(Originally laid down as TICONDEROGA)
Class - Essex (Long Hull) /aka/ Ticonderoga
Overall length: 888 feet, 5 inches x 93' x 28' 7" (Max)
Width-Flight Deck: 147 feet 8 inches.
Original displacement: 27,100 Tons.
Full-load displacement: 33,000 Tons.
Width-Water Line: 23 feet
Full Load Draft: 28 feet 6 inches.
Rated Speed: 30+ knots.
Designed Complement: 340 officers/2900 enlisted.
Engine: Eight boilers, steam, oil-fired, four geared shafts and screws.
Armament 1945: 12 x 5"/38AA, 72-40 mm barrels (Quads as of 6/45: 2 at bow, 3 starboard below island,
2 starboard aft, 2 port forward, 2 at stern, 3 on island). 59-20mm barrels.
Armament Post 1954 recommissioning: 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft.
Aircraft Data: Nine to 16 steel arrestor cables aft. Two H-IVC catapults on foredeck, 86 ft 7 in. long,
7.3 tons thrust, could accelerate aircraft up to 90 mph. Hangar could accommodate 120 aircraft, plus another 80
on the flight deck. Normal aircraft complement was about 90. Parts on board were usually sufficient to replace
25% of the aircraft.
Armor: 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower (Island). Armor
belt at water line varied from 2.5 to 4 inches.
Radar: SK, platform behind mast, installed 4/44.
Radio Masts: 4 aft deck edge, starboard side (2 removed 6/45).
Camouflage: Design 3A (4/44). Measure 12 (6/45). Later returned to Haze Gray.
Machinery: 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines,
Speed: 33 Knots, Crew: 3448.
Displacement after Final refitting: 45,000 tons
Original cost: $93,000,000
Named originally TICONDEROGA, her name was changed during construction to HANCOCK, to facilitate her financer,
the John Hancock Insurance Corporation which sold $93,000,000 in War Bonds, and which company continued to provide
needed repairs, and other amenities during the war for 'their' ship.
The ship from that time onward, became a source of pride to the people of the John Hancock Insurance Corporation,
but has always been a source of pride to those who sailed and sometimes died on or from her Flight Deck. To these,
she has always honored our founding father, John Hancock, the signer of the Declaration of Independence.