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USS Saratoga (III)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Sloop of War:
Laid down in the summer of 1841 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.
Launched, 26 July 1842
Commissioned, 4 January 1843, CDR. Josiah Tattnall in command.
Assigned as Flagship Africa Squadron, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, 5 June 1843
Decommissioned, 10 December 1844, at Norfolk, VA.
Recommissioned on 15 March 1845, CDR. Irving Shubrich in command, assigned to the squadron of Commodore Robert P. Stockton in the Gulf of Mexico
Reassigned to the Home Squadron, Commodore Connors, 3 July 1844, in the Gulf of Mexico
Reassigned to the Brazil Squadron, 4 December 1844
Decommissioned, 9 January 1847, at Norfolk, VA.
Recommissioned in 1847, CDR. David G. Farragut in command, assigned to the Home Squadron, Commodore Matthew Perry, 26 April 1847
Decommissioned, 26 February 1848, at New York
Recommissioned 17 April 1948, assigned to the Home Squadron in the West Indies
Decommissioned, 30 November 1849, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
Recommissioned, 12 August 1859, for service with the East India Squadron, Commodore Matthew Perry,
Decommissioned, 10 October 1854, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
Recommissioned, 6 September 1855
Placed in ordinary in early 1858, at Norfolk, VA.
Decommissioned, 26 June 1860, at Philadelphia, PA.
Reactivated, 5 November 1860, assigned to the West Coast of Africa
Captured slaver Nightingale off Kabinda, Angola, 21 April 1861
Decommissioned, 25 August 1861, at Philadelphia, PA.
Recommissioned, 24 June 1863, assigned to guard duty off the Delaware breakwater protecting Union shipping approaching and departing Delaware Bay
Ordered, 13 January 1864, join the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron
Decommissioned, 28 April, 1865
Recommissioned for coastal duty two times (1 October 1867 to 7 July 1869 and 16 May to 14 October 1871)
Reactivated, 1 May 1875 for a year as a gunnery ship at Annapolis
Placed in ordinary 7 May 1876
Recommissioned, 19 May 1877, as a school ship training naval apprentices
Decommissioned, 8 October 1888.
On loan to Pennsylvania between 1890 and 1907, as a state marine school ship at Philadelphia
Sold at Philadelphia, 14 August 1907 to Thomas Butler & Co. of Boston
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 882 t.
Length 146' 4"
Beam 35' 3"
Depth 16' 3 ½"
six 8"/55 guns
one 30-pdr rifle
one 12-pdr smoothbore
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||USS Saratoga at anchor after the Civil War, in standard wooden-ship finish of the period. The apparent height of her weather-deck bulwarks is increased by the hammocks stowed along their top behind canvas screens.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
||USS Saratoga moored pierside in a Japanese port, date unknown. Photo taken from "Memories for 80 years", Bakumatsu, Meiji, Taisho, published by The Eastern Culture Association.
||USS Saratoga at anchor during a visit to England in 1899. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum. Image and text from "Warships of The Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
||USS Saratoga serving as a school ship, circa 1900.
||USS Saratoga in the harbor at Naples, Italy while serving as a school ship, circa 1900.
Photo from Los Angeles Herald, Sunday Magazine, May 4, 1910.
USS Saratoga (III)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 28 June 2013
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