c. 1920-40, Patriotic Embroidered Textile Hanging Banner, Naval Remembrance Souvenier for Active Service in the Far East, “In Memory of My Asiatic Cruise”, Extremely Fine.The USS Black Hawk remained in the Far East for twenty years during which she tended Destroyer Squadrons 5 (1922-40) and 29 (1940-42). This well-made and decorative, visually appealing Textile Banner measures 37” wide x 44” tall and was made as a Remembrance Souvenir for an unknown Sailor’s Asiatic Tour aboard the USS Black Hawk, sometime between the years of 1922 and 1940, when the Black hawk was deployed with the American Asiatic Fleet. Made of fine black velvet with a brocade silk backing, edged with gold-colored braided cord and orange fringe at the base. Beautifully embroidered Lance, Shield, and American Flag. The Eagle and the Dragons are in high relief with thick embroidery. At the top it reads: "In Memory of My Asiatic Cruise", and has a list of all the places that the Black hawk visited (Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Tokyo, Amy (Philippines), Manila, Chefoo (now Yantai, China), Hue and Hiaphong (misspelling of Haiphong, Vietnam), Zamboorg (Zamboanga, Philippines), and Swatow (Shantou, China). The condition is very nice, the body being in excellent shape and the material still sound. The colors have faded just slightly on the embroidery, yet still impressive. The border cord is coming loose at the right top corner and could be repaired quite easily. There is a little bit of fringe missing at the bottom, and the bottom seam is slightly loose for about 6". The Silk brocade shows some varmint damage, none of which has any impact on the front designs or background. Probably a unique custom production and certainly one of the most visually striking we’ve seen.
USS Black Hawk (AD-9) was a destroyer tender. The Black Hawk was launched in 1913 as SS Santa Catalina by William Cramp & Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia; purchased by the U.S. Navy on 3 December 1917; and commissioned 15 May 1918, Commander R. C. Bulmer in command.
Post World War I operations:
Assigned as tender and Flagship to the Mine Force, Black Hawk departed Boston in June 1918 to take station at Inverness, Scotland. She remained there until the end of World War I and then shifted her base to Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for the North Sea mine sweep.
USS Black Hawk (AD-9) Anchored in Philippine waters, 19 December 1935. She serviced Destroyer Squadron Five. She returned to New York in November 1919 and served as flagship and tender for the Atlantic Fleet destroyers in reserve at Philadelphia. After the installation of a torpedo workshop and other equipment she was designated a destroyer tender (AD-9) in November 1920 and reported as flagship of the Operative Squadron, Destroyer Flotillas, Atlantic Fleet.
She served mainly in Caribbean and Panamanian waters until June 1922 when she left Newport, Rhode Island, via the Suez Canal, for the Asiatic Fleet. Black Hawk remained in the Far East for twenty years during which she tended Destroyer Squadrons 5 (1922-40) and 29 (1940-42).
World War II:
On 7 December 1941 Black Hawk was at Balikpapan, Borneo. She operated as a tender and repair ship at Java until 31 December 1941; at Darwin, Australia (January-3 February 1942); Java (3-20 February); and in Australian waters (26 February-29 May). Leaving Australia she steamed to Pearl Harbor, arriving 15 June 1942. She was assigned tender duty in Alaskan waters and arrived at Kodiak on 29 July 1942. Remaining there until 4 November 1942 she then returned to San Francisco, California, for repairs and overhaul.
Completing her overhaul 16 March 1943, Black Hawk returned to Alaskan waters, arriving 10 April 1943. Except for a short stay at Pearl Harbor (30 September 1943 - 1 February 1944), she remained at Adak until 21 March 1945. Following repairs at Alameda, California, she arrived at Pearl Harbor 30 May 1945; remained there until 11 September; and then proceeded to Okinawa. Black Hawk served in the Far East tending vessels at Okinawa and in China (specifically at Tsingtao) until 20 May 1946 when she headed home for the last time.
Decommissioned on 15 August 1946, she was transferred to Maritime Commission on 4 September 1947.