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USS Bainbridge (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Bainbridge Brig-of-War:
  • 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.
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 13' 6"
    Depth of hold 11'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 80
    Armament twelve 32-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Somers (II) 245k Drawing showing the lines of the Brigs-of-War USS Bainbridge and USS Somers, 1842. Robert Hurst
    Somers (II) 156k Drawing showing the inboard details and deck plan of the Brigs-of-War USS Bainbridge and USS Somers, 1842. Robert Hurst
    Bainbridge 96k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1903 of USS Bainbridge
    US Navy photo # NH 56661.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Bainbridge 105k 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.
    Tommy Trampp

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