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USS Hartford (IX-13)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Kilo - Juliet
NUKJ
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Screw Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 22 November 1858
  • Commissioned, USS Hartford, 27 May 1859, CAPT. Charles Lowndes in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 December 1864, at New York
  • Recommissioned in July 1865
  • Decommissioned in 1868, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 9 October 1872
  • Decommissioned, 14 January 1887, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Laid up at Mare Island while being rebuilt
  • Recommissioned, 2 October 1899
  • Designated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-13), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 20 August 1928, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Moved to Washington D.C. Navy Yard, 18 October 1938
  • Towed to Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 19 October 1945
  • Reclassified as a relic
  • Final Disposition, sank at her berth, 20 November 1956, and subsequently dismantled at Portsmouth, VA. in 1957.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,900 t.
    Length 220'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 17' 2"
    Speed 13.5 kts
    Complement 302
    Armament
    twenty 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    two 30-pdr. Parrott rifles
    two 12-pdrs
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    Hartford 127k USS Hartford as she passes Fort St. Philip and is confronted by the Confederate ironclad CSS Louisiana and in a quick exchange of fire, steams safely up the river towards New Orleans without suffering serious damage.
    A Library of Congress image from "An Illustrated History of the United States Navy" by Chester G. Hearn.
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 128k USS Hartford while running Fort St. Philip ran into a load of trouble. The Confederate tug Mosher laid a fire raft beside Farragut's flagship and set her on fire. The signal officer on Hartford dropped a few shells onto the fire raft and blew it up. Hosed down, Hartford steered up river with her port beam still smoldering.
    A Library of Congress image from "An Illustrated History of the United States Navy" by Chester G. Hearn.
    Robert Hurst
    Battle of Mobile Bay 77k "Battle of Mobile Bay ... Passing Fort Morgan and the Torpedoes". Print after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, 1886, depicting the Union and Confederate squadrons at the moment that USS Tecumseh sank after striking a mine ("torpedo"). Confederate ships (left foreground) are CSS Morgan, CSS Gaines and CSS Tennessee. Union monitors visible astern of USS Tecumseh are USS Manhattan and USS Winnebago. USS Brooklyn is leading the outer line of Union warships, immediately followed by USS Hartford. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42396. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    Battle of Mobile Bay 68k Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Oil on canvas (40" x 66") by Xanthus Smith (1839-1929), signed and dated by the artist, 1890. Depicting the surrender of CSS Tennessee to the Union squadron commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut. Identifiable US Navy ships present include: USS Winnebago (monitor in the left distance), USS Chickasaw (monitor in the foreground) and USS Hartford (Farragut's flagship, in the right center, painted light gray). US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # KN-843 Courtesy of the US Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, MD., Gift of Henry Huddleston Rogers, 1930.
    Battle of Mobile Bay 179k Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Line engraving after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, published in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War", Volume 4, page 378. Entitled "Surrender of the Tennessee,' Battle of Mobile Bay", it depicts CSS Tennessee in the center foreground, surrounded by the Union warships (from left to right): USS Lackawanna, USS Winnebago, USS Ossipee, USS Brooklyn, USS Itasca, USS Richmond, USS Hartford and USS Chickasaw. Fort Morgan is shown in the right distance. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1276 Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Gift of Henry Huddleston Rogers, 1930.
    Hartford 173k "Quartermasters who steered USS Hartford in the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864 - Left to right: John McFarland, Van Ness and James Ford. Note the size of the wheel, the "spit-kid" for the helmsman, the large binnacles, and the lee helmsman in the background. (From a photograph entered in the clerk's office for Eastern District of Louisiana, to November 1864." From "Naval Customs Traditions and Usage" by Leland P. Lovette (1939). Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 209k "Spar deck of USS Hartford-Note the short jackets, cap and straw hat worn by the two officers in the foreground. (From a photograph entered in the clerk's office for Eastern District of Louisiana, 10 November 1864." From "Naval Customs Traditions and Usage" by Leland P. Lovette (1939). Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 271k "Farragut at Mobile Bay " USS Hartford and CSS Tennessee at close quarters at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
    Naval Records and Library, Navy Department, from a painting by W. H. Overend "Naval Customs Traditions and Usage by Leland P. Lovette (1939)"
    Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 101k USS Hartford at anchor on the Mississippi River.
    A Library of Congress image from "An Illustrated History of the United States Navy" by Chester G. Hearn.
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 53k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford, painting by E. Arnold Haze Gray and Underway
    Hartford 284k The Sloop-of-War USS Hartford, Admiral Farragut's flagship waits to be "coaled" in harbor, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Mathew B. Brady from the collection the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
    Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 168k USS Hartford old salts, 1877.
    US Navy photo # NH63033 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Mike Reczek
    Hartford 56k USS Hartford newspaper article "Accident to the Flagship" from the "Los Angeles Hearld", 17 May 1884, page 2. Mike Davison
    Hartford 4476k Starboard side view of USS Hartford while under reconstruction at Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 August 1895. Hartford is just south of the shipyardís stone dock (dry dock #1).
