2 January 1914, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 761 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Fred Weiss
    Hannibal 114k USS Hannibal at anchor showing the wear and tear of surveying operations circa 1915.
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-31, photo # unknown
    Mike Green
    Hannibal 52k USS Hannibal at Brest, France, circa 1918-1919 while serving as tender to US Navy Submarine Chasers at Plymouth, England.
    US Navy photo # NH 64966 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, the Peter K. Connelly collection, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1967.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 90k USS Hannibal moored in a Caribbean area harbor, possibly St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in 1919.
    US Navy photo # NH 78195 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of CDR. Donald J. Robinson, USN (MSC), 1973.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 79k USS Hannibal at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, in 1919.
    US Navy photo # NH 99699 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of George K. Beach USS SC-331.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Hannibal (AG-1)
    Hannibal 108k USS Hannibal (AG-1) at Philadelphia, PA., getting underway to conduct surveys in Cuban waters during the 1920s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99719 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 67k USS Hannibal (AG-1) at anchor in the 1920s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 665 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 67k USS Hannibal (AG-1) at anchor in the Caribbean while engaged in survey work during the early 1920s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99700 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 109k US Hannibal (AG-1) at anchor in the Caribbean while engaged in survey work during the early 1920s. Hannibal has a barge and the two submarine chasers alongside. Outboard subchaser is USS SC-353 and the other is probably USS SC-223. Both worked with Hannibal on survey work.
    US Navy photo # NH 99701 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 98k USS Hannibal (AG-1) at anchor, April 1924, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 63541 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 53k USS Hannibal (AG-1) at Philadelphia Navy Yard, with her officers and crew posing on the deck, circa late 1920. Panoramic photograph taken by E.E. Hildebrandt, Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia.
    US Navy photo # NH 103195, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Hannibal 86k USS Hannibal (AG-1) anchored at Bahia Honda, Panama, 3 February 1934.
    US Navy photo # NH 53627 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Hannibal 77k USS Hannibal (AG-1) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Hannibal 22k USS Hannibal (AG-1) underway, circa 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Hannibal 126k USS Hannibal (AG-1) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 11 July 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM., Photo # 19-N-51958 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Hannibal (AG-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Colby, Harrison Gray Otis (1867)7 June 1898 - ?
    03CDR. Hayward, George North10 May 1911 - 15 August 1911
     Decommissioned15 August 1911 - 16 October 1911
    04CDR. Blamer, DeWitt15 August - 16 October 1911
     Decommissioned15 August 1919 - 9 February 1921
    05CDR. Hayward, George North? - 1915
    07CDR. Fisher, Joseph Otto29 July 1922 - 21 June 1923
    08CDR. Conn, Jr., William Tipton.21 June 1923 - 1924
    09CDR. Parker, Edward Constant Southword1924 - 1 September 1925
    10CDR. Rodgers, Christopher Raymond Paul1 September 1925 - 24 August 1927
    11CAPT. Smyth, William Woods24 August 1927 - 28 August 1929
    12CAPT. LeBreton, David McDougal ;RADM28 August 1929 - ?
    13CDR. Slayton, Charles Churchill30 April 1931 - ?
    14CDR. Hinckley, Robert Messinger1934 - ?
    15LT. Luosey, Michael Joseph1937 - 1938
    16CDR. Richards, Frederick Gore1936 - 1937
    17CDR. Nichols, Chester Laroy 1938 - 1939
    16CDR. Korns, Virgil Eben1939 - 1940
    19LCDR. Bell, Russell Dudley1940 - ?
    20LCDR. Johnson, George N.1943 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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