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USS Congress (V)


Contoocook-Class Screw Sloop:
  • Laid down in 1863 as the screw-sloop Pushmataha at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 17 July 1868
  • Renamed Cambridge, 15 May 1868
  • Renamed Congress 31 December 1869.
  • Commissioned USS Congress, 4 March 1870, CAPT. N. Harrison in command
  • Assigned as flagship for COMO J. Greens South Atlantic Squadron in 1870
  • In 1871 Congress served as flagship for VADM Rowan, while hosting a visiting Russian squadron
  • Joined the Mediterranean Squadron, in February 1872
  • After visiting the Centennial Exposition of 1876 at Philadelphia Congress was decommissioned, 26 July 1876
  • Laid up in ordinary until 20 September 1883 when she was sold
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,003 t.
    Length 296' 10"
    Beam 41'
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft 15' 6"
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 250
    Armament
    As Built
    eight 9" smoothbores
    one 60-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    1878 total
    fourteen 9" smoothbores
    two 60-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    Propulsion
    two Morris Towne & Co, Philadelphia, PA., horizontal back-acting condensing engines (60" x 3')
    four boilers
    single propeller, IHP 1,220 = 13 kts

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    US Navy photo from "Warships of the Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone.
    Robert Hurst

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