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USS North Carolina (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Ship of the Line:
  • Laid down in 1818 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 7 September 1820
  • Fitted out in the Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Master Commandant Charles W. Morgan assigned, 24 June 1824 as North Carolina's first commanding officer
  • North Carolina served in the Mediterranean as flagship for COMO. John Rodgers from 29 April 1825 until 18 May 1827
  • Decommissioned, 30 October 1836, at Norfolk to fit out for the Pacific Station
  • Assigned as flagship on the Pacific Station reaching Callao, Peru, 26 May 1837
  • North Carolina provided protection for American commerce in the eastern Pacific until March 1839
  • Returned to New York Navy Yard in June 1839 to serve as a receiving ship
  • Placed in ordinary in 1866
  • Sold at New York, 1 October 1867
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,633 t.
    Length 196'3"
    Beam 53'6"
    Depth 21'6"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 820
    Armament
    seventy-four guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Pennsylvania 110k Warships of the sailing navy. Chromolithograph by Armstrong & Company, after an 1893 watercolor by Fred S. Cozzens, published in Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements, 1897. Ships depicted are from different eras, and are identified by the artist as (from left to right): U.S. Brig (Schooner) Enterprise (1799-1823), firing a salute; U.S. Ship of the Line Pennsylvania (1837-1861); U.S. Ship of the Line North Carolina (1825-1867), mis-labeled by the artist as South Carolina; and U.S. Brig Hornet (1805-1829). The vessel under sail in the far center distance is not identified. Collection of Captain Glenn Howell, USN, 1974.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 460-KN (Color)
    Robert Hurst
    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
    North Carolina 367k USS North Carolina moored, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C.
    Tommy Trampp
    North Carolina 24k Newspaper article from the Hackettstown Gazette, February 4, 1864, reports arrival of Confederate prisoners for internment aboard USS North Carolina. The ship was serving as Receiving Ship at Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Civil War. Jan Williams
    Cultural and Historic Resources Specialist
    County of Morris
    Office of Planning & Preservation

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