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USRC Itasca
ex-USS Bancroft

Bancroft served both the U. S. Navy and the Revenue Cutter Service.


Gunboat:

  • Laid down in February 1891 by Samuel L. Moore and Sons, Elizabethport, NJ
  • Launched 30 April 1892
  • Commissioned USS Bancroft 3 March 1893
  • Decommissioned 30 September 1898 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned 14 August 1900
  • Decommissioned 25 May 1901 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned 6 October 1902
  • Transferred to the Revenue Cutter Service 30 June 1906 and commissioned USRC Itasca
  • Sold for scrap in May 1922 at Baltimore, MD for $8,250.00.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 839 t.
  • Length 187' 6"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 123
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 gun mounts, two 6-pounders, two 3-pounders and one 18" torpedo tube
    1903 - Four 4" mounts and eight 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two cylinderical boilers, two 1,200ihp vertical triple-expansion engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Bancroft
    Bancroft 113 Photographed in 1893 soon after completion
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 56333
    Mike Green
    Bancroft 153k At anchor, at New York, during the Columbian Naval Parade, 27 April 1893
    Photo courtesy of DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
    Robert Hurst
    Bancroft 77k Dressed with flags, circa 1893-98.
    Halftone photograph, published in Uncle Sam's Navy, 1898.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 56334
    Navy Historical Center
    Bancroft 102k Firing a salute in 1898.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 56338
    Bancroft 59k Commander Richardson Clover, USN (1846-1919)
    Photograph taken circa 1898. As the Chief of the Office of Naval Intelligence, he served on the Naval War Board in March-April 1898, and commanded USS Bancroft during the rest of the
    Spanish-American War.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 51660
    Bill Gonyo
    Bancroft 100 Underway off Boston, Massachusetts, on 25 October 1902. Modified with a reduced rig for gunboat duty in 1896, she had just recommissioned on 6 October 1902 for service in the Caribbean
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 56337
    Mike Green
    Bancroft 166k c. 1905
    Pensacola, Florida
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 56335
    USRC Itasca
    Bancroft 336k U.S. Coast Guard photo Mike Green
    Bancroft 150k The Itasca in Naples, Italy on a cadet training cruise.
    U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Bancroft 114k U.S. Coast Guard photo
    Bancroft 434k
    Bancroft 589 Ink drawing by unknown artist Tommy Trampp
    Bancroft 121k c. 1917
    Probably while under Navy control during World War I. She has been rearmed, visible guns including two smaller ones in the former port side sponsons and a larger one on the forecastle. In late 1918 she was listed with 2-3"/50 and 2-6pdr guns
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53281
    Mike Green
    Bancroft 66k Photo from the 1919 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst

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