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Passed Midshipman Wyman spent a tour of duty ashore at the Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., before reporting to the receiving ship at Boston, Franklin, and subsequently being promoted to lieutenant on 16 July 1850. Over the next decade, he served at sea; and the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861 found him in command of Richmond on the Mediterranean station. Early in July, soon after he brought that steam sloop-of-war home for wartime duty, he took command of Yankee. In September, Wyman assumed command of Pocahontas. That ship, as part of the Potomac River Flotilla, helped to keep open the Union's vital waterway communications with Washington while cutting off Southern forces from their sympathizers in southern Maryland. Commanding the steamer Pawnee from October 1861, Wyman took part in Flag Officer DuPont's capture of the key seaport of Port Royal, S.C. After that operation, Wyman returned north and took command 01 the Potomac River Flotilla on 6 December 1861. He held this important post until the end of June 1862. During his time in the Potomac, he was active in maintaining Union control of that vital river and of much of the Rappahannock during General McClellan's Peninsular Campaign. His ships destroyed Southern bridges, captured nine Confederate ships, and burned 40 schooners. Promoted to commander on 16 July 1862, Wyman was ordered to command the gunboat Sonoma on the James River. Transferred to the West Indian Squadron the following October, he commanded the steam sloop Wachusett and the paddle steamer Santiago de Cuba, and captured the blockade runners Brittania and Lizzie. During the last two years of the War Between the States, Wyman served on special duty in the Navy Department in Washington. After the Civil War, Wyman commanded Colorado, the flagship for the European Squadron, and was promoted to captain on 25 July 1866 and took command of the steam sloop Ticonderoga the following year. After that tour of sea duty, Wyman headed the Navy's Hydrographic Office for eight years, receiving promotions to commodore on 19 July 1872 and to rear admiral on 26 April 1878. His leadership of the Hydro-graphic Office proved to be of great importance to the Navy and seafaring men in general. Through the Civil War, the United States Navy had relied upon foreign sources—principally British—for their navigational charts, doing little of their own hydrographic work. Under Wyman's direction, the office began a systematic and sustained program of world-wide charting and surveying, the precursor of the Navy's present globe-girdling oceanographic research effort. Following his promotion to flag rank in the spring of 1878, Wyman was given command of the North Atlantic Squadron. Subsequently becoming chairman of the Lighthouse Board, Rear Admiral Wyman died in Washington, D.C., on 2 December 1882.
Digital ID: cwpb 06033 Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
|61k||Wyman (T-AGS-34) on the building ways at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI. circa 1968-69.
US Navy Photo
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|65k||USNS Wyman (T-AGS-34) anchored, date and location unknown.||Ramon Jackson|
|123k||USNS Wyman (T-AGS-34) anchored, date and location unknown.||Carl R. Friberg Jr.
Master, USNS Wyman
|855k||USNS Wyman (T-AGS-34) moored at Genoa, Italy, 28 February 1973.||Photo by Carlo Martinelli|
|89k||Stern view of USNS Wyman (T-AGS-34) moored, circa 1993-4, location unknown. A NAVOCEANO (Naval Oceanographic Office) Bulletin photo.||Robert Hurst|
|272k||USNS Wyman (T-AGS-34) Welcome Aboard brochure, front and back pages||Carl R. Friberg Jr.
Master, USNS Wyman
|167k||USNS Wyman (T-AGS-34) Welcome Aboard brochure, inside pages||Carl R. Friberg Jr.
Master, USNS Wyman
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