From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I p 47


Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and the site of the United States Naval Academy.

(PG-10: dp. 1010 ; 1. 204'5'' ; b. 86' ; dr. 12' ; s. 13 k. ; cpl.135 ; a. 6 4'' ; cl. Annapolis)

The first Annapolis (PG-10) was launched 23 December 1896 by Lewis Nixon, Elizabethport, N. J. ; sponsored by Miss Georgia Porter, daughter of Captain T. Porter ; and commissioned 20 July 1897, Commander J. J. Hunker in command.

Annapolis joined the North Atlantic Squadron in March 1898. During the Spanish-American War she served in Cuban waters. She took part in the action with Spanish gunboats off Havana (14 May) ; attacks on Siboney (22 June) ; and Baracon (15 July). In company with Wasp and Leyden, she sank the Spanish gunboat Don Jorge Juan in Nipe Bay, 21 July 1898. She also took part in the Ponce, P. R., landings (27 July 1898). Annapolis served as a training vessel from 21 October 1898 until decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard 5 September 1899. Recommissioned 14 November 1900, she joined the Asiatic Station, remaining there until June 1904. She returned to Mare Island Navy Yard and went out of commission. Re-commissioned 25 March 1907, she served as station ship at Tutuila, Samoa (22 May 1907--9 September 1911). After being out of commission 16 December 1911--1 May 1912, Annapolis cruised in Mexican and Central American waters protecting American interests until June 1918. From then until early 1919 she served with the American Patrol Detachment in the Gulf of Mexico. She went out of commission at Mare Island Navy Yard 1 July 1919.

Early In 1920 Annapolis was towed to Philadelphia Navy Yard, refitted, and on 1 April 1920 loaned to the Commissioners of Navigation, Port of Philadelphia, as a training vessel. Reclassified IX-1, 1 July 1921, Annapolis served as Pennsylvania State Nautical Schoolship until transferred to the Maritime Commission 11 April 1940.