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USS Warren (IV)


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Sloop-of-War:
  • Built between 1825 and 1827 as the second class sloop-of-war Warren at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Commissioned, 14 January 1827, at Boston Master Commandant Lawrence Kearny in command
  • USS Warren sailed for the Mediterranean, 22 February 1827, to stop Greek-flag pirates from victimizing American merchantmen
  • Warren returned to the United States in the summer of 1830, arriving at Norfolk, VA., on 30 August
  • Decommissioned for repairs, 10 September 1830
  • Recommissioned, 2 September 1831, Master Commandant Benjamin Cooper in command, for service on the Brazil Station
  • The sloop-of-war returned to the United States in 1833, reaching Philadelphia on 31 October
  • Warren then made three successive tours in the West Indies, protecting American commerce in deployments that began in 1836, 1839, and 1841
  • On 19 October 1843, Warren sailed for the Pacific and served on the western coast of the North American continent for the remainder of her naval career
  • During the war with Mexico, Warren acted as a guardship at Monterery and eventually moved to San Francisco for duty as a stores and receiving ship
  • On 13 November 1846, the former sloop-of-war's launch, in charge of Acting Master William H. Montgomery, departed the ship with $900.00 to pay bills accrued by the Navy for supplies, bound for Sutter's Fort, up the Sacramento River. By the end of the month, when no word came from the launch's crew, Warren's commanding officer felt "great anxiety" and sent out a hired boat with some men from his ship to hunt for the missing craft and its crew. On 18 December, the search party-having combed the river and inlets as far as Fort Sacramento-returned and reported finding no sign of the launch or of the crew
  • Eventually, the fate of Warren's launch came to light. The officers had been murdered-their throats cut-and their bodies thrown overboard. The men divided the money and split up, some returning overland across the North American continent to the east; others remained in California to pan for "washing gold." Records do not indicate whether or not the guilty men were ever found and brought to trial. However, they do show that orders were issued that valid discharges were to be shown by all naval personnel returning overland to prove that they were not deserters.
  • Warren was sold at Panama, 1 January 1863
  • Her eventual fate is unrecorded, although records indicate that the erstwhile sloop-of-war was used as a coal hulk by the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. as late as 1874
    Specifications:
    Displacement 697t.
    Length 127'
    Beam 33' 9"
    Depth of Hull 15' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 190
    Armament twenty 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Saginaw 55k Stores ship USS Warren at anchor in San Francisco Bay in 1862. The sidewheeel steamer USS Saginaw is anchored to port of Warren waiting a berth at Mare Island Navy Yard.
    Courtesy United States Naval Institute.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Warren (IV)
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