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USS Plymouth (I)


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Civil War Medal

Sloop-of-War:
  • Built by Boston Navy Yard, date unknown
  • Launched date unknown
  • Commissioned, early 1844, CDR Henry Henry in command
  • The sloop-of-war departed Boston, 3 April 1844, for the Mediterranean
  • Returned to New York, 4 October 1846
  • Plymouth departed New York, 13 February 1848, for the Far East
  • Returning to Norfolk from the East Indies, 29 January 1851
  • Departed Norfolk for duty on the East Indies station, 23 August 1851
  • Joined Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to Japan, entering Tokyo Bay 8 July 1853, departing on the 17 July 1863
  • Plymouth returned to Tokyo Bay in 1854
  • Prior to returning to the United States Plymouth put into Shanghai support a coordinated British-American expedition against hostile forts in the area
  • Plymouth returned to Norfolk 11 January 1855
  • Reassigned as a midshipman training ship in the summers of 1855 and 1856
  • Tested new ordnance under the command of CDR. John A. Dahlgren in 185
  • Resumed duties as a training ship for midshipmen during the summers of 1859 and 1860
  • Plymouth was at Norfolk for repairs during the secession crises in the winter of 1860-1861
  • Final Disposition, burned and scuttled at Norfolk, 20 April 1861, to prevent her capture by Confederate forces when the Navy Yard fell into their hands
    Specifications:
    Displacement 189 t.
    Length 147'
    Beam 38' 1"
    Depth of Hold 17' 2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    four 8" shell guns
    eighteen 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Saratoga 294k US Navy ships of the Japanese Squadron, established to promote free trade with Japan in 1852. From left to right:
    USS Susquehanna,
    USS Saratoga,
    USS St. Mary's,
    USS Supply,
    USS Plymouth,
    USS Perry,
    USS Mississippi and
    USS Princeton.
    From ~ The Archive of the Old Print Man ~ "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion", Boston, 1852.
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Mississippi (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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