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Nominal Guns44DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Launched16.8.1841DANFS
First Commissioned7.5.1842DANFS
Home Port 
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardPortsmouth - New Hampshire DANFS
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS
Sunk in Action8.3.1862DANFS

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck179' 0"US Feet54.5592 
Breadth47' 10"US Feet14.3256 
Draught Aft22' 6"US Feet6.7818 
Burthen1,867Tons BM 

Armament


1841Broadside Weight = 768 Imperial Pound ( 348.288 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck48 British 32-Pounder

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1841480 DANFS

5 Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
7.5.1842 - 3.1845CaptainPhilip F Voorhees (d.1862)DANFS15.9.1845 - 20.7.1846CommodoreRobert F StocktonDANFS20.7.1846 - 1.1849CaptainElie A F La Vallette (d.1862)DANFS9.1853 - 6.1853CommodoreIsaac McKeever (d.1856)DANFS1855 - 11.1857CommodoreSamuel L Breese (d.1870)DANFS

Service History


DateEventSource
7.5.1842CommissionedDANFS
15.7.1842Sailed for the MediterraneanDANFS
12.1843Sailed for the East coast of South AmericaDANFS
3.1845Placed in ordinary at NorfolkDANFS
15.9.1845RecommissionedDANFS
10.6.1846Landed the US Commissioner at HonoluluDANFS
10.1847Present at the bombardment of GuaymasDANFS
23.8.1848Left La Paz for NorfolkDANFS
1.1849Arrived at Norfolk and placed in ordinaryDANFS
5.1850RecommissionedDANFS
12.6.1850Left Hampton RoadsDANFS
12.6.1850Left Hampton Roads for South AmericaDANFS
1.9.1850Arrived at Rio de JaneiroDANFS
6.1853Left Brazil for AmericaDANFS
20.7.1853Arrived at New York and decommissionedDANFS
19.6.1855Sailed for the MediterraneanDANFS
26.11.1857Sailed from Spezia, ItalyDANFS
13.1.1858Arrived at Philadephia and was decommissionedDANFS
1859Recommissioned as flagship on the Brazil stationDANFS
22.8.1861Returned to BostonDANFS
9.9.1861Ordered into the Atlantic blockading squadronDANFS
8.3.1862Anchored off Newport, VA when attacked and sunk by the CSS Virginia and consorts.DANFS
9.1865Her remains were raised and soldDANFS


Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
DANFSDictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
 

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