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USS Santee (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Brandywine Class Sailing Frigate:
  • Laid down in 1820, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H.
  • Remained uncompleted on the stocks until launched, 15 February 1855
  • Commissioned, 9 June 1861, CAPT. Henry Eagle in command
  • Assigned to the Gulf of Mexico, departing Portsmouth, 20 June 1861
  • Reassigned to Flag Officer Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron in January 1862
  • Decommissioned at Boston, 4 September 1862
  • Refitted and recommissioned, 4 October 1862, assigned as school ship for the Naval Academy at Newport, R.I.
  • Assigned to the Naval Academy at Annapolis at the close of the war, serving as school ship, gunnery ship and barracks ship
  • Sunk at her moorings, 2 April 1912, at Annapolis
  • Sold, 2 August 1912, to Joseph G. Hitner, Philadelphia
  • Final Disposition, towed to Boston and burned for the copper and brass in her hull
    Displacement 1,726 t.
    Length 175'
    Beam 45'
    Depth 14' 5"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 480
    two 54-pdrs
    ten 8" shell guns
    twenty 32-pdrs, 57 hundred weight
    sixteen 32-pdrs, 33 hundred weight
    two heavy 12-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Constellation 152k View of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. waterfront area, circa the late 1860s, looking northeast from the tower of New Quarters. The twin-turret monitor moored in the Severn River, at left, is USS Tonawanda. Ships at the pier in right center are USS Constellation, USS Dale and USS Santee. Note the small tug on the beach at left, apparently under construction or undergoing a major overhaul, and the side-wheel steamer at the dock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 49813
    Robert Hurst
    Wyandank 172k Ships moored at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. in 1879 are from left to right: USS Dale, USS Constellation and USS Santee. The marine barracks Wyandank is in the center of the photo. Darryl Baker
    Wyandank 316k USS Santee moored at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. date unknown. Midshipmen lived, studied, and attended classes on the ship, as they prepared for positions of leadership in the US Navy.
    Library of Congress; LC-B8184-5083 (Lot 4182, no. 10)
    Mike Green
    Santee 42k USS Santee her mizzenmast and fore- and maintopmasts removed, housed over as station ship at the Naval Academy.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Santee 124k Post card image of USS Santee housed over while serving as station ship at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Santee 143k USS Santee housed over while serving as receiving ship at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. in 1905
    US Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-22209
    Mike Green

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