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USS Independence (II)

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Civil War Medal - World War I Victory Medal

  • 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
    Displacement 2,243 t.
    Length 190' 10"
    Beam 54' 7"
    Draft 24' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 790
    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
    California 84k View looking along the waterfront of Mare Island Navy Yard during the 1870s, with the city of Vallejo on the opposite side of the channel. Ships tied up at the Navy Yard include USS Saranac (left), USS Independence (center), and a Revenue Cutter (right center). Moored offshore are USS California (left) and USS Pensacola (left center). The yard's floating drydock is in the right distance
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 68685, from the William H. Topley collection. Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1969.
    Robert Hurst
    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 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 571k Honorable Discharge Certificate issued to Fred H. Taylor, 18 July 1909 aboard the Mare Island Navy Yard receiving ship USS Independence. Taylor's real was Henry Franz Johann Tramp, he enlisted under the name of Fred H. Taylor at age 16. Robert Hurst
    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

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