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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.
Beam 26' 8"
Depth of Hold 13' 3"
two 32-pdr guns
eight short 32-pdr carronades
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||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.
USS Lawrence (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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