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USS Yorktown (I)

  • Laid down in 1838 at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Launched in 1839
  • Commissioned USS Yorktown, 15 November 1840, CDR. John H. Aulick in command
  • Yorktown departed for the Pacific, 13 December 1840, assigned to protect the American whaling industry
  • Returning, to New York 11 August 1843, for decommissioning
  • Reactivated, 7 August 1844, for service with the Africa Squadron
  • During her patrols with the Africa Squadron USS Yorktown captured slave ships, Pons, Panther and Patuxent
  • Decommissioned, 9 June 1846, at Boston, MA.
  • Recommissioned, 22 November 1848, at Boston for service with Africa Squadron
  • Final Disposition, struck an uncharted reef at Isle de Mayo, Cape Verde Islands, quickly breaking up with no loss of life
    Displacement 566 t.
    Length 117' 8: (lbp)
    Beam 32' 11"
    Depth 15'
    Draft 15' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 150
    sixteen 32-pdr guns
    Propulsion sail

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    United States 76k Watercolor by Gunner William H. Myers, of USS Cyane, showing the Squadron's ships sailing in line abreast, 1842-43. Ships are (from left to right): USS United States, USS Cyane (II), USS Saint Louis (I), USS Yorktown (I) and USS Shark (I) Copied from Journal of a Cruise on the USS Cyane, 1842-1843, by William H. Myers.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 54488
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Yorktown (I)
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