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USS Albany (I)


Sloop-of-War:
  • Laid down in 1843 at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 27 June 1846
  • Commissioned United State Sloop-of-War Albany, 6 November 1846, CAPT. Samuel Livingston Breese in command
  • Assigned to the Home Squadron in the Gulf of Mexico in November 1846 for operations against Mexico during the Mexican War
  • Albany participated in General Winfield Scott's operations against Veracruz, 9 March 1845.
  • Because of her deep draft Albany would see little action against the Mexicans, but her crew would participate in several operations using the ships boats to ascend the various rivers or to transport her guns to shore in support of shoreside operations
  • Albany headed home for repairs departing the Mexican coast on 11 July and arrived in Hampton Roads, VA., 6 August
  • She continued north to Boston for repairs which were completed, 27 September
  • Albany put to sea 10 October returning to the Gulf of Mexico to serve along the Mexican coast on blockade duty
  • In March 1848 she was detached and sent to Venezuela to protect American citizens there during a highly volatile constitutional crisis in that country
  • With the Mexican War at an end, Albany began cruising the Caribbean-West Indies region until 12 September 1848 when she returned to Norfolk
  • Between 15 November 1848 and the latter part of 1853, the sloop of war made three more extended deployments in the Caribbean Sea-West Indies area
  • Albany set sail, 12 December 1853 from Boston to sail among the islands of the West Indies and along the coast of Central America
  • Final Disposition, the Sloop-of-War departed Aspinwall, 29 September 1854 and was never heard from again and was listed as lost at sea with all hands
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,064 t.
    Length 163' 6"
    Beam 32' 2"
    Depth of Hold 17' 3"
    Draft 13'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 210
    Armament
    four 8" guns
    eighteen 32-pdr guns
    Propulsion sail

    courtesy Courtesy of the United States Naval Institute Annapolis, MD.
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    Albany (I) 198k Black and white drawing of the United States Sloop-of-War Albany by Master William Brady USN, copied from "Kedge Anchor"
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 611
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    Albany (I) 227k Black and white photo of an engraving of the United States Sloop-of-War Albany under sail (1846-1854).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 200, courtesy Courtesy of the United States Naval Institute Annapolis, MD.
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    Albany (I) 154k Oil painting by RADM John W. Schmidt USN (Ret) of the United States Sloop-of-War Albany (1846-54).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57597-KN, courtesy Mrs. C. Lathrop, 1928.
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    Albany (I) 380k Hand colored lithograph print of the 22 gun sloop-of-war USS Albany (I). Published between 1835 and 1856 by N. Currier. Currier & Ives. New York a catalog raisonné / compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1983, no. 6851. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC2-3126 (color film copy slide). Image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division digital ID cph.3b51000 Robert Hurst
    Albany (I) 24k Portrait by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828) of CAPT. James T. Gerry, last commander of Albany, died 1855. Image courtesy Wiki Portrait Gallery Robert Hurst

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