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USS Fish Hawk

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1879 as the screw steamer Fish Hawk at Pusey and Jones Co., Wilmington, DL., for the Bureau of Fisheries
  • Acquired by the Navy, 4 May 1898, and commissioned the same day, LT. F. Swift, in command
  • During the Spanish American War USS Fish Hawk operated with the North Atlantic Fleet on blockade duty off Havana
  • Decommissioned, 15 September 1898, and returned to the Bureau of Fisheries
  • With the United States entry into World War I, Fish Hawk, Chief Boatswain, J. Mahoney in command, performed patrol and inspection duty in the Norfolk area for the Navy under an informal agreement
  • Reacquired by the Navy in July 1918, assigned to duty at New London, CT., where she assisted with the development of sonic submarine detection devices
  • Decommissioned and returned to the Bureau of Fisheries, 1 July 1919
    Displacement unknown
    Length 156' 7"
    Beam 27'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 45
    Armament six 1-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

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    Fish Hawk 34k Bureau of Fisheries ship Fish Hawk underway, date and location Tommy Trampp
    Fish Hawk 1021k Bureau of Fisheries ship Fish Hawk underway, circa 1900 location.
    NOAA Central Library, Image ID: ship0402 by Mr. Steve Nicklas, NGS/RSD
    Bill Gonyo
    Fish Hawk 178k Fish Hawk crew member John P. Johnson, 16 Oct 1892.
    Courtesy of the Asbury Seminary
    Bill Gonyo
    Fish Hawk 206k Fish Hawk crew member Alfred Larsell, 16 Oct 1892.
    Courtesy of the Asbury Seminary
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Fish Hawk
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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