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USS Franklin (III)

  • Built in 1815 under the supervision of Samuel Humphreys, was the first vessel to be laid down at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Franklin sailed on her first cruise, 14 October 1817, Master Commandant H. E. Ballard in command
  • Franklin sailed from Philadelphia to the Mediterranean, carrying Hon. Richard Rush, US Minister to England, to his post
  • Subsequently she was designated flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron, cruising on that station until March 1820
  • Franklin returned to New York. 24 April 1820
  • Franklin serviced as flagship on the Pacific Station from 11 October 1821 until 29 August 1824
  • Laid up in ordinary until the summer of 1843 when she was ordered to Boston as a receiving ship
  • Franklin continued in this capacity until 1852 at which time she was taken to Portsmouth, N.H., and broken up
    Displacement 2,257 t.
    Length 190' 10"
    Beam 54' 8"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 26' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    seventy-four guns
    Propulsion sail

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    94k Photo of an oil on canvas painting by Thomas Thompson of ship-of-the-line USS Franklin with a view of the Bay of New York, circa 1820s or 1830s.
    The Edward W. C. Arnold Collection of New York Prints, Maps, and Pictures, Bequest of Edward W. C. Arnold, 1954. This file was donated to Wikimedia Commons as part of a project by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    Robert Hurst
    Franklin 44k Panting by unknown artist of the USS Franklin (III). From the US Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. Tommy Trampp

    USS Franklin (III)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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