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USS Pensacola

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War4 Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Pensacola Navy Yard
  • Launched, 15 August 1859
  • Commissioned USS Pensacola, 5 December 1859 for towing to Washington Navy Yard for installation of machinery;
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1860, at Washington, Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned in full as USS Pensacola, 16 September 1861, at Washington Navy Yard, CAPT. Henry W. Morris in command
  • Assigned to Flag Officer Farragutís West Gulf Blockading Squadron in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1864, at New York Navy Yard for the installation of new and improved machinery.
  • Recommissioned, 16 August 1866, USS Pensacola sailed round Cape Horn to join the Pacific Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 23 May 1884, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Recommissioned 4 April 1885, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Decommissioned, 18 April 1892, at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 22 November 1898, at Mare Island Navy Yard, serving as a training ship for Naval apprentices until going back into ordinary 31 May 1899
  • Recommissioned, 14 July 1901, to serve as receiving ship at Yerba Buena Training Station, San Francisco
  • Decommissioned, 6 December 1911
  • Struck from the Navy Register, 23 December 1911
  • Final Disposition, burned and sunk by the Navy in San Francisco Bay near Hunterís Point early in May 1912
    Displacement 3,000 t.
    Length 130' 5"
    Beam 44' 5"
    Draft 18' 7"
    Speed 9.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore.
    sixteen 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    Propulsion steam

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    Pensacola 76k Steam frigate USS Pensacola in Alexandria, VA. just after fitting out and commissioning (circa late-1861). Pensacola was preparing to depart Alexandria and join Flag Officer David G Farragut's Gulf Coast Blockading Squadron in January, 1862.
    Photo from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Don Wagner
    Pensacola 950k USS Pensacola in the Mare Island Channel circa 1866.
    File name Pensacola 1866.
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 3756k USS Pensacola crew looking forward in 1868 at Mare Island.
    File name: Pensacola 135091-3-76
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 2164k CAPT. Paul Shirley on the bridge of USS Pensacola in 1868.
    File name: Pensacola 893-1868
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 1833k Mare Island Waterfront 1873-84. USS Pensacola is in the foreground Ships in the background from left to right are: USS Saranac, unidentified small ship (likely a revenue cutter), USS Vanderbilt (large side wheeler with her engines housed-over), several other unidentified ships at the yard's coal wharf and what appears to be the monitor USS Monadnock with main deck housed-over. Darryl Baker
    New Hampshire 1843k Mare Island waterfront 1887-1901. USS Pensacola, mid photo, moored at the quay wall, at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 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; and USS Independence is aft of Pensacola.File name Mohican 1897-01, Navy Photo, November 1987 Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 1084k Broadside view of USTS Pensacola off San Francisco circa 1891.
    File name: Pensacola 959 1890
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 1089k Post card by A. Cruz of USTS Pensacola at Yerba Buena Island circa 1898. Apprentices returning from a cruise.
    File name: Pensacola at Yerba Buena Island
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 1507k USTS Pensacola at the Mare Island sea wall circa 1898.
    File name: Pensacola D-17 1898
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 1259k USTS Pensacola moored in Mare Island channel circa 1898.
    File name: Pensacola NRL 10458 1898
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 1401k View of the southern section of Mare Island Navy Yard in November 1898. The Ship at the quay wall (left) is USS Pensacola serving as a training ship. The yard's receiving ship USS Independence is seen below the boom of the 40 ton dry dock rail crane. USS Monterey (M-6) is dry dock number 1. The shed below the 40 ton crane is the winch for the marine railway.
    File name: MINSY November 1898
    Darryl Baker
    Pensacola 251k Steam frigate USS Pensacola firing her guns, circa 1910.
    Photo from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Pensacola
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