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USS Wyoming (I)

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Wyoming Class Screw Sloop of War:
  • Laid down in July 1858, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched 19 January 1859
  • Commissioned USS Wyoming in October 1859, CDR. John K. Mitchell in command
  • USS Wyoming was at San Francisco, at the out break of the Civil War. Ordered to remain in the vicinity CDR. Mitchell, a Southerner, violated his orders and sailed to Panama, causing him to lose his command and subsequent dismissal from the service
  • USS Wyoming received a new commanding officer at San Francisco CDR. David Stockton McDougal, and on 9 August 1861 proceeded to the coast of Lower California to protect American whaling interests against possible incursions by Confederate cruisers, operating in South American waters into 1862.
  • Repaired at Mare Island USS Wyoming was assigned to the Far East in search of Confederate cruisers especially CSS Alabama and to also "show the flag" in Japan protecting American citizen and interests
  • To that extent she fought a battle in the Strait of Shimonoseki on 14 July 1863, with ships of the Daimyo Choshiu, victorious she was holed eleven times and suffered eleven casualties
  • Arrived, 13 July 1864, Philadelphia Navy Yard, for repairs, immediately ordered to sea to search for CSS Florida off the east coast of the United States
  • Unable to fulfill her assignment because of a leakey boiler USS Wyoming returned to Philadelphia, 19 July 1864
  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1864
  • Recommissioned, 11 April 1865, CDR. John P. Bankhead in command, Wyoming proceeded to the East Indies Station to search for the Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah which was still at sea one month after the Civil War ended.
  • Assigned to the Asiatic Squadron in 1867
  • Decommission, 10 February 1868, and placed in ordinary at Boston, MA
  • Recommissioned, 14 November CDR. John L. Davis in command and assigned to the North Atlantic Station
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1874, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Assigned as the Washington Navy Yard receiving ship in 1877
  • Recommissioned, 20 November 1877 and subsequently assigned to the European Station
  • Decommissioned, 30 October 1882, at Annapolis MD. to serve as a practice ship for midshipmen of the Naval Academy
  • Later towed to Norfolk, VA. she was sold, 9 May 1892, to E. J. Butler of Arlington, MA
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,457 t.
    Length 198' 6"
    Beam 33' 2"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 14' 10"
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 198
    two 11" Dahlgren smoothbores
    one 60-pdr Parrott rifle
    three 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Wyoming 56k USS Wyoming at anchor, date and location unknown. Black hulls with narrow white streaks were characteristic of post-Civil War American seagoing warships.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    USS Wyoming (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Mitchell, John K. October 1859 Comm- 3 July 1861
    02LT. Murray, Francis K. (Temp)4 July 1861 - 8 August 1861
    03CDR. McDougal, David Stockton9 August 1861 - 23 July 1964
     Decommissioned23 July 1964 - 11 April 1865
    04CDR. Bankhead, John P.11 April 1865 - 10 February 1868
     Decommissioned10 February 1868 - 14 November 1871
    05CDR. Davis, John Lee14 November 1871 - 1872
    06CDR. Cushing, William Barker1872 - 30 April 1874
     Decommissioned30 April 1874 - 20 November 1877
    07CDR. Hayward, George W.20 November 1877 - 1878
    08CDR. Watson, John Crittenden1878 - 1880
    09CDR. Casey Jr., Silas1880 - 30 October 1882 Decomm
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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