    File name: IX 13 Aug301895, Navy Photo, 8/30/1895.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 3690k Port side view of USS Hartford while under reconstruction at Mare Island Navy Yard, 31 August 1895.
    File name: IX 13 Aug311895, Navy Photo, 8/31/1895.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 5097k Port side view of USS Hartford while under reconstruction at Mare Island Navy Yard, Her hull is now protected by temporary tent structure, 1895-96.
    File name: IX 13 Y-11, Navy Photo, circa 1895-96.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 4131k Forward starboard quarter view of the hull of USS Hartford in Mare Islandís dry dock #1 between 23 July and 3 August 1898.
    File name: IX 13 DD1 1898-1, Navy Photo, 7/26-8/2/1898.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 2160k Yard workers replacing the bottom planking of USS Hartford while in dry dock #1 at Mare Island.
    File name: IX 13 Y-1, Navy Photo, October-November 1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 5424k
    Yard workers replacing the rudder and screw of USS Hartford in Mare Island Navy Yardís dry dock #1 in the spring or summer on 1899. Hartford was in dry dock at the yard during two periods, 23 May to 19 July 1888 and 20 July to 16 August 1899.
    File names: IX 13 Y-14-1 and IX 13-14-2, Navy Photos, circa 1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 5853k
    Hartford 3640k Port side view of USS Hartford in August/September of 1899 at Mare Island. She is located alongside the yardís shears crane (the tripod structure behind the main mast) likely setting the main mast.
    File name: IX 13 Hist. 89 At Shears, Navy Photo, circa 1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 3971k Commissioning ceremonies aboard USS Hartford at Mare Island on 2 October 1899.
    File name: IX 13 Z-5, Navy Photo, 10/2/1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 2614k Bow view of USS Hartford in commission at Mare Island in October 1899.
    File name: IX 13 Y-4, Navy Photo, October 1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 3777k Stern view of USS Hartford in Mare Islandís dry dock #1 in October/November 1899.
    File name: IX 13 Y-9, Navy Photo, October-November 1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 2236k A 5" gun aboard USS Hartford's at Mare Island Navy Yard in November 1899.
    File name: IX 13 Z-8 5 inch gun, Navy Photo, November 1899.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford
    IX 13 Y-16
    2513k USS Hartford departing Mare Island in December 1899.
    File name: IX 13 Y-16, IX 13 Y-10 and IX 13 Z-4, Navy Photos, December 1899
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford
    IX 13 Y-10
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    Hartford
    IX 13 Z-4
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    Hartford 64k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford at anchor, date and location unknown..
    US Navy photo from "Warship Boneyards", by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 63k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford moored to a buoy at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., date unknown. Robert Hurst
    Hartford 117k USS Hartford underway in 1905, location unknown.
    Photo from the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection, US Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo
    Hartford 350k Post card image of Sloop-of-War USS Hartford after being rebuilt at Mare Island (1890 to 1899) underway, circa October 1899-October 1912. During this period Hartford was in commission as a Training Ship. Arnold A. Putnam and Robert Hurst
    Hartford 282k Post card image of Sloop-of-War USS Hartford at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 292k Post card image of Sloop-of-War USS Hartford underway as a Training Ship, circa 1899-October 1912, location unknown.
    Published by Edward H. Mitchell, San Francisco.
    Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 258k Post card image of Sloop-of-War USS Hartford at anchor while assigned as a Training Ship, circa 1899-October 1912, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Hartford 123k USS Hartford under full sail, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Hartford 58k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford at anchor in 1899, location unknown.
    Photo from the book "U.S. Warships of World War 1", courtesy Paul H. Silverstone
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 137k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., circa 1912. Hartford was the receiving ship at the Charleston Yard, from 1912 to 1938.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 105k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., decked out in flags for George Washington's Birthday, 1914.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 70k USS Hartford station ship for Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. moored in the background of this, circa Christmas 1918 photo of O" class submarines. USS O-10 (Submarine # 71) is partially visible at the extreme left. USS O-7 (Submarine # 68) is in the middle of this nest of five submarines. Note holiday greenery displayed on the submarines' superstructures and masts.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 103437, from the collection of Christopher H.W. Lloyd. Donated by Virginia Agostini, 1990. U.S
    Robert Hurst
    Hartford 105k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. in 1924..
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 666k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 18 September 1924. View of starboard sheathing aft of midships.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 4622.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 368k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 18 September 1924. View of starboard sheathing forward of midships.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 4619.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 843k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 18 September 1924. View of port sheathing aft of midships.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 4616.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 710k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 18 September 1924. View of port sheathing forward of midships.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 4614.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 623k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 18 September 1924. View of starboard sheathing at the stern.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 4621.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 576k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 18 September 1924. View of starboard bow sheathing.
    Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. photo # 4618.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 215k Sloop-of-War USS Hartford (IX-13) moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., serving as the shipyards receiving and barracks ship, circa 1928. Robert Hall
    Hartford 215k Aerial view of the Navy Yard at Charleston, S.C. with the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) moored to the quay wall, lower right, serving as the shipyards receiving and barracks ship, circa 1930. Robert Hall
    Hartford 204k The decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) engine room, 1938. Robert Hall
    Hartford 375k The decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. just prior to her 1938 dry docking. Notice the WPA project in the foreground of this photos. Robert Hall
    Hartford 376k Starboard side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. while undergoing rehabilitation, 1 August 1938.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 613k Stern view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. while undergoing rehabilitation, 1 August 1938.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 332-38.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 395k Starboard side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. while undergoing rehabilitation, 15 August 1938.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 397-38.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 254k Port side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) drydocked at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. while undergoing rehabilitation, 15 August 1938.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 398-38.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 347k Starboard side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. while undergoing rehabilitation, 10 November dry docking.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 619-38.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 349k Starboard side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C. while undergoing rehabilitation, 6 December 1938.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 398-38.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 316k Port side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford (IX-13) moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., undergoing rehabilitation, 4 January 1939.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 9-39.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 316k Port side view of the decommissioned Sloop-of-War Hartford moored at Navy Yard Charleston, S.C., 1 March 1939.
    Navy Yard Charleston photo # 140-39.
    Robert Hall
    Hartford 122k Sloop-of-War Hartford, at St. Helena Naval Annex, Portsmouth, VA., 1954 Stanley Svec
    Hartford 65k Ex-Hartford (IX-13) bow on view, after sinking at her moorings in Norfolk, VA on 20 November 1956 and being refloated, 16 August 1957 Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 84k Ex-Hartford (IX-13) hulk being pumped out to keep her afloat after sinking on 20 November 1956. Photo dated, 16 August 1957 Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 88k Ex-Hartford (IX-13)'s main deck looking aft, 16 August 1957. On 5 August 1864 when Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was told that Mobile Bay had probably been mined by the Confederates, he shouted his famous order from the deck of Hartford: "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 86k Ex-Hartford (IX-13)'s main deck looking aft, 16 August 1957, Portsmouth, VA. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 124k Ex-Hartford (IX-13)'s main deck looking aft, 16 August 1957, Portsmouth, VA. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 73k Ex-Hartford (IX-13) at her mooring in Portsmouth, VA., 16 August 1957. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 78k Ex-Hartford (IX-13) at her mooring in Portsmouth, VA., 16 August 1957. Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 91k Anchor of the Screw Sloop-of-War USS Hartford at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT., one of the few relics of the ship that remain. 9 July 1960 Photo by Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 80k Commemorative plaque for one of the 30 pdr. Parrott Rifles from the Screw Sloop-of-War USS Hartford at the village of Freeport, N.Y. Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 37k Wheel and Fife Rail for the Screw Sloop-of-War USS Hartford on display at the US Naval Historical Center, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 50k One of USS Hartford's 9" Dahlgren Naval Guns on display at Hagerstown, MD. Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D., LT. USN (Ret)
    Hartford 494k A 10" Dahlgren smooth bore cannon from USS Hartford at Mare Island's Alden Park, April 1980.
    File name: IX 13 165643-4-80, Navy Photo April 1980.
    Darryl Baker
    Hartford 466k Photo of the original cathead plate from USS Hartford photographed in now in September 1959 and now on display as a plaque at the Shipyard Museum at Mare Island.
    File name: IX 13 45699-9-59, Navy Photo, Sept 1959.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Hartford (IX-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    "USS HARTFORD, SCREW SLOOP OF WAR 22 NOVEMBER 1858 / 20 NOVEMBER 1956."
    A supplemental history of USS Hartford (IX-13) written by Robert Hall

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Lowndes, Charles27 May 1859 - ?
    02CDR. Wainwright, Richard1862- ?
    03CAPT. Palmer, James SheddenAugust 1862 - 1863
    04CAPT. Lee, Samuel P.1863 - ?
    05CAPT. Jenkins, Thornton A. :RADM1863 - ?
    06CAPT. Deayton, Percival USN1864 - ?
    07CDR. Belknap, George Eugene (USNA-47)1867 - ?
    08CAPT. May, William Dennon (USNA-47)1877 - ?
    09CAPT. Greer, James Augustin (USNA-51)1879 - ?
    10CAPT. Carpenter, Charles Carroll (USNA-50)10 June 1882 - ?
    11CAPT. Luil, Edward Philps (USNA-51)1884 - ?
    12CAPT. Parkins, George Hamilton (USNA-56)1885 - ?
    13CAPT. Gillis, James Henry (USNA-54)1886 - 14 January 1887
    14CDR. Hawley, John MItchell2 October 1899 - ?
    15CAPT. Reeder, William Heron23 November 1901 - ?
    16CDR. Veeder, Ten Eyck De Witt19 September 1909 - ?
    17CAPT. Niblack, Albert Parker :RADM6 October 1907 - 11 June 1910
    18CDR. Scales, Archibald Henderson :RADM11 June 1910 - ?
    19CDR. Cole, William Carey (USNA-89)October 1910 - ?
    20CDR. Terhune, Warren Jay25 November 1913 - ?
    21LCDR. Morrison, Farmer30 July 1915 - ?
    22CDR. Ellis, Mark St.Clair27 September 1918 - ?
    23CAPT. Finney Sr., Earl Peck 3 January 1922 - 12 December 1923
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves, Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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