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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"
    Draft unknown
    Depth of Hold 17' 3"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 186
    six 8"/55 guns
    fourteen 32-pdr/42s
    Propulsion sail
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    Jamestown 319k USS Jamestown driving the Alvarado ashore near Fernandina, Florida, 5 August 1861.
    "Harpers Weekly" 28 September 1861,
    Tommy Trampp
    Jamestown 376k USS Jamestown off Mare Island with USS Saranac aft of her at the sea wall circa 1874.
    File name: Jamestown Saranac 1874.
    Darryl Baker
    Jamestown 46k 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
    Jamestown 75k 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
    Mike Green
    Jamestown 73k 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.
    Jamestown 142k 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.
    Robert Hurst

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