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


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


1831Broadside Weight = 672 Imperial Pound ( 304.752 kg) DANFS
Gun Deck42American 32-Pounder
Gun Deck8American 8" Shell Gun

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource


18311834CaptainJohn DownesDANFS
18321832/12/03CommodoreJohn Downesref:824

Commissioned Officers

1831/02/161834/05/27First LieutenantIrvine Shubrick 

Petty Officers

1834/01UnknownMidshipmanM G L ClaiborneUSNR-1834
1834/01UnknownMidshipmanJames L ParkerUSNR-1834

Service History

DateEvent Source
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

In the Pacific

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
1877/05/24Sold to E. Stannard & CoDANFS


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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