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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
Displacement 1,708 t.
Depth 14' 5"
Draft 22' 4"
Speed 13 Kts
twenty-four 32-pdr carronades
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||USS Brandywine under way off Malta, 6 November 1831. Illustration from the book "Old Navy Days", by Sophie De Meissner.
||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 North Carolina;
USS R.R. Cuyler;
USS Mount Vernon;
A rowing launch is underway in the foreground.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59308
||Lithograph print of USS Brandywine. US Naval Institute, Annapolis, MD., rendered by Melbourne Smith.
||Engraving of USS Brandywine on fire in the Gosport Navy Yard, 3 September 1864. Sketched by James S. Conant for Harper's Weekly 1864.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 3 June 2016
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