Potomac

2419
Nominal Guns44DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorUnited States Navy
Keel Laid Down1819/08DANFS
Launched1822/03DANFS
Home Port 
How acquiredPurpose builtDANFS
ShipyardWashington Navy Yard DANFS
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeFrigate
Sold1877/05/24DANFS

Dimensions


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck177' 10"Imperial Feet53.9496
Breadth46' 2"Imperial Feet14.0293
Depth in Hold20' 6"Imperial Feet6.2484
Burthen1,726Tons BM

Armament


1831Broadside Weight = 672 Imperial Pound ( 304.752 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck42 American 32-Pounder
Gun Deck8 American 8" Shell Gun

Crew Complement


Date# of MenNotesSource
1831480EstablishmentDANFS

Commanding Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1831 - 1834CaptainJohn DownesDANFS1832 - 1832/12/03CommodoreJohn Downesref:824

Commissioned Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1831/02/16 - 1834/05/27First LieutenantIrvine Shubrick

Petty Officers


DatesRankNameSource
1834/01 - 1834/0//0GMidshipmanM G L ClaiborneUSNR-18341834/01 - 1834/0//0GMidshipmanJames L ParkerUSNR-1834

Service History


DateEventSource
1831Completed fitting out and first commissionedDANFS
1831/08/19Departed New York for the Pacific station via the Cape of Good HopeDANFS
1832/02/06Shelled the town of Quallah Batoo, Sumatra in punishment for the capture of merchantman Friendship of Salem, Mass. and the massacre of her crew in February 1831DANFS
1832/12/03

In the Pacific

ref:824
1834/05/23Returned to BostonDANFS
1834/10/20Cruise to the Brazil stationDANFS
1837/03/05Returned to the United StatesDANFS
1840/05/12Cruise to the Brazil stationDANFS
1842/07/31Returned to the United StatesDANFS
1844/12/08Patrolled in the West IndiesDANFS
1845/12/04Returned to the United StatesDANFS
1846/03/14Left ot patrol the Caribbean and the GulfDANFS
1846/05/08Landed troops at Port Isabel, Texas in support of General Taylor’s army at the battle of Palo AltoDANFS
1847/03Participated in the seige of Vera Cruz, 9 to 28 March 1847DANFS
1847/07/20Returned to the United StatesDANFS
1855Flagship of the Home squadronDANFS
1856Flagship of the Home squadronDANFS
1861/09/10Left New York to join the West Gulf Blockade Squadron off Vera Cruz as a storeshipDANFS
1862Pensacola Navy Yard as a receiving shipDANFS
1867Sent to Philadelphia as a receiving shipDANFS
1877/01/13DecommissionedDANFS
1877/05/24Sold to E. Stannard & CoDANFS
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Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting ShipsUnknownWeb Site
ref:824 British and Foreign State Papers 1832-1833British Foreign OfficeDigital Book
USNR-1834 US Naval Register for 1834AuthorityWeb Site
 

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