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USS Cyane (II)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched, 2 December 1837
  • Commissioned USS Cyane in May 1838 at Boston, CDR. J. Percival in command
  • USS Cyane sailed for duty in the Mediterranean
  • Returning to Norfolk, 16 May 1841, before being reassigned to the Pacific Station
  • Returning to Norfolk, 1 October 1844
  • USS Cyane was again assigned to the Pacific, 10 August 1845 where she served throughout the Mexican War
  • Assigned to the Home Squadron, 10 October 1851, cruising the Atlantic and Caribbean
  • Reassigned to the Pacific in August 1858
  • Decommissioned and placed in ordinary at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 20 September 1871
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold at auction, 30 July 1887
  • Final Disposition, date unknown
    Displacement 792 t.
    Length 132' 4"
    Beam 36' 3"
    Draft 16' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 200
    eighteen 32-pdrs
    four 24-pdrs
    fourteen 8" guns
    Propulsion sail

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    Cyane 26k USS Cyane taking possession of San Diego in July 1846.
    19th century painting by Carlton T. Chapman (1860-1925).
    Robert Hurst
    Cyane 366k Panting by Timothy Mark Churms of USS Cyane off Monterey, CA. in 1846 during the Mexican-American War. Tommy Trampp
    Cyane 217k USS Cyane shelling San Juan Del Norte, Nicaragua for retaliation for actions against American citizens there. 13 July 1854.
    from the French magazine "L'Illustration", 1854.
    Tommy Trampp
    DuPont 96k Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont (September 27, 1803 - June 23, 1865). A member of the prominent Du Pont family; he was the only member of his generation to use a capital D. He served prominently during the Mexican-American War (commanding USS Cyane) and the Civil War, was superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, and made significant contributions to the modernization of the U.S. Navy.
    Portrait of Samuel Francis Du Pont, 1867-68 by Daniel Huntington.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Cyane (II)
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