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USS Pennsylvania (I)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Ship-of-the Line:
  • Authorized by Congress, 29 April 1816, as one of "nine ships to rate not less than 74 guns each"
  • Designed and built by Samuel Humphreys in the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Laid down in September 1821
  • Launched until 18 July 1837
  • Commissioned during the final months of 1837
  • Pennsylvania reach Norfolk Navy Yard, 2 January 1838, was decommissioned and drydocked for bottom coppering
  • Pennsylvania remained in ordinary until 1842 when she became a receiving ship for the Norfolk Navy Yard
  • She remained in the Yard until 20 April 1861 when she was burned to the waterline to prevent her falling into Confederate hands.
  • Final Disposition, her wreck was later salvaged and broken up.
    Displacement 3,105 t.
    Length 210'
    Beam 56' 9"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 24' 4"
    Speed 20 kts
    Complement 1,100
    sixteen 8" shell guns
    one hundred four 32-pdrs
    Propulsion sail
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    Pennsylvania 110k Warships of the sailing navy. Chromolithograph by Armstrong & Company, after an 1893 watercolor by Fred S. Cozzens, published in Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements, 1897. Ships depicted are from different eras, and are identified by the artist as (from left to right): U.S. Brig (Schooner) Enterprise (1799-1823), firing a salute; U.S. Ship of the Line Pennsylvania (1837-1861); U.S. Ship of the Line North Carolina (1825-1867), mis-labeled by the artist as South Carolina; and U.S. Brig Hornet (1805-1829). The vessel under sail in the far center distance is not identified. Collection of Captain Glenn Howell, USN, 1974.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 460-KN (Color)
    Robert Hurst
    Pennsylvania 136k Hand colored lithograph print by N. Currier, 2 Spruce St., New York, 1846, depicting the US Ship of the Line Pennsylvania.
    US Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZC2-3122.
    Robert Hurst
    Pennsylvania 124k Lithograph by A. Hoffy, No. 41 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a sketch by C.C. Barton, U.S.N. It was "Designed and lithographed expressly for the Philadelphia. Saturday Chronicle." Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 47216.
    Tommy Trampp
    Pennsylvania 121k Halftone reproduction of a painting depicting USS Pennsylvania underway in a storm, published in "The Navy League Journal", circa the early 1900s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 3018.
    Bill Gonyo
    Pennsylvania 158k Line engraving published in "Gleason's Pictorial", 9 July 1853, showing USS Pennsylvania at anchor off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., where she was the receiving ship. This view represents most of the right half of a longer original engraving entitled "View of the United States Navy Yard at Gosport, opposite Norfolk, Virginia."
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42715.
    Bill Gonyo
    Pennsylvania 130k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 16 March 1861. The ship of the line USS Pennsylvania, receiving ship at the yard, is shown at anchor on the left side of the image. The Navy Yard, and Pennsylvania, were burned just over a month later, on 20 April 1861.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42714, courtesy of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
    Bill Gonyo
    Pennsylvania 155k Line engraving from Harper's Weekly, 1861 of Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.. It depicts (from left to right) the ships:
    USS Pennsylvania,
    USS Columbia,
    USS Raritan and
    USS United States moored off the yard prior to their destruction on 20 April 1861.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 59559
    Robert Hurst
    Cumberland 115k "Destruction of the United States Navy-Yard at Norfolk, Virginia, by Fire, by the United States Troops, on April 20, 1861" A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, providing two scenes of the burning of Norfolk Navy Yard and the destruction of ships located there. Ships shown in the lower scene (as identified below the print), from left to right: USS United States (afire); tug Yankee with USS Cumberland (underway, leaving the area); USS Merrimack (afire in left center distance); USS Pawnee (underway, leaving the area), and USS Pennsylvania (afire).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 59179
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Pennsylvania 120k Photograph taken circa the later 1860s, entitled "Wreck of the U.S. Line of Battle Ship 'Pennsylvania'." It depicts salvage operations on the burned and sunken ship, off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Note the burned ship hull floating in the middle distance, steam salvage engines and boilers, with their associated barge at right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 42722, donation of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Pennsylvania (I)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Kennedy, Edward P.July 1843 - 1843
    02CAPT. Zantzinger, John P.1844 - 1845
    03CDR. Smoot, Joseph1845 - 1846
    04CDR. Stribling, Cornelius Kinchiloe1846 - 1847
    05CDR. Page, Hugh N.1848 - 1849
    06CDR. Barron, Samuel1850 - 1851
    07CDR. Saunders, John L.1851 - 1854
    08CDR. Manning, John1854 - 1856
    09CDR. Tucker, John R.1856 - 1857
    10CDR. Mason, Murray1858 - 1859
    11CDR. Chatard, Frederick1859 - 20 April 1861 (Burned)
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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