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Hawk (IX 14)

Call sign (1931):
Nan - Affirmative - Preparatory - Sail

ex-Hawk (PY 2)

Call sign (1912):
Nan - George - Watch

Hawk served the U. S. Navy, plus the Ohio and New York Naval MIlitia's

Patrol Yacht:

  • The first Hawk was built in 1891 as Hermione by Fleming and Ferguson, Paisley, Scotland
  • Purchased by the Navy 2 April 1898 and renamed Hawk
  • Commissioned 5 April 1898
  • Decommissioned 14 September 1898 at Norfolk, VA
  • Recommissioned in 1900 and loaned to the Ohio Naval Militia
  • Transferred 3 August 1909 to the New York Naval Militia
  • Decommissioned 21 May 1919 and laid up in the reserve fleet
  • Designated as a Patrol Yacht, PY-2 in 1920
  • Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary Vessel, IX-14, 1 July 1921
  • Recommissioned 16 April 1922
  • Decommissioned 14 February 1940
  • Sold 25 February 1940 to the Indiana Salvage Co. of Michigan City, IN
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 545 t.
  • Length 145'
  • Beam 22'
  • Draft 11' 6"
  • Speed 14.5 kts.
  • Complement 39
    1920 - 46
  • Armament: One 3-pounder and two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two single ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 900hp quadruple expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Hawk 107k 27 July 1895
    Henry Lillie Pierce's yacht Hermione
    Photo by John S. Johnston (1839-1899)
    Robert Hurst
    USS Hawk
    Hawk 42k

    Hawk - A bird of prey related to the falcon family, noted for its swiftness and grace in flight

    Tommy Trampp
    Hawk 396k At the New York Navy Yard, circa April 1898, while fitting out for naval service
    National Archives photo 19-N-17-7-11
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hawk 143k 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
    U.S. Navy photo NH 54956
    Hawk 37k
    Hawk 64k
    Hawk 45k
    Hawk 300k
    Hawk 126k
    Hawk 218k At the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, in September 1900
    National Archives photo 19-N-17-7-9
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hawk 199k c. 1920s
    Michigan City, Indiana
    While serving as a naval reserve training vessel. USS SC-419 (ex PC-419) is at the right
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 54954
    Mike Green

    Commanding Officers
    01LT John Hood, USN - USNA Class of 1879
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    5 April 1898
    02LTJG Ralph Soper Smith, USNRF1918 - 1919
    03LT Firman Fillmore Knachel, USNR1926 - September 1927
    04CAPT Edward A. Evers, USNRF - Retired as Rear Admiral1931
    05CDR Ola Fred Heslar, USNR1939 - 14 February 1940
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

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