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USS Jamestown (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Jamestown class wooden sloop-of-war:
Laid down, date unknown, at Navy Yard Gosport, Portsmouth, VA.
Launched in 1844
Commissioned USS Jamestown, 12 December 1844, CDR. Robert B. Cunningham in command
Deployed, 25 June 1845 to western coast of Africa to suppress slave trade returning to Boston 6 August 1846
Sailed from Boston, 28 March 1847, to Ireland with food in relief potato famine, returning to Boston 17 May 1847
Redeployed to west coast of Africa to suppress slave trade, leaving Boston 22 July 1847
Reassigned to the Mediterranean Squadron in 1848, returning to Norfolk 4 May 1850
Redeployed to the Brazil Squadron, departing Norfolk, 1 June 1851
Returning to Philadelphia, 2 May 1854
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, 11 May 1854
Recommissioned, 22 February 1855
Redeployed to the African Squadron, departing Key West, 9 June 1855, returning to Philadelphia, 2 June 1857
Decommissioned at Philadelphia, 2 June 1857
Recommissioned, 15 December 1857, assigned to the Home Squadron
Decommissioned, at Philadelphia, 14 February 1860
Recommissioned, 5 June 1861, assigned to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron
During the Civil War Jamestown sunk Alvarado, 5 August 1861 and Colonel Long, 4 September 1861 and took as prizes; Aigburth, 31 August 1861; Havelock, 15 December 1861 and Intended, 1 May 1862
Reassigned to the Pacific, 12 October 1862
Decommissioned, 17 September 1865, at Navy Yard Mare Island
Converted to a transport and store ship at Mare Island
Recommissioned, 3 September 1866, to Panama as a store and hospital ship
Reassigned to the North Pacific Squadron, 2 April 1867, serving as guard and storeship at Sitka, AK.
Decommissioned, 13 August 1868, at Navy Yard Mare Island
Recommissioned, 25 January 1869, for service in the Pacific
Decommissioning, 7 October 1871, and placed in ordinary at Mare Island
Recommissioned, 16 March 1876, for use as a State Public Marine School, in the Hawaiian Islands
Returned to the Navy Department and decommissioned, 3 March 1879.
Recommissioned, 8 May 1879, for duty in Alaska and in the Pacific
Decommissioned, 21 September 1881, at San Francisco. CA.
Recommissioned, 14 February 1882, as apprentice training ship
Decommissioned, 31 August 1888, at Norfolk, VA.
Recommissioned, 13 April 1889, as apprentice training ship
Decommissioned, 6 September 1892, at Norfolk.
Transferred, 9 September 1892, to the Treasury Department for Marine Hospital Service for quarantine purposes in Hampton Roads. Final Disposition, destroyed by fire at Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 January 1913, after being returned to the Navy Department
Armament: 6 8"/ 55, 14 32-pdr/42.
Displacement 1,150 t.
Length 163' 6"
Beam 32' 2"
Depth of Hold 17' 3"
six 8"/55 guns
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||USS Jamestown driving the Alvarado ashore near Fernandina, Florida, 5 August 1861.
"Harpers Weekly" 28 September 1861,
||USS Jamestown off Mare Island with USS Saranac aft of her at the sea wall circa 1874.
File name: Jamestown Saranac 1874.
||USS Jamestown under full sail while exploring southeast Alaska, including Fritz Cove, in 1880 and 1881. LT. F. M. Symonds named the bay after his son.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Caption - Robert Hurst
Photo - US Naval History and Heritage Command
||Starboard broadside view of the apprentice training ship USS Jamestown at anchor, location unknown, circa 1890 to 1901.
Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-8927
USS Jamestown at anchor, date and location unknown
US Navy Photo © 1911, Reviews of Reviews Co. from "The Photographic History of the Civil War Volume 3 The Navies", The Blue & Gray Press, Secaucus, N.J.
||USS Jamestown at left as training ship towards the end of the nineteenth century. At right is USS Saratoga or USS Portsmouth. This picture was previously identified as Portsmouth and Saratoga.
US Navy photo and text from "Warships of The Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
USS Jamestown (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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