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USS St. Louis (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

  • Laid down, 12 February 1827, at the Washington Navy Yard
  • Launched, 18 August 1828
  • Commissioned USS St. Louis, 20 December 1828, Master Commandant John D. Sloat in command
  • Initially assigned to the Pacific Squadron
  • Laid up in ordinary at New York, 25 December 1831
  • Recommissioned, 19 September 1832, assigned to the West Indies Squadron
  • Placed in ordinary, 1 July 1838
  • Recommissioned, 5 April 1839, assigned to the Pacific Squadron
  • Laid up in ordinary, 16 September 1842,at Norfolk, VA.
  • St. Louis was recommissioned, 27 February 1843, joining the East Indies Squadron as flagship
  • Returning to Norfolk in September 1845 for lengthening of her hull
  • Departing from Norfolk, 11 August 1848, to serve on the South American Station
  • St. Louis departed Norfolk, 24 August 1852, to cruise the Mediterranean
  • ST. Louis returned to New York, 8 May 1855
  • Dispatched in November 1855 to west coast of Africa to help suppress the slave trade
  • Returning to New York, 9 February 1858
  • St Louis sailed in September 1858 to join the Home Squadron based at Pensacola, FL.
  • Rearmed in 1861 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with twelve 32-pdrs, two 20-pdr Parrott rifles, and one 12-pdr smoothbore
  • Assigned to the South Atlantic to search for Confederate commerce raiders
  • St. Louis was reassigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 26 November 1864
  • Decommissioned, 12 May 1865, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Declared unserviceable in 1866, she became the League Island Receiving ship until 1894
  • Loaned in 1894 to the Pennsylvania State Naval Militia as a training vessel
  • Name changed to Keystone State, 30 November 1904
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 August 1906
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 June1907, to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia
    Displacement 700 t.
    Length 127'
    Beam 33' 9"
    Depth 15' 6"
    Draft 16'
    Speed unknown
    Complement 125
    twenty 24-pdrs smooth bore
    Propulsion sail

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    St. Louis 76k Watercolor of the sloop USS St. Louis by Gunner Moses Lane. Painted between 1852 and 1855 during a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.
    From The Hissem-Montague Family web site.
    Robert Hurst
    St. Louis
    285k Sloop-of-war USS St Louis in the Harbor of Smyrna 2 July 1853, CDR. Duncan N. Ingraham demanding the release of Martin Kosta from the Austrian Brig of war Hussar. From a colored lithograph printed by Endicott and Co.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 108509
    John Spivey
    St. Louis
    225k Sloop-of-war USS St Louis and Austrian brig Huzzar in Smyrna, 11 July 1853. From a colored lithograph printed by Endicott and Co.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 108511
    Robert Hurst
    St. Louis 105k Union Naval Gunner George P. Cushman of the sloop USS St. Louis (I). Cushman enlisted in the Navy on 18 December1861 and retired on 22 July 1891.
    Image courtesy of the War of the Rebellion (Public Domain)
    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
    St. Louis 34k Housed over USS St. Louis serving as a receiving ship at Philadelphia, 1874. Although she has been housed over to provide accommodations, she still retains her masts and the stump of her bowsprit.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Robert Hurst

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