USS Bancroft (1892)

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Namesake: George Bancroft
Laid down: 1891
Launched: 30 April 1892
Commissioned: 3 March 1893
Decommissioned: 1905
Struck: 30 June 1906
Fate: Transferred to Revenue Cutter Service
General characteristics
Displacement: 839 tons
Length: 189 ft 5 in (57.73 m)
Beam: 32 ft 0 in (9.75 m)
Draft: 12 ft 11 in (3.94 m)
Speed: 14.3 knots
Complement: 130
Armament: 4 x 4", 2 x 6 pounders, 2 x 3 pounders, 1 x 1 pounder, 1 x 37mm Hotchkiss revolving cannon, 1 x Gatling gun

The USS Bancroft was a United States Navy steel gunboat, launched 30 April 1892 and commissioned 3 March 1893.

Bancroft was designated as a practice ship for the United States Naval Academy midshipmen and stationed at Annapolis, Maryland. During 1893-96 she cruised along the east coast visiting various shipyards with groups of midshipmen embarked. In September 1896 she sailed to join the European Squadron and for the next year and a half protected American interests in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Called home when Congress declared war upon Spain, Bancroft reached Boston, Massachusetts, 4 April 1898 and served with the North Atlantic Squadron between 9 May and 9 August. She convoyed troop transports to Cuba and was on blockade duty at Havana and the Isle of Pines. On 28 July, Bancroft seized a small schooner.

Bancroft returned to Boston 2 September and was placed out of commission 30 September 1898. After being recommissioned 14 August 1900, she cruised in Colombian waters 26 November, 1900 - 12 February 1901 making surveys. Returning to Boston 29 April, 1901, she went out of commission 25 May 1901. Recommissioned 6 October 1902 she served until 1905 as a station ship at San Juan, Puerto Rico, cruising in the West Indies and patrolling the area. Bancroft was transferred to the Revenue Cutter Service 30 June 1906.