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USS Preble (II)

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Civil War Medal

  • Laid down, date unknown as the sloop-of-war Preble at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard
  • Launched 13 June 1839
  • Commissioned USS Preble in 1840, CDR. Samuel L. Breese in command
  • USS Preble assignments included:
    Special duty off Labrador from June to November 1840
    Mediterranean Squadron, 12 January 1841 to 13 August 1843
    Duty along the African coast from 5 September 1844 to 25 September 1845
    During the Mexican War, Pacific Squadron 1847 to 1848
    East Indies Squadron, from summer 1848 to November 1850
    Midshipmen practice ship from 1851 to 1858
    Paraguay as part of the action against that country for firing on Water Witch, January 1859
    Gulf Blockading Squadron, July 1861 to assist in implementing the Union blockade of the South’s coast
  • Final Disposition, accidentally destroyed by fire, 27 April 1863.
    Displacement 566 t.
    Length 117'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 15'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament six 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Richmond 140k "The Battle at the Southwest Pass -- The Ram 'Manassas' attacking the 'Richmond.' -- Sketched by an Officer of the 'Richmond'." A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, depicting CSS Manassas attacking USS Richmond near the Head of Passes, Mississippi River, on 12 October 1861. Other ships depicted include the U.S. sailing sloops of war USS Vincennes and USS Preble (in left center and at right).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59012.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Preble (II)
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