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USS Delaware (III)

Ship of the Line:
  • Laid down at Norfolk Navy Yard in August 1817
  • Launched 21 October 1820
  • Roofed over and kept at the yard in ordinary until 27 March 1827 when she was ordered repaired and fitted for sea
  • Delaware put to sea 10 February 1828 under the command of CAPT. J. Downs to become the flagship of COMO W. M. Crane in the Mediterranean
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk, 10 February 1830
  • Recommissioned, 15 July 1833
  • Delaware departed, 30 July 1833, for service as the flagship for COMO. D. T. Patterson of the Mediterranean Squadron
  • Returned to Hampton Roads, 16 February 1836
  • Placed in ordinary from 10 March 1836 until recommissioned 7 May 1841 for local operations from Norfolk
  • Delaware sailed 1 November 1841 for duty on the Brazil Station as flagship for COMO. C. Morris
  • Delaware departed the Brazil Station, 19 February 1843, to cruise in the Mediterranean
  • Returned to Hampton Roads, 4 March 1844
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard, 22 March 1844
  • Final Disposition, burned, 20 April 1861, along with other ships and the yard facilities to prevent their falling into Confederate hands
    Displacement 2,633 t.
    Length 196' 3"
    Beam 54' 4"
    Depth 26' 2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement 820
    seventy-four 32-pdr carronades
    Propulsion sail

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    Delaware 50k USS Delaware under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Art Collection, Washington D.C.
    Tommy Trampp
    Delaware 758k The 74-gun ship-of-the-line USS Delaware, Captain Henry E. Ballard in command, "near the Western Islands, August 25, 1833 on her passage to France with his Excellency Edward Livingston, Envoy Extraordinary and minister Plentipotentiary, from the United States to the Court of St. Cloud." Launched in October 1820, the warship was burned, 20 April 1861 at the Norfolk Navy Yard to prevent her capture by the Confederates. A bronze replica of her figurehead is a well-known fixture on the U. S. Naval Academy campus as the bust of Shawnee leader Tecumseh. While mounted on the ship, however, the bust was named Tamanad, the Delaware chief who greeted William Penn on his arrival in Delaware County on 2 October 1682.
    Courtesy U.S. Naval Institute Photo Archive.
    Tommy Trampp
    Delaware 193k USS Delaware entering the first drydock in America at Gosport Navy Yard (Norfolk), 17 June 1833. Tommy Trampp
    129k U.S. Ships-of-the-Line and Frigates Delaware and North Carolina, Brandywine, and Constellation, between 1835-1860. Oil on canvas painting by James Guy Evans (1838-1860). Image from New-York Historical Society. Robert Hurst
    Delaware 307k Model of USS Delaware at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Portsmouth, VA., 29 January 2006.
    Photo by J Clear.
    Robert Hurst
    Delaware 122k USS Delaware 20 Stamp, Marshall Islands, 1997.
    Great Fighting Ships of the 50 States appear on a sheet of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the US Department of the Navy in 1798.
    Tommy Trampp

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