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USS Savannah (II)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Potomac Class Frigate:
  • Laid down, in 1820 at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 5 May 1842
  • Commissioned USS Savannah in 1844, CAPT Andrew Fitzhugh, in command
  • Assigned as flagship of the Pacific Squadron in 1844
  • Returned to New York in 1847 for repairs
  • Reassigned as flagship of the Pacific Squadron from 1849 to 1852
  • Returned to Norfolk in 1852
  • Reassigned, 9 August 1852, to the Brazil station
  • Inactivated in November 1856, while still serving as flagship for the Home Squadron 1859 and 1860 off the Mexican coast
  • Redeployed in 1861 off the Georgia coast
  • Taken out of active service, date unknown, and assigned as practice ship at the US Naval Academy
  • Laid up at Norfolk Navy Yard in 1870
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold in 1883 to E. Stannard and Co., Westbook, CT.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,726 t.
    Length 202' 6"
    Beam 47'
    Draft 21' 6"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 480
    four 8" Shell guns
    twenty-eight 32-pdrs
    twenty-two 42-pdrs carronades

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Savannah 113k A Civil War Print - "The Guardship "Savannah"
    Print of USS Savannah at anchor.
    From "The Soldier in our Civil War", by Frank Leslie, 1884.
    Tommy Trampp
    Montgomery (III) 158k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, pages 456-457, depicting a large number of Navy ships off the New York Navy Yard, early in the Civil War. Vessels shown include (from left to right): USS Montgomery;
    USS Vandalia;
    USS Brandywine;
    USS North Carolina;
    USS Potomac;
    USS Savannah;
    USS R.R. Cuyler;
    USS Mount Vernon;
    USS Roanoke;
    USS Resolute
    and USS Wabash. A rowing launch is underway in the foreground.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59308
    Bill Gonyo
    Savannah 47k Unknown artist's rendition of USS Savannah, probably in the 19th century, giving an impression of the maze of standing (fixed) and running (movable) rigging that supported a sailing ship's masts and yards and controlled the movement of her sails. This drawing gives a clearer idea of Savannah's hull than do many photographs of the period; the dull black paint used on wooden warships often makes hull detail indistinguishable.
    Photo and text taken from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
    Robert Hurst
    Patrick Henry 134k Naval Skirmish between the Rebel Iron-plated War Steamer CSS Patrick Henry), and a portion of the Federal Fleet anchored in James River, Va., off Newport News. Line engraving published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated, 1861. It probably depicts the action of 13 September 1861. Ships shown are (from left to right):
    USS Louisiana,
    CSS Patrick Henry,
    USS Savannah and
    USS Cumberland.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59210
    Robert Hurst
    Flag 111k Union blockaders off the entrance to Savannah, Georgia, 1861
    Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, page 797, depicting USS Savannah, USS Flag and the steamer McClellan off shore, with Tybee Lighthouse and Fort Pulaski in the background. Also shown are hulks sunk to block the channel.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59283
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Savannah (II)
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