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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Hancock Class Transport
    Built 1879 as Passenger Liner
    Launched (Date unknown)

  1. SS ARIZONA (Commercial Service)
    Owned and operated by The Guion Line
    Sold to Northern Pacific Steamship Co. in 1897

    Purchased by the War Department 16 July 1898 for use as a transport in the Spanish-American war and renamed

  3. Commissioned 1898
    Transferred to US Navy 8 November 1902

  4. USS HANCOCK (Transport)
  5. Commissioned 20 November 1902 - Decommissioned 9 March 1903

  6. USS HANCOCK (Receiving Ship)
  7. Recommissioned 21 September 1903 and served as the receiving ship at the Brooklyn Navy Yard until 6 Aug 1913

  8. USS HANCOCK (Transport)
  9. Fitted out as Marine transport (as in U.S. Marines) and served as such until decommissioned on 18 October 1919

    Recommissioned 15 March 1920

  11. Designated (AP) 17 July 1920
    Became the receiving ship at Pearl Harbor on 14 May 1921

  13. Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) 24 Apr 1922
    Decommissioned 1 September 1925

    Sold 28 May 1926
    Fate unknown

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Hancock AP-13 Covers Page 1    (1909-1923)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

Post Office Established 7 October 1908 - Disestablished 10 May 1911


Locy Type 1




Locy Type
1ay ("RECD")



Post Office Reestablished 12 July 1911 - Disestablished 1919


Locy Type
2 (C)


Facing slip. Courtesy of Stewart Milstein.


Locy Type
3 (AC)



Post Office Reestablished 1920 - Disestablished 2 June 1925


Locy Type
3 (B)




IX-12. Sailor's Mail


Locy Type
3s (AC)



IX-12. Sailor's Mail


Locy Type
SLb (32x4)


IX-12. Straight-line marking on the August 13 1921 cover


Other Information

USS HANCOCK earned the World War I Victory Medal w/ Transport clasp, the Mexican Service Medal, the Haiti Campaign Medal and the Dominican Campaign Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Named in Honor of John Hancock (1737-1793)
President of the Second Continental Congress and of the Congress of the Confederation, the first Governor of Massachusetts, and the first person to sign the United States Declaration of Independence.

Six ships of the US Navy have been named HANCOCK - USS Hancock (Schooner 1775), USS Hancock (Sailing Frigate 1776), USS Hancock (Frigate 1778), USS Hancock IX-12, USS Hancock/Ticonderoga CV-14 and USS Hancock CV-19.
Additionally, two ships of the US Navy have been named JOHN HANCOCK - USS John Hancock (Steamship 1850) and USS John Hancock DD-981.



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