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USS Brandywine


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Potomac Class Frigate:
  • Laid down, 20 September 1821, as Susquehanna, at Washington Navy Yard
  • Launched, 16 June 1825
  • Renamed Brandywine in 1825
  • Commissioned, USS Brandywine, 25 August 1825, CAPT. Charles Morris in command
  • Brandywine transported the Marquis de Lafayette to France before joining the Mediterranean Squadron in November
  • Recalled home in February 1826 for repairs and fitting out for Pacific duty
  • USS Brandywine departed New York, 3 September 1826, to join the Pacific Squadron
  • Returning to New York, 8 October 1829 she was decommissioned soon thereafter
  • Recommissioned, 10 January 1830, CAPT. Henry E. Ballard in command
  • Brandywine was dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico in March to gather information concerning conditions in that area
  • Reassigned to the Mediterranean Squadron, October 1830
  • USS Brandywine sailed for the United States late in the spring of 1833, returning to New York on 9 July
  • Decommissioned, 11 July 1833, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 4 April 1834, CAPT. David Deacon in command
  • Brandywine was assigned to the Pacific Squadron as flagship
  • The ship returned to Norfolk, 22 April 1837 and was placed in ordinary
  • Recommissioned, 2 August 1839, CAPT. William C. Bolton in command
  • Brandywine was again assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron
  • Decommissioned, 30 July 1842, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 16 February 1843, LT. Charles W. Chauncey in command
  • USS Brandywine set sail for the East Indies on 24 May, picking up special envoy Caleb Cushing at Bombay. Cushing was to negotiate the opening of Chinese ports to American trade
  • Decommissioned, 17 September 1845, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 30 August 1847, CAPT. Thomas Crabbe in command
  • Brandywine was assigned to the Brazil Station for the next three years
  • Decommissioned, 14 December 1850, at New York
  • Recommissioned, 27 October 1861, at New York Navy Yard, CDR. Benjamin J. Totten in command
  • Housed over and converted to a storeship at Hampton Roads
  • Towed to Baltimore, Brandywine remained there until early June 1862
  • Towed back to Norfolk, after the danger posed by the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia had waned
  • Destroyed by fire, 3 September 1864
  • Raised and sold to Maltby & Co., of Norfolk, 26 March 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,708 t.
    Length 175'
    Beam 45'
    Depth 14' 5"
    Draft 22' 4"
    Speed 13 Kts
    Complement 480
    Armament
    thirty 32-pdrs
    twenty-four 32-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Montgomery (III) 158k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861, pages 456-457, depicting a large number of Navy ships off the New York Navy Yard, early in the Civil War. Vessels shown include (from left to right): USS Montgomery;
    USS Vandalia;
    USS Brandywine;
    USS North Carolina;
    USS Potomac;
    USS Savannah;
    USS R.R. Cuyler;
    USS Mount Vernon;
    USS Roanoke;
    USS Resolute
    and USS Wabash. A rowing launch is underway in the foreground.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59308
    Bill Gonyo
    Brandywine 40k Lithograph print of USS Brandywine. US Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD., rendered by Melbourne Smith. Tommy Trampp
    Brandywine 233k Engraving of USS Brandywine on fire in the Gosport Navy Yard, 3 September 1864. Sketched by James S. Conant for Harper's Weekly 1864. Tommy Trampp

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