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USS Lexington (II)

  • Built in 1825 at New York Navy Yard
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS Lexington, 11 June 1826, Master Commandant William B. Shubrick in command
  • Assigned to protect American fishing off Labrador and later to retrieve the body of COMO Oliver H. Perry at Trinidad after he died in August 1819 aboard the schooner Nonsuch
  • Assigned to the Mediterranean for the next three years
  • Returned to Norfolk in the fall of 1830
  • Decommissioned, at Norfolk Navy Yard, 16 November 1830
  • Recommissioned, 31 May 1831, Master Commandant Silas M. Duncan in command
  • Assigned to duty with the South Atlantic Squadron until late 1836
  • Reassigned in 1836 to protect American commerce on the Pacific coast
  • In 1849 returned to the east coast for conversion to a storeship
  • Assigned to the Mediterranean in April 1843
  • Lexington returned home in 1845
  • Outbreak of war with Mexico in 1846 found Lexington operating along the west coast of North America
  • During the conflict, Lexington transported troops and assisted in the blockade
  • Landed a party at San Blas, 12 January 1847, and captured several enemy guns
  • After the war Lexington remained on the California coast during the territory’s transition to U.S. control and in the earlier months of the gold rush of 1849
  • Reassigned to the east coast in early 1850
  • Lexington departed New York, 18 June 1853 to join COMO. Matthew C. Perry’s expedition to Japan
  • Lexington remained in the Orient until late 1854
  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1855
  • Sold in 1860
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 691 t.
    Length 127'
    Beam 33' 6"
    Depth unknown
    Draft 16' 6"
    Speed unknown
    Complement 190
    twenty-four 24-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    50k Painting by Raffael Corsini (c.1828-1880) of the USS Lexington. Inscription "U.S. Ship Lexington Benjamin W. Booth Esq. Commander, passing St. Sais. Castle/Gulf of Smyrna 1828".
    Christie's, LotFinder: entry 4286799 (sale 9856, lot 392, London, 26 May 2004
    Robert Hurst

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