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USS St. Lawrence
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Brandywine Class Frigate:
Laid down in 1826 at Norfolk Navy Yard
Launched in 1848
Commissioned USS St. Lawrence, 17 August 1848, CAPT. Hiram Paulding in command
USS St. Lawrence spent the first six years of service, 1844 to 1850, in European waters training German sailors and showing the flag
Decommissioned, 15 November 1859, at New York
Recommissioned, 5 February 1851, CDR. Joshua Sands in command
USS St. Lawrence delivered the United States exhibit for the International Exposition at London in 1851
Decommissioned, 11 August 1851 at New York
Recommissioned, 18 November 1851
Departed, 12 December 1851 for assignment with the Pacific Squadron
Assigned as Pacific Squadron flagship in 1853
Decommissioned, 21 April 1855, at Norfolk and placed in ordinary on 21 May 1855
Recommissioned, 22 September 1856, and assigned as flagship for the Brazil Squadron
Decommissioned, 25 May 1859, at Philadelphia
Recommissioned, 21 June 1861, CAPT. Hugh Y. Purviance in command
Assigned to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads
Reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 19 October 1861
Reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 6 March 1862, at Hampton Roads
Ran aground, 6 March 1862, during the Battle of Hampton Roads and damaged by shelling by CSS Virginia
Reassigned to the East Blockading Squadron, 23 March 1862
Assigned as flagship for the East Blockading Squadron in July 1862
Decommissioned, 30 May 1863, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire
Recommissioned, 5 August 1863, assigned as ordnance ship for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Norfolk
Decommissioned, 12 December 1865, at Norfolk and placed in ordinary through 1866, used as a barracks ship for marines at Norfolk from 1867 through 1875
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Sold, 31 December 1875, at Norfolk to E. Stannard and Co., Westbrook, CT.
Displacement 1,726 t.
Depth 14' 5"
eight 8" Shell guns
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||A contemporary lithograph of USS St. Lawrence off the Isle of Wight in 1848, with the British ensign at her foretop. St. Lawrence has just dropped anchor and is firing a gun salute. US Navy photo from DANFS.
||A painting of the destruction of the privateer Petrel by USS St. Lawrence, by R. Hinkelwood, after a painting by Paul Manzoni.
US Library of Congress reproduction number LC-USZ62-72732.
||1861 Harper's Weekly Engravings - CIVIL WAR - USS St. Lawrence & Union Blockade
USS St. Lawrence sinking the privateer Petrel at sea, 1 August 1861.
USS St. Lawrence
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Paulding, Hiram||17 August 1848 - 15 November 1850|
| ||Decommissioned||15 November 1850 - 5 February 1851|
|02||CAPT. Sands, Joshua Ratoon||5 February 1851 - 11 August 1851|
| ||Decommissioned||11 August 1851 - 18 November 1851|
|03||CAPT. Hunter, William H.||18 November 1851 - 21 April 1852|
| ||Decommissioned||21 April 1852 - 22 September 1856|
|04||CAPT. Hull, Joseph B.||22 September 1856 - 25 May 1859|
| ||Decommissioned||22 May 1859- 21 June 1861|
|05||CAPT. Purviance, Hugh Y.||21 June 1861 - 21 April 1862|
|06||CAPT. Schenck, James Findlay||1 May 1863 - 15 April 1863|
|07||CDR. Calhoun, James||15 April 1863 - 21 April 1864|
|08||CDR. Lynch, Dominick||21 April 1864 - 12 December 1865|
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