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USS Ossipee (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Ossipee class wooden screw sloop-of-war:
  • Laid down in June 1861 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N. H.
  • Launched 16 November 1861
  • Commissioned USS Ossipee, 6 November 1862 LCDR. Robert Boyd temporary in command.
  • Command assumed by CAPT. John P. Gillis, 16 November 1862
  • Initially assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron
  • Reassigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, 18 May 1863
  • Decommissioned, 3 July 1865, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 27 October 1866, CAPT. George F. Emmons in command
  • Assigned to the north Pacific to protect American interests
  • Decommissioned, 30 November 1872, at New York, N.Y.
  • Recommissioned, 10 October 1873, assigned to the North Atlantic
  • Decommissioned, 25 May 1878, at Boston, MA.
  • Recommissioned, 28 January 1884, assigned to the Asiatic station
  • Reassigned to the Atlantic, 15 February 1887
  • Decommissioning, 12 November 1889, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, 25 March 1891 to Herbert H. Ives, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,240 t.
    Length 207'
    Beam 38'
    Draft 16'
    Depth of Hold 16' 10"
    Speed 10kts
    Complement 141
    one 100-pdr Parrott rifle
    one 11" Dahlgren smoothbore
    three 30-pdr Dahlgren rifle
    six 32-pdr
    one heavy 12-pdr smoothbore
    one 12-pdr rifle
    Propulsion Sails/Steam
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    Battle of Mobile Bay 179k Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Line engraving after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, published in "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War", Volume 4, page 378. Entitled "Surrender of the Tennessee,' Battle of Mobile Bay", it depicts CSS Tennessee in the center foreground, surrounded by the Union warships (from left to right): USS Lackawanna, USS Winnebago, USS Ossipee, USS Brooklyn, USS Itasca, USS Richmond, USS Hartford and USS Chickasaw. Fort Morgan is shown in the right distance. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1276 Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Gift of Henry Huddleston Rogers, 1930.
    Ossipee 72k USS Ossipee at anchor in 1867 off Honolulu, T.H. with her crew manning the yards. This photograph has also been captioned as showing USS Lackawanna, but is actually Ossipee in her 1862-1872 configuration.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 51182, Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation; Collection of W. Beverley Mason Jr., 1962.
    Robert Hurst
    Ossipee 37k USS Ossipee at anchor in her 1873-78 configuration, with her 11" pivot gun mounted between the main & mizzen masts.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 45369
    Robert Hurst
    Ossipee 68k USS Ossipee at anchor in her 1884-89 configuration, with her 8" rifled pivot gun mounted forward of the stack.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 45054
    Robert Hurst
    Ossipee 92k USS Ossipee at anchor in her 1884-89 configuration.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 45370
    Robert Hurst
    Ossipee 104k "General Muster" on board USS Ossipee , circa 1887-88. The ship's Commanding Officer, CDR. William Bainbridge Hoff, is in center, leaning on the grating rack. Note Marine sentry at the gangway, hammock stowage, and large percentage of black sailors among the crew at left.US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42950
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42950
    Robert Hurst
    Ossipee 98k Crew "At Quarters", on board USS Ossipee circa 1887-88. Note black sailor in right center; gun crews by their weapons at right, Marines with "Trap-door Springfield rifles, drummers, dog on deck and hammocks stowed in hammock rails over the bulwarks.US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42948 Robert Hurst
    Ossipee 111k "Berth Deck, Cook's" on board USS Ossipee in 1887. Photographed by E.H. Hart, 112 E. 24th St., New York. Note cooking gear, sausages in roasting rack at left, tins of beef (one from New Zealand), bread, man peeling potatoes, black sailor with bowl, coffee cups, and bearded Marine.US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 2860 Robert Hurst

    USS Ossipee (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Boyd, Robert6 November 1862 - 16 November 1862
    02CAPT. Gillis John P.16 November 1862 - ?
    03CAPT. Emmons, George F.27 October 1866 - ?
    04CDR. Hoff, William Bainbridge1887 - ?

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