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USS Alaska (I)


Screw Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard as a wooden-hulled screw sloop of war
  • Launched, 31 October 1868
  • Commissioned USS Alaska, 8 December 1869, CDR. Homer C. Blake in command
  • Sailed for the Far East to show the flag before joining the Asiatic Squadron in May 1871 for the Korean expedition
  • Reassigned to the European Squadron in September after repairs at New York
  • Decommissioned, 5 October 1876, at New York for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 23 April 1878, and assigned to the Pacific
  • Decommissioned, 13 February 1883, at San Francisco
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 20 November 1883, at Mare Island
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,394 t.
    Length 250' 6"
    Beam 38'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement 273
    Armament
    one 11" smoothbore
    one 60-pdr rifle
    two 20-pdr rifles
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Alaska 64k USS Alaska at anchor in Korean waters during the expedition to Korea in May 1871.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63654.
    Robert Hurst and Darryl Baker

    USS Alaska (I)
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