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US Frigate Columbia (I)
Laid down, in 1825 as a ship-rigged sailing frigate at Washington Navy Yard
Not launched until 9 March 1836
Commissioned in 1838 as USF Columbia, LT. George A. Magruder in command
During Columbia's first cruise from May 1838 to June 1840 she rounded the Cape of Good Hope to become flagship of COMO. George C. Read in the East Indies
Returned to the US by way of Cape Horn, one of the first U.S. naval ships to circumnavigate the globe
Columbia served as flagship of the Home Squadron from January to May 1842
She served on the Brazil Station between July 1842 and February 1844
In the Mediterranean from May to December 1844
Columbia returned to the Brazil Station as flagship between November 1845 and October 1847
Placed in ordinary at Norfolk Navy Yard in October 1847
Reactivated in late 1854 to serve as flagship of the Home Squadron from January 1853 to March 1855
Columbia was at Norfolk at the outbreak of the Civil War where she was scuttled and burned by Union forces to avoid her capture by Confederates upon the surrender of Norfolk Navy Yard 21 April 1861
Final Disposition, after the war she was raised and sold at Norfolk 10 October 1867
Displacement 1,726 t.
Depth of Hold 14' 4"
Speed 23 kts.
four 8" guns
eighteen 32-pdr guns
twenty-two 42-pdr carronades
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||Line engraving from Harper's Weekly, 1861 of Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.. It depicts (from left to right) the ships:
USS Raritan and
USS United States moored off the yard prior to their destruction on 20 April 1861.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 59559
USF Columbia (I)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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