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USS Idaho (I)

Steam sloop / Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at George Steers, New York
  • Launched, 8 October 1864
  • Commissioned USS Idaho, 2 April 1866, CAPT. John L. Worden, in command
  • During acceptance trials in May Idaho did not meet her contract speed of 15 knots and was not recommended for acceptance by a Naval Board
  • Subsequently converted to a full-rigged sailing ship at New York and recommissioned 3 October 1867, LT. Edward Hooker in command
  • USS Idaho sailed 1 November 1867, for Rio de Janeiro and onward to the Far East, arriving Nagasaki 18 May 1868
  • Idaho served as stores and hospital ship for the Asiatic Squadron
  • She sailed for San Francisco, 20 September 1869, from Yokohama - one day out of Yokohama she was damaged by a typhoon. Her masts were carried away and her hull was severely damaged, but she managed to stay afloat and was brought back to Yokohama by her crew
  • Idaho remained at Yokohama until decommissioned 31 December 1873
  • Final Disposition, sold in 1874 to East Indies Trading Co
    Displacement 3,241 t.
    Length 298'
    Beam 44' 6"
    Draft 16'
    Speed 15 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament eight guns
    Propulsion Morgan Iron Works twin screw machinery and sail

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    Idaho 103k USS Idaho laid up at the New York Navy Yard, probably in the Summer-Fall of 1866, after her unsuccessful trials. Two "Double-Ender" side-wheel gunboats and USS Vermont, are to the right of Idaho. USS Susquehanna is at the extreme left. Courtesy of Martin Holbrook, 1977.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85971.
    Robert Hurst
    Florida 87k View along the New York Navy Yard waterfront, circa Summer-Fall of 1866. Ships present are (left to right): USS Wampanoag fitting out; a screw gunboat of the Kansas or Cayuga class; USS Madawaska, preparing for trials; USS Susquehanna; USS Idaho, laid up after her unsuccessful trials (across the channel from Wampanoag); two "Double-Ender" side-wheel gunboats; and USS Vermont, in the extreme right background.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photograph, Courtesy of Martin Holbrook, 1977.
    Robert Hurst
    NH 1422
    FDR Collection
    93k Water color on silk of the steam sloop USS Idaho under full sail following her conversion to a storeship. The mount of the original painting is inscribed: "Dec. 8th 1867 ... ran 130 miles in 8 hours. E.R. Nagasaki, Japan."
    Collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 1422 and NH 60631.
    Robert Hurst
    NH 60631
    Idaho 158k US Navy storeship USS Idaho at Yokohama, Japan. Sketch from the diary kept by Private Allen Walter Bronson, USMC, during the Asiatic cruise of USS Alaska, 1870-1873. U.S. Marine Corps photo #: USMC 527084. Robert Hurst

    USS Idaho (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Worden, John Lorimer, USN :RADM2 April 1866 - 3 October 1867
    02LCDR. Hooker, Edward3 October 1867 - 6 July 1869
    03CDR. Taylor, Bushsrod B., USN (USNA 1855)6 July 1869 - 4 February 1870
    04LCDR. Mullan, Horace E.4 February 1870 - 22 May 1871
    05LCDR. Watson, J. Crittenden22 May 1871 - 1 October 1871
    06LCDR. Wallace, Rush Richard, USN (USNA 1856)1 October 1871 - 22 April 1873
    07LCDR. Nelson, Thomas22 April 1873 - 31 December 1873
    08LT. Nichols, Henry E., USN (USNA 1865)1874 in Reserve
    09LT. Marthon, J.1874 in Reserve
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

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