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USS Perry (I)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Civil War Medal
Laid down at Norfolk Navy Yard, date unknown
Launched in May 1843
Commissioned USS Perry, 13 October 1843, CDR. Samuel F. Du Pont USN in command
Perry's first mission from 3 December 1843 to 4 November 1844 was to retrieve Caleb Cushing, the first American Commissioner to China, from Macao and return him to the west coast of Mexico
for an overland journey to Vera Cruz to catch a ship home
Perry continued her Pacific service by sailing to the Society Islands and the Marqueasa to help American whalers win respect and fair dealing
The brig arrived at Norfolk, 17 September 1845 and was decommissioned there, 25 September 1845
USS Perry recommissioned, 16 May 1846, three days after war was declared on Mexico, and sailed for the Gulf of Mexico to blockade Mexican ports
Dismasted in a hurricane while enroute and returned to Philadelphia for repairs, 4 December 1846
Perry departed Philadelphia, 16 May 1847, to join the Brazil Squadron protecting American interests between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
Seized the American slavers barks Ann D. Richardson and Independence off Rio De Janeiro in December 1847
Decommissioned at Norfolk, 14 July 1849
Recommissioned, 17 November 1849, for service off the west coast of Africa to help suppress the slave trade
In ordinary at New York, 26 December 1851 to 27 April 1852, returning to duties off the west coast of Africa
Decommissioned at Norfolk, 20 July 1854
Recommissioned, 20 March 1851 to April 1852
Perry participation in Commodore Perry's opening of Japan in July 1853 entering Tokyo Bay, 8 July 1853
Decommissioned, 20 July 1854, at Norfolk
Returned to in ordinary status until recommissioned, 21 January 1858 to participate in the Water Witch expedition to Paraguay
using sea power where diplomacy had failed to earn respect for the United States, indemnity for the family of an American sailor killed and a commercial treaty
advantageous to the United States
The brig returned to New York 5 June 1860 and decommissioned there, 15 June 1860
Recommissioned, 23 April 1861
During the Civil War USS Perry:
Escorted three transports carrying some 3,000 troops to Annapolis where they landed, 25 June reinforce the 7th Infantry Regiment
Reinforced forces around the Nation's threatened capital
Joined the Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Hampton Roads, 18 May 1861
Captured Confederate blockade runner Hannah M. near Cape Lookout, N.C., 31 May 1861
The brig took Confederate privateer Savannah 3 June, 1861, turned two British ships away from the Southern coast before reaching her blockade station
off the mouth of the St. Mary's River
USS Perry returned to Washington Navy Yard for repairs, 21 July, 1861, served with the Potomac Squadron for rest of year capturing sloops, Blooming Youth and Ellen Jane
Served at Aspinwall, Colombia from 15 May to 13 November 1862
Decommissioned at New York, 3 January 1863, for repairs
Perry recommissioned, 28 February 1863, taking station off New Inlet, N.C., capturing schooners Sue, 31 March and Alma, 1 May 1863
After repairs at Boston Perry joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Port Royal, S. C. 15 November, 1863, participating in the siege of Charleston
The brig sailed, 28 January 1864, to the blockade station off Fernandina, FL. where she remained until the end of the Civil War
USS Perry decommissioned at Philadelphia, 29 April, 1865
Sold at public auction there 10 August 1865
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 280 t.
Beam 25' 6"
Draft 13' 2"
Depth of Hold 12' 3"
six 32-pdr carronades
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Portrait in oils of Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S.N (1785-1819) by Edward L. Mooney (1813-1887) after John Wesley Jarvis
(1839). Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: KN-2783.
||Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
||USS Perry confronting the American slaver Martha off the coast of west Africa, 6 June 1850.
||US Navy ships of the Japanese Squadron, established to promote free trade with Japan in 1852. From left to right:
USS St. Mary's,
USS Mississippi and
From ~ The Archive of the Old Print Man ~ "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion", Boston, 1852.
USS Perry (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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