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USS Lawrence (II)

  • Laid down, date unknown as the Brig-of-War Lawrence by Langley B. Culley at Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched 1 August 1843
  • Commissioned USS Lawrence, 19 September 1843, CDR. William H. Gardner in command
  • Lawrence fitted out for her first cruise at Norfolk Navy Yard in October-November 1843
  • Under way for the West Indies, 16 November 1843, the ship cruised along the northern coast of South America, returning to Pensacola, FL., 25 January 1844
  • The Brigs second cruise included a 5 February 1844, visit to Havana, Cuba, before proceeding Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs, arriving there 8 March
  • Lawrence, CAPT Samuel Mercer in command, joined the Home Squadron, 14 June, 1844, the the Gulf of Mexico
  • She spent the next year in the Gulf, providing security to American shipping in the region and suppressing piracy
  • When war broke out with Mexico in 1846 Lawrence cruised on a blockade station off the Mexican coast
  • The brig landed sailors in April to protect Point Isabel
  • Lawrence sailed for New York 17 June, her deep draft and limited cargo space limited her usefulness to deep water only operations
  • Decommissioned at New York, 12 September 1846, and sold at Boston later in the year
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 364 t.
    Length 114'
    Beam 26' 8"
    Depth of Hold 13' 3"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 80
    two 32-pdr guns
    eight short 32-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Lawrence (II) 272k Pen and ink drawing of the lines of the United States Brig Lawrence (II), built in Baltimore in 1843. Drawing by Howard Irving Chapelle. Image scanned from "The History Of American Sailing Ships", by Howard Irving Chapelle, Bonanza Books, New York. Robert Hurst

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