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USS St. Louis (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down, 12 February 1827, at the Washington Navy Yard
Launched, 18 August 1828
Commissioned USS St. Louis, 20 December 1828, Master Commandant John D. Sloat in command
Initially assigned to the Pacific Squadron
Laid up in ordinary at New York, 25 December 1831
Recommissioned, 19 September 1832, assigned to the West Indies Squadron
Placed in ordinary, 1 July 1838
Recommissioned, 5 April 1839, assigned to the Pacific Squadron
Laid up in ordinary, 16 September 1842,at Norfolk, VA.
St. Louis was recommissioned, 27 February 1843, joining the East Indies Squadron as flagship
Returning to Norfolk in September 1845 for lengthening of her hull
Departing from Norfolk, 11 August 1848, to serve on the South American Station
St. Louis departed Norfolk, 24 August 1852, to cruise the Mediterranean
ST. Louis returned to New York, 8 May 1855
Dispatched in November 1855 to west coast of Africa to help suppress the slave trade
Returning to New York, 9 February 1858
St Louis sailed in September 1858 to join the Home Squadron based at Pensacola, FL.
Rearmed in 1861 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with twelve 32-pdrs, two 20-pdr Parrott rifles, and one 12-pdr smoothbore
Assigned to the South Atlantic to search for Confederate commerce raiders
St. Louis was reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 26 November 1854
Decommissioned, 12 May 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
Declared unserviceable in 1866, she became the League Island Receiving ship until 1894
Loaned in 1894 to the Pennsylvania State Naval Militia as a training vessel
Name changed to Keystone State, 30 November 1904
Struck from the Naval Register, 9 August 1906
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 June1907, to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia
Displacement 700 t.
Beam 33' 9"
Depth 15' 6"
twenty 24-pdrs smooth bore
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||Watercolor of the sloop USS St. Louis by Gunner Moses Lane. Painted between 1852 and 1855 during a cruise in the Mediterranean
From The Hissem-Montague Family web site.
||Union Naval Gunner George P. Cushman of the sloop USS St. Louis (I). Cushman enlisted in the Navy on 18 December1861 and retired on 22 July 1891.
Image courtesy of the War of the Rebellion (Public Domain)
||Right half of a line engraving published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting the scene off Pensacola in mid-April 1861.
Features identified in text immediately below the image are (left to right): USS Sabine, USS St. Louis,
USS Supply, USS Wyandotte (incorrectly depicted as a side-wheel steamer),
Pensacola Navy Yard, and the chartered steamship SS Atlantic (USS Sumpter).
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73743
||Housed over USS St. Louis serving as a receiving ship at Philadelphia, 1874. Although she has been housed over to provide accommodations, she still retains her masts and the stump of her bowsprit.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
USS St. Louis (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 June 2016
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