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USS Independence (II)



Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal - World War I Victory Medal

Ship-of-the-Line:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 22 June 1814
  • Commissioned USS Independence, date unknown, CAPT. William Crane in command
  • Placed in ordinary in 1822
  • Razeed (cut down) to one covered fighting deck with poop and forecastle in 1836, re-rated as a 54 gun Frigate
  • Recommissioned, 26 March 1837
  • Laid up in ordinary, 30 March 1840, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 14 May 1842
  • Laid up in ordinary, 30 May 1849
  • Recommissioned, 7 July 1849
  • Placed in ordinary, 3 July 1852, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 4 September 1854
  • Entered Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 October 1857 to serve as the yards receiving ship
  • Decommissioned, 3 or 19 November 1912
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 September 1913, and laid up at Hunter's Point until 28 November 1914
  • Sold to John H. Kinder, towed to Union Iron Works, San Francisco
  • Final Disposition, burned on the mud flats at Hunter's Point to recover her metal fittings
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,243 t.
    Length 190' 10"
    Beam 54' 7"
    Draft 24' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 790
    Armament
    Ship-of-the-Line - ninety 32-pounder guns
    Frigate - fifty-four 32-pounder guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Independence 512k Ship-of-the-Line USS Independence master sail plan, circa 1814.
    From "History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and There Development" by Howard I. Chappelle.
    Robert Hurst
    Independence 299k Painting of the Ship-of-the-Line USS Independence underway in 1836. Artist unknown.
    Photo from Archival Research Catalog of the National Archives and Records Administration, ARC Identifier 512951.
    Robert Hurst
    Independence 50k Painting of USS Independence after the Ship-of-the-Line was cut down to a 54 gun Frigate under full sail, date unknown. US Naval Historical Center
    Independence 117k Print showing USS Independence at Mare Island Navy Yard, 11 November 1853. Fred Stahl
    New Hampshire 1843k USS Independence is moored astern of USS Pensacola, moored at the quay wall, at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., mid photo in 1897. USS Mohican is in dry dock #1 (you can see her masts and bow). USS Philadelphia (C-4) is moored in the channel.
    File name Mohican 1897-01, Navy Photo, November 1987
    Darryl Baker
    Monongahela 656k Mare Island Navy Yard, September-October 1889. Ships present:
    USS Monongahela, outboard of,
    USS Monadnock (under construction),
    USS Albatross,
    USC&GS Carlisle P. Patterson,
    USS Charleston (C-2) (being outfitted),
    Floating dry dock and
    USS Independence (Receiving Ship)
    Ships in the channel (left to right)
    USS Alert and
    USS Thetis.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker and Robb Johnson
    Independence 58k USS Independence moored at the quay wall, at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., circa 1890s as either USS Concord (Gunboat # 3) or USS Bennington (Gunboat # 4) steam by.
    US Navy photo # NH 7055, courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970.
    Robert Hurst
    Independence 76k USS Independence at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., circa 1890s. in the 1890s. Detroit Publishing Co.
    US Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division, digital ID det.4a14238.
    Robert Hurst
    Independence 380k USS Independence in Mare Island's Dry Dock 1 in 1886 which was under construction at the time. Independence was being used to test the dock. The dock was not commissioned until 1891.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Independence 264k The receiving ship USS Independence is in the background of this stern view of USS Fortune at Mare Island, 23 July 1904.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 374, 7/23/04
    Darryl Baker
    Independence 42k Receiving ship USS Independence moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., prior to her decommissioning in 1912.
    Photo from Treasure Island Museum , from Warship Boneyards", by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.
    Robert Hurst
    Independence 72k The receiving ship USS Independence Navy Yard Mare Island, 18 July 1913.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # MINSY BK 622 07
    Darryl Baker
    Independence 37k USS Independence serving as receiving ship at Mare Island Navy Yard, circa 1908. Paul Petosky
    Independence 252k Hand colored post card image of Receiving Ship USS Independence at Navy Yard Mare Island, circa 1912-13.
    Frank J. Stumm, Publisher, Benicia, CA.
    Tommy Trampp
    Independence 212k USS Independence at Mare Island between 1908-12. The photo is dated 1870 on the back but she is flying a 46 star American flag which existed between 1908-12.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Independence 211k Ex-USS Independence being towed from Mare Island, 28 November 1914, by the civilian tug Iaqua. Independence was on her way to be scrapped.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Independence History Brochure
    Contributed by Darryl Baker

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