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USS Fulton (II)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Side wheel steamer:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 18 May 1837
  • Commissioned, 13 December 1837, CAPT. M. C. Perry in command
  • USS Fulton entered service along the Atlantic coast conducting ordnance experiments and training officers in gunnery
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1842, at New York
  • Fulton was essentially a harbor defense ship and proved unsuitable for cruising missions
  • Rebuilt at New York Navy Yard in 1851 as a more conventional warship
  • Recommissioned, 25 January 1852, for duty with the Home Squadron in the West Indies
    During this period of service USS Fulton's primary duties consisted of transporting government officials and protecting merchantmen against search on the high seas, and
    Participated in the expedition to Nicaragua in 1857 to break up William Walker's filibustering activities
    In 1858 obtained the release of five American merchant ships held at Tampico, Mexico, by revolutionary forces.
    From October 1858 to May 1859 participated in the "Water Witch Affair" operations to improve relations with Paraguay
  • Decommissioned, 7 May to 30 July 1859 at Norfolk, VA.
  • Recommissioned to cruise off Cuba to assist in the suppression of the slave trade
  • Damaged by grounding off Cuba, decommissioned, mid-October 1859, at Pensacola
  • Captured by Confederate forces, 12 January 1861
  • Destroyed during the evacuation of Pensacola Navy Yard by the Confederates in May 1862
    Specifications:
    Displacement 720 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 34' 8"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 13'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 130
    Armament
    four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail and steam
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    Fulton 63k Pen and ink drawing by Samuel War Stanton depicting USS Fulton as first completed, circa 1837.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65462, from the collections of the Navy Department, 1967.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fulton 168k Pen and ink drawing, with associated text, by Samuel War Stanton depicting USS Fulton as first completed, circa 1837, with three masts and four smokestacks.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65484, from the collections of the Navy Department, 1967.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fulton 71k Watercolor by Erik Heyl, 1955, of USS Fulton, painted for use in his book "Early American Steamers", Volume V. It depicts the ship as originally built, circa 1837.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 63701, courtesy of Erik Heyl.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fulton 110k Drawing depicting USS Fulton as originally completed, circa 1837.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53971, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, from the Skerritt Collection, Bethlehem Steel Corporation Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fulton 147k Engraving depicting USS Fulton under way, following her 1851 reconstruction. Copied from Charles B. Stuart's "Naval & Mail Steamers of the U.S.".
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 58838.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Sabine (I) 358k 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
    USS Memphis.
    Artist unknown. Image from Harper's Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858.
    Robert Hurst

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