Hull Number: DD-256
Launch Date: 03/21/2019
Commissioned Date: 06/30/2019
Decommissioned Date: 09/24/1940
Namesake: GEORGE BANCROFT
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)
George Bancroft was born in Worcester, MA, 3 October 1800. An eminent historian and politician, he wrote The History of the United States. In 1845 he was appointed Secretary of the Navy and founded the Naval Academy. He also fostered the work of the Washington Observatory and raised the standard of professional instruction. He was later minister to Great Britain, Prussia and the North German Federation, and the German Empire. He died in Washington in 1891 and was buried in Worcester, MA.
Transferred to England 09/24/1940 as HMS ST. FRANCIS (I-93). Sunk in collision with SS WINDING GULF, off Sakonnett Point, Rhode Island, on 07/14/1945 while under tow to American scrap yard.