Other Proud Hancocks


Shipmates we cannot forget the other ships bearing the Proud name of Hancock. The one I am standing next to here, the John Hancock DD-981, was decommissioned in Mayport, Florida on October 3, 2000 after 21 years of service. She is a Spruance Class Destroyer, homeported at Jacksonville, Florida. We can be equally proud of her. You may visit her homepage by clicking me. I am awaiting word from the US Navy on her disposition, and once I find out, I will note it here. I recommend you visit the Homepage of this ship before it is removed from Active status at www.navy.mil.

The following picture was clipped out of a Logan, Utah newspaper and sent to me by the Late Dr. Andy Gibbons. Thank you "Doc"!

Click here for another JOHN HANCOCK DD-981 Website!

Although this picture is of poorer quality due to the fact that it was scanned from newsprint, I was quite proud that it scanned so well. This one above is scaled to fit the page, but you can have the complete picture by clicking your Right Mouse button and selecting 'Save Picture As" and saving to your favorite download folder. You can do this with any graphic in our galleries as well. The captionn below the picture reads as follows:

"A tugboat pushes the USS John Hancock out of the Mayport Naval Station Base in preparation for the approaching hurricane Floyd on Monday in Jacksonville, Florida." - (AP) -Dated 14 September 1999

USS Lewis Hancock DD-675


We cannot forget the Lewis Hancock DD-675. You can read this ship's history from the DANFS Dictionary of Naval Fighting Ships.

Paul Yarnall also has a site that honors this ship

I have tried to find a homepage or memorial page for this ship and have not been successful. If you know of one, please email me.. thanks!

I have included a list of the 5 Hancocks below. I hope I have done my homework alright here... If I have made a mistake, please let me know, using the handy Email below on the Yeoman Third Class Petty Officer should patch below.

Email the Yeoman if you know of an Association or Homepage or wish to make a Comment


"The HANCOCK, built in Freedom, Pa., in 1849, had side paddle wheels, and was 152 tons. She ran between Savannah and Augusta from 1849 until September 1852. In September 1853, she went to Florida and was there until abandoned in 1855."


"January 9, 1851. The steamer HANCOCK, Captain Murray, arrived on Tuesday evening from Augusta making the trip in 16 hours running time. She brought about 40 passengers some 25 of whom are ministers of the Methodist church, who visit our city, to attend the Conference now in session."

Statistical Data on the Five Hancocks - excluding the Steamboat Hancock

The first ship of the Navy to bear the name Hancock was one of the first group of thirteen frigates authorized for our Continental Navy. This 52 gun ship was named for John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Hancock, in company with the Boston, captured the British Frigate Fox. A few days later the Hancock was alone and fell in with the HMS Rainbow. After a long chase the Rainbow succeeded in capturing the Hancock. She was renamed the Iris, and as such was known as one of the fastest frigates of her day.

The second Hancock (AP-3) was taken over by the Navy from the War Department in 1902. She had various assignments as receiving ship and troop transport. During World War I she was engaged in transporting the American Expeditionary Forces to France. The USS HANCOCK was the troop transport that accompanied the USS LOUISIANA and the USS FLORIDA that carried the 4th Marines to Vera Cruz in 1913 and 1914 during the Mexican-American War. She was stricken from the Navy list in 1925 and sold in 1926. The hull designation is not verified.

The aircraft carrier USS Hancock (CVA-19), the "Fighting Hannah" was the third vessel of the American Navy named in honor of the famed statesman, John Hancock, was launched on January 25, 1944, at the Bethlehem Steel Company, Fore River, Quincy, Massachusetts.

Fourth Hancock, USS Lewis Hancock (DD-675) 75) was laid down 31 March 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.; launched 1 August; sponsored by Lt. Joy Hancock, USNR (W), widow of Lieutenant Commander Hancock, and the first Wave officer to christen a U.S. combatant ship; and commissioned 29 September 1943, Comdr. Charles H. Lyman III in command.

Fifth and last Hancock, USS John Hancock (DD-981) was laid down by Litton Ingalls, Pascagoula Miss. January 16 1976. Launched September 28 1977 and commissioned March 10 1979, active unit of US Navy, homeported at Mayport Florida until October 3rd, 2000 when she was decommissioned.

Final Fate: She was broken up by International Shipbreakers, Brownsville, TX, completed April 28 2007