The fourth USS Boxer was an unarmed, brigantine-rigged, training ship launched at the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard on 11 October 1904 and commissioned on 11 May 1905 with Lt. Hilary H. Royall as the first Commanding Officer. From commissioning to October 1912, Boxer was stationed at the Naval Training Station, Newport, R.I., cruising the waters of Narragansett Bay training boot bluejackets. On 20 October 1912, she reported for duty at Annapolis, Md., to serve as training vessel for Naval Academy midshipmen. That assignment lasted until 25 June 1914 at which time she headed back to Newport to resume her former duties with the Naval Training Station. Boxer remained so occupied for the next six years. On 14 May 1920, she was transferred to the Department of the Interior for use by the Bureau of Education in Alaska.
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