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USS Narragansett (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Seminole-class Screw Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the 2nd class screw sloop of war Narragansett at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched 15 February 1859
  • Commissioned, USS Narragansett, 6 November 1859, CDR. T. A. Hunt in command
  • During the Civil War USS Narragansett cruised the Pacific Ocean protecting American mail steamers from Confederate raiders
  • Placed in ordinary in March 1865, at New York, City
  • Reactivated in 1869 to cruise the waters between Cuba and Florida
  • Decommissioned, 2 July 1869, at Portsmouth, N.H.,
  • Recommissioned in March 1871 for duty in the Pacific from 1871 to 1873
  • Reassigned in 1873 to survey duty along the Pacific coasts of California and Mexico.
  • Decommissioned in 1875 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold, 3 November 1883, to Win. E. Mighell of San Francisco
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,235 t.
    Length 188'
    Beam 30' 4"
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 11' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 40
    eleven 6" guns
    one 11" gun
    four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Narragansett 223k "The Great Expedition -- The Vessels at Anchor at Hampton Roads Previous to the Departure". Line engraving published in Harper's Weekly, July-December 1861 volume, page 725. It consists of two views of Flag Officer DuPont's squadron at Hampton Roads, VA., prior to leaving, 29 October 1861 to capture Port Royal, S.C. Ships and geographical features, as identified below the images, are (upper engraving, from left to right):
    ferry boats,
    store ship,
    steamer SS Marion,
    USS Seminole,
    steamer SS Ben Deford,
    tug Grapeshot,
    Fort Monroe,
    USS Narragansett,
    USS Alabama,
    USS Pawnee, and
    new ("90-Day") gunboats.

    (lower engraving, from left to right):
    store ship,
    SS Vanderbilt,
    steam tug (foreground),
    store ship,
    steamer Winfield Scott,
    steamer Atlantic,
    USS Minnesota,
    steamer SS Baltic,
    USS Relief,
    USS Wabash,
    USS R.B. Forbes,
    steamer SS Oriental,
    steamer SS Matanzas,
    steamer SS Philadelphia,
    and the Rip Raps.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 59317
    Robert Hurst
    Narragansett 345k USS Narragansett at Mare Island, CA., probably while on surveying service, 1873-75.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo. Photo and text from "Warships of The American Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Narragansett (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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