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Hawk (IX 14)

Hawk served the U. S. Navy and the Ohio/New York Naval Militia.

Patrol Yacht:

  • Built in 1891 as the yacht Hermione by Fleming and Ferguson, Ltd., Paisley, Scotland for James A. Allan of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Launched 23 April 1891
  • Acquired by Congressman Henry Lillie Pierce of Massachusetts
  • Acquired by the Navy in April 1898
  • Converted to a gunboat and commissioned USS Hawk 5 April 1898
  • Decommissioned 14 September 1898 at Norfolk, VA and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned in 1900 and loaned to the Ohio Naval Militia
  • Transferred to the New York Naval Militia 3 August 1909 at Buffalo, NY
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1919 and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Designated as a Patrol Yacht, PY-2 in 1920
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-14, 1 July 1921
  • Recommissioned 16 April 1922
  • Decommissioned 14 February 1940
  • Sold for scrap 25 February 1940 to the Indiana Salvage Co. of Michigan City, Indiania
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists sale date as February 1941.


  • Displacement 545 t.
    1914 - 375 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 11'
    1921 - 11' 6"
  • Speed 14 kts.
    1911 - 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 47
    1911 - 50
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two 1-pounders
    1905 - Battery removed
    1911 - One 3-pounder rapid fire mount
    1921 - One 3-pounder and two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single-ended cylinderical boiler, one 1,000ihp quadruple expansion steam engine, one shaft
    1921 - Two single ended boilers, one auxiliary boiler and one 900ihp verticle quadruple-expansion steam engine.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Hermione
    Hawk 37k . Gunter Krebs
    Hawk 65k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Hawk 94k . Clyde Built Ships
    Hawk 110k 27 July 1895
    Photo by New York Maritime Photographer John S. Johnston (c1839 - 1899) courtesy of
    Robert Hurst
    USS Hawk
    Hawk 176k April 1898, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
    Fitting out for Spanish-American War service
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54593
    Naval Historical Center
    Hawk 146k Ship's officers post on her deck, September 1898. Seated are, left to right: Ensign Frank H. Schofield, Executive Officer; Lieutenant John Hood, Commanding Officer. Standing are, left to right: Ensign Thomas J. Senn; an unidentified paymaster; Ensign Earl. P. Jessop
    Donation of Alex Riggin.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 54956
    Bill Gonyo
    Hawk 45k Photo probably taken while serving with the New York State Naval Militia
    Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Hawk 129k Port broadside of the Hawk between 1890 and 1901
    Detroit Publishing Co. photo 02212-3 from the Library of Congress (Photo LC-D4-22123)
    Mike Green
    Hawk 308k . Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Hood, USN5 April 1898
    02CDR Ola Fred Heslar, USNR - Retired as Captain1939 - 14 February 1940
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
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