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USS Ohio (II)

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Ship of the Line:
  • Laid down in 1817 at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 30 May 1820 and placed in ordinary
  • Refitted for service and commissioned USS Ohio in 1838
  • USS Ohio sailed 16 October 1838 to join the Mediterranean Squadron under Commodore Isaac Hull. Acting as flagship
  • Returned to Boston in 1840 to be placed in ordinary from 1841 to 1846, served as receiving ship
  • Recommissioned, 7 December 1846 for the Mexican War, sailing, 4 January 1847 for the Gulf of Mexico, arriving off Vera Cruz 22 March 1847
  • Returned to New York, 9 May 1847
  • Sailed to join the Pacific Squadron, 26 June 1847
  • Returned to Boston in 1850 and placed in ordinary
  • Reactivated to serve as receiving ship at Boston in 1851
  • Placed in ordinary in 1875
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold, 27 September 1883, to J.L. Snow, Rockland, ME.
  • Final Disposition,
    "...Ohio was sold by Israel Snow of Rockland Maine, in 1884 to a group of investors from Greenport, New York. The ship was purchased for the copper in the hull, and was going to be scrapped. The ship was towed to Greenport Harbor and dismantled. The figurehead of Hercules was purchased by John Aldrich, who later sold it to a hotel in Hampton Bays, it was later moved to Stony Brook and currently is displayed in a pavilion near the water in downtown Stony Brook. The hull was towed to a quiet section of Greenport harbor and was loaded up with dynamite and oil was poured on it. A large crowd of locals gathered to witness the demolition, apparently Robert Corey who was the man to set off the explosion miscalculated how fast it would happen, and was killed when an iron bolt hit him in the head. The wreck was allowed to decay into the harbor after that, and in the 1960's some local divers found it again and salvaged some of the metal pins. The pins have recently been donated to our nautical museum." Courtesy Southold Historical Society.

    Displacement 2,724 t.
    Length 197'
    Beam 53'
    Draft 22' 2"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 840
    As Built
    12 8" guns
    7 32-pdrs
    August 1863
    one 8" rifle
    four 100-pdr rifles
    twelve 32-pdr/61s
    Propulsion sail

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    Ohio 104k Newspaper article describing the 30 May 1820 launching of the Ship of the Line Ohio at New York. "Niles Weekly Register", Baltimore, Md. June 3 1820. Tommy Trampp
    155k Launching of Ohio at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 30 May 1820. The steamer SS Chancellor Livingston is on the left, and the steamer SS Richmond is on the right. Description: Black and white photo of painting, artist unknown. From the collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60678.
    Robert Hurst
    Ohio 333k Print of the 104 gun ship of the line USS Ohio, circa 1848. Published by N. Currier. Currier & Ives, New York. Lithograph print, hand-colored. Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 6848. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC2-3125 Robert Hurst
    America 135k Yacht USS America at Boston Navy Yard in the summer of 1863 with the Practice Ship USS Marion and USS Ohio behind her. America was serving as tender to Marion, a sailing sloop of war that acted as practice ship for the US Naval Academy at Annapolis between 1862 and 1870, while Ohio was serving as receiving ship at the Boston Navy Yard.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 89400
    Mike Green
    Ohio 136k Two "old salts" on the USS Ohio's forecastle, circa the 1870s. Note the rating badges on their right sleeves. Also seen are a bell, winch, chain and gratings.
    US Naval History and Heritage and Command photo # NH 44588. Courtesy of CAPT. Yancy S. Williams, USN, 1928.
    Bill Gonyo
    Ohio 317k USS Ohio at anchor, off Boston Navy Yard in the 1870s while serving as a receiving ship.
    US Navy photo courtesy Silverstone collection. U.S. Naval History and Heritage
    Robert Hurst
    Wabash 120k Boston Navy Yard waterfront, about 1870. Ships laid up and housed over, on the right, are Iowa (ex-Ammonoosuc, 1868-1888), inboard, and USS Niagara. On the stocks in left center, with sterns visible between and beyond the two shiphouses, are Connecticut (ex-Pompanoosuc), and Pennsylvania (ex-Keywadin). The receiving ship USS Ohio (1838-1883) is in the middle distance. Donation of CAPT. Yancey S. Williams, USN, 1928.
    US Navy photo # NH 57982. from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Ohio 161k A view of the waterfront of the Boston Navy Yard, in the 1870s. Note the receiving ship USS Ohio in the right foreground.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1956.
    Robert Hurst
    Adams 379k Adams at Boston Navy Yard, MA., in December 1875 while fitting out. Receiving ship USS Ohio is in the background.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 57285
    Mike Green
    Ohio 250k The Cedar carving figurehead of Hercules from USS Ohio on display at Stony Brook, New York, along with the ship's anchor. Photo taken. 14 March 2007. by Iracaz (real name unknown). Robert Hurst
    Ohio 117k USS Ohio 20˘ Stamp (35 of 50) Marshall Islands, 1997.
    Great Fighting Ships of the 50 States appear on a sheet of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the US Department of the Navy in 1798.
    Tommy Trampp

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