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USS Macedonian (II)

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Civil War Medal

  • Launched in 1810 as the British Frigate HMS Macedonian
  • Rebuilt from the keel up at Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. 1832 to 1836
  • Launched, and placed in commission as USS Macedonian in 1836, CAPT. Thomas C. Jones in command
  • USS Macedonian was first assigned to the West India Squadron from 1839 to 1847
  • Carried food to Ireland during the famine of the 1840's
  • Converted to a sloop of war at Brooklyn Navy Yard between 1852 and 1854 for service in Japan
  • Assigned to the East India Squadron she was present off Uraga, Japan, 13 February 1854, during COMO. Perrys' second expedition
  • Assigned to patrol duty in the North Pacific from 1854 to 1857
  • Reassigned to the Home Squadron from 1857 to 1861
  • At the outbreak of the Civil War USS Macedonian was assigned to patrol operations in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of South America
  • Reassigned to the West India Squadron from 1862 to July 1863
  • After the Civil War USS Macedonian served as a school and practice ship at the US Naval Academy, at Newport and Annapolis
  • Laid up in ordinary in 1871 at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Sold, 31 December 1875, for merchant service to Wiggin and Robinson
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,341 t.
    Length 164'
    Beam 41'
    Draft 21' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 489
    two 10" smoothbores
    sixteen 8" smoothbores
    four 32-pdrs
    November 1862
    one 10"/87 gun
    four 8"/55 guns
    one 12-pdr
    May 1863
    two 100-pdrs
    eight 8"/63 guns
    four 32-pdr/42s
    two 12-pdrs
    May 1864
    two 12-pdrs replaced by 2 9" smoothbores
    September 1864
    two 100-pdr
    two 9" smoothbores
    eight 8"/63 guns
    two 32-pdr/42s
    four 12-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Macedonian 141k USS Macedonian laden with provisions for the Irish during the famine of the 1840s. wood engraving print, 1847 "Illustrated London News" Tommy Trampp
    Macedonian 138k USS Macedonian line drawing and rigging plan, on waxed linen, circa 1851-1852, 36 x 25 ¾ in. “Razee a Spar Deck Ship” written in different hand than plan design’s hand and initials. Macedonian was converted from a 36-gun frigate into a 20-gun sloop-of-war “razee,” (from the French raser, “to shave”) a warship that has been lowered in height by removing the spar (main) deck. The vessel’s sails were also enlarged in the process. The changes made the ship faster and lighter, but both alterations required new standing (support) rigging, and hull reinforcements. Tommy Trampp
    Macedonian 196k USS Macedonian as US Naval Academy practice ship at Newport, R.I., around 1864-65.
    US Navy photo and text from "Warships of The Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Robert Hurst
    Macedonian 174k USS Macedonian possibly when she served as school and practice ship for midshipmen at the Naval Academy, first at Newport, R.I., then, after the Civil War, at Annapolis, MD.
    Library of Congress; Lot 4182, no. 10
    Mike Green
    Macedonian 413k USS Macedonian at anchor circa 1861-1865, location unknown.
    Library of Congress; LC-B8184-5080
    Mike Green

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