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USS Delaware (V)
USS Piscataqua (I) (1867 - 1869)

Java Class Screw Sloop:
  • Laid downin 1864 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME.
  • Hulls designed by Delano and engines by Isherwood
  • Built of unseasoned wood and with diagonal iron bracing and decayed quickly
  • Ship rigged with two funnels
  • Launched, 11 June 1866
  • Commissioned USS Piscataqua, 21 October 1867, CAPT. Daniel Ammen in command
  • USS Piscataqua served as flagship for the Asiatic Station from 1868 to 1869
  • Name changed to USS Delaware, 15 May 1869
  • Decommissioned, 3 December 1870, at New York Navy Yard
  • Final Disposition, foundered at wharf, New York Navy Yard, in 1875, sold for scrapping in February 1877
    Displacement 2,400 t.(lt) 3,934 t.(fl)
    Length 312' 6"
    Beam 46'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 16' 8"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 325
    two 100-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    one 60-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    two 20-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    sixteen 9" smoothbores
    two Woodruff & Beach of Hartford, CT. horizontal back-acting engines (60" x 3')
    four boilers
    single propeller

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    Delaware (V) 145k USS Delaware (V) (ex- USS Piscataqua (I)) at anchor in the harbor at Shanghai, China in 1869 with her funnels lowered. Photo courtesy of Martin Holbrook Collection. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Center. Robert Hurst

    USS Piscataqua (I) / USS Delaware (V)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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