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USS Resaca

Resaca-class Steam Sloop:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a third-class screw steamer at Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H. of unseasoned wood
  • Launched 18 November 1865
  • Commissioned USS Resaca in 1866, CDR. J. M. Bradford in command
  • Resaca was initially assigned to the Pacific Squadron cruising Alaskan waters
  • Decommissioned, in 1872 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold 18 February 1873to Messrs Christopher Nelson, Charles Goodall, and George C. Perkins, for $41,000
  • Rebuilt by Dickie Bros. at San Francisco for service as a steamer capable of carrying 145 passengers, renamed SS Ventura
  • Subsequently, 16 February 1875, Ventura became the property of the Goodall, Nelson, and Perkins Steam Ship Co.
  • Final Disposition, wrecked off Santa Cruz, CA., 20 April 1875 and lost
    Displacement 1,129 t.
    Length 216' (between perpendiculars)
    Beam 31'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 213
    one 60-pdr muzzle loading rifle
    six- 32-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    three 20-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    two Isherwood designed horizontal back-acting engines (36" x 3'), IHP 750 = 12 kts, built at Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC
    single propeller

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    Resaca 92k Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia.
    View on board ships moored off the yard's western waterfront in 1865-66. Ships in the immediate foreground are monitors. The odd "cigar-shaped" steamer tied up to them appears to be the former Confederate "enlarged" CSS David built at Charleston, South Carolina, late in the Civil War. The Navy Yard's western shiphouse is visible in the right background, with USS Resaca fitting out at pierside. Photo mounted on a stereograph card.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 86237. Courtesy of the Steamship Historical Society of America, 1952. Collection of Rosmar S. Devereaux.
    Robert Hurst
    Resaca 163k USS Resaca at anchor, date and location unknown. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 93920. From "Warships of The Civil War Navies" by Paul H. Silverstone. Robert Hurst

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