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USS Marion


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Sloop-of-War (fourth rate) / Screw Steamer (third rate):
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched, 24 April 1839
  • Departed Boston, 10 November 1839, for the Brazil Station
  • Sunk when heaved down in the harbor at Rio de Janeiro in early 1842
  • Raised and sailed back to Boston, arriving in May 1842
  • Departed Boston for the Caribbean, returning in May 1843 to be placed in ordinary
  • Recommissioned, date unknown, assigned to the West Africa and Mediterranean Squadrons until 1848
  • Reassigned to the East Indies in 1848
  • Assigned to operations with the African Squadron, 1850-52, 1853-55 and 1858-60
  • Placed in ordinary for 1856-57 at Norfolk.
  • In ordinary at Portsmouth, N.H., when the Civil War broke out
  • Marion recommissioned, 21 June 1861
  • During the Civil War USS Marion participated in the following actions;
  • Search of the Caribbean for the Confederate cruiser CSS Jeff Davis
  • Assigned to the Gulf Blockading Squadron in September 1861, participated in the capture of Ship Island, 16 September 1861
  • May 1862, ordered to Boston for repairs
  • 24 July, 1862 assigned a practice ship for midshipmen until 1870
  • Decommissioned in 1871 at Portsmouth Navy Yard
  • Rebuilt as a third rate screw steamer
  • Recommissioned, 12 January 1876, cruising on the European and South Atlantic stations until December 1882
  • Returned to Portsmouth in December 1882
  • Ordered to the Pacific in 1885, assigned to the Asiatic station until 1890
  • Returned to the US to serve in the Bering Sea on duty connected with the seal fisheries
  • Returned to the Asiatic Squadron in late 1891
  • Pacific station in 1895, cruising the west coast of the Americas and amongst the Hawaiian Islands until 11 December 1897
  • Decommissioned, 11 December 1897, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Subsequently transferred to the custody of the State of California to served a training ship for that State Naval Militia until 1907
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 March 1907
  • Sold, 24 July 1907, to C. E. Boudrow, San Francisco
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    Sloop-of-War 566 t.
    Screw Steamer 1900 t.
    Length
    Sloop-of-War 227' 5"
    Screw Steamer 216'
    Beam 32'
    Draft
    Sloop-of-War 15' 8½"
    Screw Steamer 16' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    sixteen guns
    Propulsion
    Sloop-of-War - sail
    Screw Steamer - steam

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    Marion 120k USS Marion struck by a terrific squall, 2 Sept. 1848. Lithograph by J.H. Bufford's after a sketch by G. Conklin.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 46402.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    America 135k Yacht USS America at Boston Navy Yard in the summer of 1863 with the Practice Ship USS Marion and USS Ohio behind her. America was serving as tender to Marion, a sailing sloop of war that acted as practice ship for the US Naval Academy at Annapolis between 1862 and 1870, while Ohio was serving as receiving ship at the Boston Navy Yard.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 89400
    Mike Green
    Marion 248k USS Marion moored pierside location unknown, circa 1876. Note Rigging, Boats, & General Details of this small sloop
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 46405.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Marion 158k USS Marion moored pierside at Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire, circa 1876. Note the small schooner alongside.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 75891.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Marion 151k USS Marion at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73851. Courtesy of Mr. William Davis, Jackson Heights, N.Y.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Marion 79k Lithograph after a drawing by Joseph L. Jones, circa 1877-1880 depicting a Naval Review in Hampton-Roads, VA. dedicated to Secretary of the Navy Richard W. Thompson. Ships present include (from left):
    USS Marion,
    USS Tallapoosa (flying the Secretary of the Navy's Flag),
    USS Constitution,
    USS Kearsarge,
    USS Saratoga,
    USS Powhatan,
    USS Portsmouth and
    USS Minnesota.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61193. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    Robert Hurst
    Marion 160k USS Marion at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 46404.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Marion 316k USS Marion moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 60257.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Marion 211k USS Marion off Mare Island Navy Yard, circa December 1897.
    Description: Copied from the journal of navy Cadet C.R. Miller, USN, 1898.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 46403.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Marion 139k Cabin aboard a U.S. warship, probably steam sloop USS Marion A view of a cabin aboard a U.S. warship, photographed about 1890. The sofa cover (blanket) carries the name Marion. This ship served in the Pacific and East Asia during 1885-1895. Note the apparently oriental china plates on the bulkheads.
    Description: Courtesy of Mr. Paul H. Silverstone, New York, 1981.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 92189.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Marion
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    CNO Letter, Subj: location of USS Marion's bell.
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