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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:
|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
|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
|Post card image of USS Boxer IV in the harbor at Newport R.I. in 1907.
Photo by John Stannard
|USS Boxer IV underway, circa 1908, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 85847 and colorized post card Image.
|Mike Green and
|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
|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
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