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USS Boxer (IV)

1013 International Radio Call Sign, 1912:
Nan - Cast - Rush
Brigantine Rigged Training Ship:
  • Built, date unknown, at Navy Yard Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Launched, 11 October 1904
  • Commissioned USS Boxer, 11 May 1905, LT. Hilary H. Royall, in command
  • Initially assigned to duty Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I. to train landsmen and apprentices
  • Reassigned, 20 October 1912 to the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
  • Reassigned, 25 June 1914, to Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I.
  • Decommissioned, 14 May 1920, and transferred to the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education in Alaska
  • Acquired by the US Army Corps of Engineers, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 345.6 t.
    Length 125' 4"
    Beam 29' 9"
    Draft 9' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 64
    Armament none
    Propulsion sail

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    USS Enterprise vs 
HMS Boxer

    The name Boxer comes from His Majesty's Brig Boxer, Captain Samuel Blyth, encountered and captured by the US brig Enterprise, Lieutenant William Burrows, off Portland, Maine, on 5 September 1813.

    NS022160: Engagement between the "Enterprise" and "Boxer," from Twenty-Six Historic Ships, by Fredrick Hill (1903).

    Four previous US warships had borne the name:

    1. A brig.
    2. A schooner.
    3. A British sidewheel steamer named Tristram Shandy, captured on 15 May 1864 and renamed Boxer on 21 June 1865.
    4. A brigantine-rigged training ship.
    Boxer 129k USS Boxer IV at the Portsmouth, N.H., Navy Yard in May 1905, the month of her commissioning.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 56556
    Mike Green
    Boxer 175k USS Boxer IV at the Portsmouth, N.H., Navy Yard in May 1905. On the right is Reina Mercedes, which departed Portsmouth for Newport, R.I., 21 May 1905 after conversion to a receiving ship.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 2905
    Mike Green
    Boxer 24k Post card image of USS Boxer IV in the harbor at Newport R.I. in 1907.
    Photo by John Stannard
    Tommy Trampp
    Boxer 124k USS Boxer IV underway, circa 1908, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 85847 and colorized post card Image.
    Mike Green and
    Tommy Trampp
    Boxer 267k
    Boxer 259k Two versions of the same post card image of USS Boxer IV under sail near the Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I., circa 1907.
    © W. B. Childs, Newport.
    Tommy Trampp and Arnold Putnam
    Boxer 263k
    Boxer 314k Ex-USS Boxer IV in Army service as a barge at Seattle, WA. Boxer apparently lost her mainmast and spars before the Army acquired her, leaving little evidence of the handsome brigantine she once was. Photo Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.
    Photos and text from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover
    Robert Hurst

    USS Boxer IV
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