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USS Vanderbilt

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Civil War Medal

Side-wheel Steamer:
  • Built by Jeremiah Simonson of Greenpoint, Long Island, N.Y., in 1856 and 1857 as a transatlantic passenger and mail steamer for North Atlantic Mail Steamship Line
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Charter by the US Army shortly after the start of the Civil War in April 1861
  • Acquired by the US Army from her owners, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt in early 1862
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 24 March 1862, at Hampton Roads, VA.
  • Decommissioned at Mare Island, CA., 30 June 1866
  • Recommissioned, 13 October 1866
  • Placed in ordinary at Mare Island, 24 May 1867
  • Sold, 1 April 1873 to Howe & Company of San Francisco, renamed Three Brothers for service in the grain trade between San Francisco, Le Havre, Liverpool, and New York
  • Resold to successive owners until 1899
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping at Gibraltar in 1899
    Displacement 3,360 t.
    Length 331'
    Beam 47' 6"
    Draft 19'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement unknown
    two 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    twelve 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    one 12-pdr
    Propulsion steam

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    Pensacola 1833k Mare Island Navy Yard waterfront, circa 1873 to 1884 with USS Pensacola is in the foreground Ships present 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
    Vanderbilt 32k USS Vanderbilt at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Vanderbilt 2253k USS Vanderbilt in ordinary off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., circa 1873.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Vanderbilt 1850k Photo of a lithograph of USS Vanderbilt in ordinary off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., circa 1873..
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker

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