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USS Sabine (I)

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Civil War Medal

Potomac Class Frigate:
  • Laid Down in 1822 at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, 3 February 1855
  • Commissioned USS Sabine, 23 August 1858, CAPT. Henry A. Adams (NH 56013) in command
  • Assigned to the Home Fleet at New York
  • USS Sabine was as the flagship for the Paraguay Squadron, Flag Officer William B. Shubrick, in command, an expeditionary force that won the United States an indemnity, an apology, and a renewed treaty for firing on USS Water Witch
  • Sabine then operated out of New York with the Home Fleet until July 1861
  • Decommissioned in July 1861, at Portsmouth Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 30 August 1861
  • Assigned to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 9 September 1861
  • Reassigned in August 1864 to Norfolk to serve as a training ship for Navy Apprentices and landsmen
  • Reassigned to New London after the war for the same purpose
  • From 1869 to 1871 USS Sabine conducted midshipmen training cruises to Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Reassigned as Receiving Ship at Portsmouth, N. H. 1872 to 1876
  • Decommissioned and laid up in 1877
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 23 September 1883, at Portsmouth to J. L. Snow of Rockland, ME.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,726 t.
    Length 202' 6"
    Beam 47'
    Draft 21' 6"
    Speed 12 kts
    Complement 400
    Armament forty-four 50-pdr guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Sabine (I) 358k Ships of The Paraguay Squadron under way. Ships are from left to right:
    USS Water Witch next the flag-ship
    USS Sabine; next to
    USS Fulton; behind Fulton is
    USS Western Port (later USS Wyandotte); next is
    USS Harriet Lane; behind Harriet Lane is
    USS Supply; and next the bow of
    USS Memphis.
    Artist unknown. Image from Harper's Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858.
    Robert Hurst
    Wyandotte 140k "The United States Fleet off Fort Pickens, Florida" A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, depicting U.S. Navy ships off Pensacola, Florida, in April 1861. Federal troops were landed at Fort Pickens on 12 April. Ships identified in the title line are (left to right): USS Wyandotte (partially visible); USS Supply (in the distance); USS Sabine; USS Brooklyn and USS Crusader (partially visible).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59121
    Bill Gonyo
    Wyandotte 157k Right half of a line engraving published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting the scene off Pensacola in mid-April 1861. Features identified in text immediately below the image are (left to right): USS Sabine, USS St. Louis, USS Supply, USS Wyandotte (incorrectly depicted as a side-wheel steamer), Pensacola Navy Yard, and the chartered steamship SS Atlantic (USS Sumpter).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73743
    Bill Gonyo
    Wyandotte 112k An 1875 engraving "Rescue of Major Reynolds Battalion of Marines from the Foundering Steamer Governor", hand colored. While being used as a transport off Hatteras, 2 November 1861 the steamer SS Governor, commander Phillips, foundered in the rough sea. Those on board, a battalion of Marines under Major Reynolds, were transferred with great difficulty to USS Sabine. Governor was a side wheel steamer of 650 tons burden. She was built in New York city in 1846, and was originally intended for river navigation. Tommy Trampp
    Sabine 99k USS Sabine at anchor while taking part in a seaborne expedition against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy in December 1864.
    US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division digital ID cwpb.03821.
    Robert Hurst
    218k USS Sabine underway, circa 1869, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91722. Courtesy of the US Army Military History Institute.
    Robert Hurst
    249k USS Sabine at anchor off Boston Navy Yard, 1 July 1869, with diary entries and roster of crew. Richard G. Davenport was aboard for a midshipman cruise from 1 July to 6 September 1869..
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 43827
    Robert Hurst
    208k USS Sabine at anchor off Boston Navy Yard, circa 1 July 1869 with ship's officers pose on deck for a group photo.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 120203
    Robert Hurst
    252k USS Sabine and USS Franklin moored in the harbor at Ville Franche in a sketch by W.R. May, circa 1870, of the two ship's boat crews racing each other.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53942
    Robert Hurst
    Sabine 154k Starboard view of USS Sabine moored to buoys, location unknown, circa 1890 to 1901.
    Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-20929.
    Mike Green
    Sabine 33k USS Sabine at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    160k Sailor J.F.W. Mitchell, in uniform, was 14 years old when he enlisted in the Navy in March 1865, served in USS Sabine
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.53280, From the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs.
    Robert Hurst

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