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USS Independence

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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 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 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
    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
    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 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

    USS Independence History Brochure
    Contributed by Darryl Baker


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