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USS Supply (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Purchased by the US Navy in 1846, at Boston
Delivered at the Boston Navy Yard, 8 December 1846
Commissioned, USS Supply at Boston Navy Yard, 19 December 1846, LT. John Calhoun in command
USS Supply sailed, 21 January 1847 in support the Home Squadron's operations against Mexico during the Mexican War
Supply, LT William F. Lynch in command, departed for the Mediterranean in November 1847, with equipment and stores to be used in an expedition to explore the Dead Sea, arriving the Levant, 4 February 1848, returning to Norfolk, 8 December 1848
Decommissioned, at Norfolk, 17 December 1848
Recommissioned, 17 February 1849, sailing once more for the Mediterranean, 8 March, carrying the United States consul to Tripoli. Arriving back at Norfolk, via Brazil, Supply was laid up at Norfolk, 4 November 1849
Reactivated, 22 November 1849, sailing for California in January 1850
Supply returned to New York, in 1852 to prepare for service with the West India Squadron
Supply participation in Commodore Perry's opening of Japan in July 1853 entering Tokyo Bay, 8 July 1853, returning to New York in February 1855
USS Supply LT. David Dixon Porter in command, departed New York, 4 June 1855, to obtain camels for experimental use by the Army in the territory recently acquired by the US during the War with Mexico
Supply reached Smyrna, 30 January 1856, loaded 21 camels, and sailed,15 February for the Gulf of Mexico, delivering the animals to Indianola, TX. in May, she delivered a second cargo of camels to Suwanee, MS in February 1857
Supply participated in the punitive expedition against Paraguay, arriving off Asuncion, 25 February 1859, where the affair was settled with an apology and an indemnity
The ship was at Pensacola in January 1861 , sailing north on 16 January with the families and possessions of the officers and men who had been stationed there, returning to Pensacola, 7 April with army troops and marines to re-enforce Ft. Pickens
During the Civil War USS Supply supported the Atlantic and Gulf Blockading Squadrons
Took schooner Stephen Hart, 29 January 1862
Following the war Supply served in the Brazil Squadron in 1866, and in the Far East in 1867 and 1868
Laid up from 27 June 1868 to 5 November 1869
Reactivated sailing for Europe 6 November 1869
Decommissioned at New York, 7 July 1870
Recommissioned, 21 February 1871, sailing for France with supplies for French citizens left destitute by the Franco-Prussian War
In 1872 Supply carried a relief crew to USS Lancaster flagship of the South Atlantic Squadron
In 1873 she transported American exhibits to Austria for the Vienna Exposition
Laid up in Ordinary at New York from 1873 to 1875
Returned to Europe in 1875 to retrieve the exhibits
Sailed as a training ship in 1876 and 1877 with boys from New York
in 1878 she transported American exhibits for the Paris Exposition and brought them back in March 1879
Decommissioned, at New York, 23 April, 1879, towed to Philadelphia for lay up
Struck from the Naval Register and sold, 3 May 1884
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 547 t.
Depth of Hold unknown
Speed 11.5 kts
Armament four 24-pdrs
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||US Navy ships of the Japanese Squadron, established to promote free trade with Japan in 1852. From left to right:
USS St. Mary's,
USS Mississippi and
From ~ The Archive of the Old Print Man ~ "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion", Boston, 1852.
||Ships of The Paraguay Squadron under way. Ships are from left to right:
USS Water Witch next the flag-ship
USS Sabine; next to
USS Fulton; behind Fulton is
USS Western Port (later USS Wyandotte); next is
USS Harriet Lane; behind Harriet Lane is
USS Supply; and next the bow of
Artist unknown. Image from Harper's Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858.
||Oil on canvas painting by W.R. May of the ship-rigged sailing ship USS Supply at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Naval War College
||"The United States Fleet off Fort Pickens, Florida" A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, depicting U.S. Navy ships off Pensacola, Florida, in April 1861. Federal troops were landed at Fort Pickens on 12 April.
Ships identified in the title line are (left to right): USS Wyandotte (partially visible); USS Supply (in the distance); USS Sabine; USS Brooklyn and USS Crusader (partially visible).
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59121
||Right half of a line engraving published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting the scene off Pensacola in mid-April 1861. Features identified in text immediately below the image are (left to right): USS Sabine, USS St. Louis, USS Supply, USS Wyandotte (incorrectly depicted as a side-wheel steamer), Pensacola Navy Yard, and the chartered steamship SS Atlantic.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73743
||Paymaster Charles H. Eldridge entered the service as Assistant Paymaster, 10 July 1861 and was assigned to USS Supply from 1861 to 1862. He was promoted to Paymaster, 6 February 1862. and was re-assigned to USS Canandaigua from 1862 to 1864.
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
||USS Supply probably at New York Navy Yard after the Civil War, with the receiving ship USS Vermont on the left and the smokestacks of a Wampanoag class steam cruiser behind Supply's mizzen mast.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # NR&L(O) 21480
USS Supply (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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