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USS Iroquois (I) (1859 - 1904)

1913 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Have - Sail
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Mohican-class Steam Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 12 April 1859
  • Commissioned USS Iroquois, 24 November 1859, CDR. J. S. Palmer, in command
  • Initially assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron in January 1860
  • USS Iroquois's first assignment during the Civil War was a search and destroy mission to the Caribbean seeking Confederate commerce raiders
  • In 1862 USS Iroquois was re-assigned to the mouth of the Mississippi River in preparation for the attack on New Orleans
  • After New Orleans Iroquois moved up the river to participate in the siege at Vicksburg
  • Iroquois returned to New York 2 October 1862, where she was decommissioned 6 October 1862 for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 8 January 1863, CDR. Henry Roland in command, assigned to the North Atlantic blockading Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 8 October 1863, at Baltimore, MD. for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 31 March 1864, CDR. C. R. P. Rodgers in command, assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 6 October 1865, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 7 January 1867, CDR. Earl English in command
  • Sailed for the Asiatic Squadron, 7 January 1867
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1870, at League Island, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 23 August 1871, CDR. H. A. Adams in command
  • Assigned to the East Coast until 18 March 1872, when she sailed to rejoin the Asiatic Fleet
  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1874, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 12 April 1882, CDR. J. H. Sands in command, assigned to the Pacific station
  • Decommissioned, 12 May 1892, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Transferred to the Marine Hospital Service and served
  • Returned to commissioned status, 13 December 1898, LT. Charles Pond in command
  • Assigned to the Pacific
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1899, at Honolulu T.H.
  • Transferred again to the Marine Hospital Service
  • Name changed to Ionie, 30 November 1904
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 August 1910
    Displacement 2,016 t.
    Length 198' 11"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement unknown
    one 50-pdr
    four 32-pdrs
    one 12-pdr howitzer
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Iroquois 52k USS Iroquois at anchor, date and location unknown
    US Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Essex 79k "Panoramic View of the United States Fleet passing the Forts on the Mississippi, on its way to New Orleans, April 19th, 1862."
    Contemporary line engraving published in "The Soldier in our Civil War", Volume I. It depicts the Federal ships shortly before they began the passage of the forts, with the Confederate gunboats waiting upstream. Individual U.S. Navy ships (as identified in text below the engraving) are:
    USS John P. Jackson;
    USS Mississippi;
    USS Pensacola;
    USS Hartford (Flagship);
    USS Iroquois;
    USS Westfield;
    USS Cayuga; and
    USS Varuna;
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59063
    Robert Hurst
    Governor Moore
    124k CSS Governor Moore beached and in flames, 24 April 1862. The Union ships are from left to right:
    USS Oneida
    USS Pinola
    the sunken USS Varuna
    USS Iroquois and in the foreground
    USS Pensacola.
    Drawing from an 1888 Century Company New York Publication
    Tommy Trampp
    Iroquois 308k William Waud's image of USS Iroquois XI-inch gun crew hit during the battle of New Orleans. Printed in Frank Leslie's Illustrated newspaper. Bill Gonyo
    Iroquois 602k USS Iroquois anchor in the Mare Island Channel, Vallejo, CA. while in decommissioned status in 1892. Darryl Baker

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