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USS Preble (II)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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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    Preble 104k In the American Revolution Edward Preble ran away from home to serve on a privateer, entered (1779) the Massachusetts state marine as a midshipman, and saw service aboard the Protector, which was captured in 1781. After his release he joined the Winthrop and, when the Revolution was over, was engaged in the merchant service. Commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. navy in 1798, he was promoted (1799) to captain and given command of the USS Essex, which sailed to China and convoyed 14 merchant vessels to New York. In 1803, Preble was transferred to USS Constitution and set out in command of a squadron for the Mediterranean, where he took a leading part in the Tripolitan War. After the USS Philadelphia of his squadron had been captured and held in the harbor of Tripoli, Preble blockaded that port and made a number of attacks, but he failed to capture the strongly fortified town. He was relieved of his command on the arrival of Commodore Samuel Barron. Many of those who served under Preble, such as David Porter and Stephen Decatur, rendered distinguished service in the War of 1812. Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
    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

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