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USS Bainbridge (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down early in 1842 by the Boston Navy Yard
Launched, 26 April 1842
Commissioned, USS Bainbridge, 16 December 1842, CDR. Zachariah F. Johnston in command
Assigned to the Home Squadron in January 1843
Reassigned to the Brazil Squadron in June 1844
Laid up at Norfolk for repairs, 10 October 1847
Reactivated, 13 March 1848, for patrol off the coast of Africa looking for ships with slaves as cargo
Decommissioned, at New York, 18 July 1850
Recommissioned, 8 October 1851 initially assigned Brazil but redirected to patrol off the African continent searching for slavers
Decommissioned, at New York, 30 August 1853 for yard work
Recommissioned, 19 October 1853, reassigned to the Brazil Squadron
In January 1855 with the commanding officer of Bainbridge mentally ill she sailed for home without permission
Bainbridge resumed her duties on the Brazil Station with a new commanding officer
Decommissioned, 18 September 1856, at Norfolk, for repairs
Recommissioned, 28 April 1858, reassigned to the Brazil Squadron
Decommissioned, 15 November 1858, at Boston, MA. laid up in Ordinary
Recommissioned, 15 May 1861
During the Civil War USS Bainbridge participated in the following actions:
Assigned to protect Union shipping at Panama after recommissioning
Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron where she seized three Confederate blockade runners
Returned in May 1863 to New York for repairs, after storm damage near Aspinwall in November 1862
Final Disposition, capsized in severe weather off Cape Hatteras while enroute to her new assignment with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, all but one member of the crew was lost
Displacement 259 t.
Draft 13' 6"
Depth of hold 11'
Armament twelve 32-pdr carronades
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||Drawing showing the lines of the Brigs-of-War USS Bainbridge and USS Somers, 1842.
||Drawing showing the inboard details and deck plan of the Brigs-of-War USS Bainbridge and USS Somers, 1842.
||Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1903 of USS Bainbridge
US Navy photo # NH 56661.
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||Sketch by George H. Rogers, depicting USS Bainbridge cruising off Cuba in 1862, when the artist served on board her. Note the dialogue written above the sketch: "Lookout at masthead - 'S-a-i-l O-h!' Officer deck - 'Where away?'. 'Three points off the Starboard bow Sir'. 'Can you make her out?'. 'No Sir'. 'Well keep a sharp lookout there'. 'Aye, Aye, Sir'"
US Navy photo # NH 56662, courtesy of Charles Rogers Lord.
USS Bainbridge (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 29 July 2016
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