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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., Westbook, CT.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,726 t.
    Length 175'
    Beam 45'
    Depth 14' 5"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 480
    Armament
    eight 8" Shell guns
    forty-two 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    St. Lawrence 58k 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. Robert Hurst
    St. Lawrence 112k 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.
    Robert Hurst

    USS St. Lawrence
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Paulding, Hiram17 August 1848 - 15 November 1850
     Decommissioned15 November 1850 - 5 February 1851
    02CAPT. Sands, Joshua Ratoon5 February 1851 - 11 August 1851
     Decommissioned11 August 1851 - 18 November 1851
    03CAPT. Hunter, William H.18 November 1851 - 21 April 1852
     Decommissioned21 April 1852 - 22 September 1856
    04CAPT. Hull, Joseph B.22 September 1856 - 25 May 1859
     Decommissioned22 May 1859- 21 June 1861
    05CAPT. Purviance, Hugh Y.21 June 1861 - 21 April 1862
    06CAPT. Schenck, James Findlay1 May 1863 - 15 April 1863
    07CDR. Calhoun, James15 April 1863 - 21 April 1864
    08CDR. Lynch, Dominick21 April 1864 - 12 December 1865
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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