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USS Supply (I)

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Civil War Medal

  • Purchased by the US Navy in 1846, at Boston
  • Delivered at the Boston Navy Yard, 8 December 1846
  • Commissioned, USS Supply at Boston Navy Yard, 19 December 1846, LT. John Calhoun in command
  • USS Supply sailed, 21 January 1847 in support the Home Squadron's operations against Mexico during the Mexican War
  • Supply, LT William F. Lynch in command, departed for the Mediterranean in November 1847, with equipment and stores to be used in an expedition to explore the Dead Sea, arriving the Levant, 4 February 1848, returning to Norfolk, 8 December 1848
  • Decommissioned, at Norfolk, 17 December 1848
  • Recommissioned, 17 February 1849, sailing once more for the Mediterranean, 8 March, carrying the United States consul to Tripoli.
  • Arriving back at Norfolk, via Brazil, Supply was laid up at Norfolk, 4 November 1849
  • Reactivated, 22 November 1849, sailing for California in January 1850
  • Supply returned to New York, in 1852 to prepare for service with the West India Squadron
  • Supply participation in Commodore Perry's opening of Japan in July 1853 entering Tokyo Bay, 8 July 1853, returning to New York in February 1855
  • USS Supply LT. David Dixon Porter in command, departed New York, 4 June 1855, to obtain camels for experimental use by the Army in the territory recently acquired by the US during the War with Mexico
  • Supply reached Smyrna, 30 January 1856, loaded 21 camels, and sailed,15 February for the Gulf of Mexico, delivering the animals to Indianola, TX. in May, she delivered a second cargo of camels to Suwanee, MS in February 1857
  • Supply participated in the punitive expedition against Paraguay, arriving off Asuncion, 25 February 1859, where the affair was settled with an apology and an indemnity
  • The ship was at Pensacola in January 1861 , sailing north on 16 January with the families and possessions of the officers and men who had been stationed there, returning to Pensacola, 7 April with army troops and marines to re-enforce Ft. Pickens
  • During the Civil War USS Supply supported the Atlantic and Gulf Blockading Squadrons
  • Took schooner Stephen Hart, 29 January 1862
  • Following the war Supply served in the Brazil Squadron in 1866, and in the Far East in 1867 and 1868
  • Laid up from 27 June 1868 to 5 November 1869
  • Reactivated sailing for Europe 6 November 1869
  • Decommissioned at New York, 7 July 1870
  • Recommissioned, 21 February 1871, sailing for France with supplies for French citizens left destitute by the Franco-Prussian War
  • In 1872 Supply carried a relief crew to USS Lancaster flagship of the South Atlantic Squadron
  • In 1873 she transported American exhibits to Austria for the Vienna Exposition
  • Laid up in Ordinary at New York from 1873 to 1875
  • Returned to Europe in 1875 to retrieve the exhibits
  • Sailed as a training ship in 1876 and 1877 with boys from New York
  • in 1878 she transported American exhibits for the Paris Exposition and brought them back in March 1879
  • Decommissioned, at New York, 23 April, 1879, towed to Philadelphia for lay up
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold, 3 May 1884
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 547 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hold unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Complement 40
    Armament four 24-pdrs
    Propulsion sail

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    Saratoga 294k US Navy ships of the Japanese Squadron, established to promote free trade with Japan in 1852. From left to right:
    USS Susquehanna,
    USS Saratoga,
    USS St. Mary's,
    USS Supply,
    USS Plymouth,
    USS Perry,
    USS Mississippi and
    USS Princeton.
    From ~ The Archive of the Old Print Man ~ "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion", Boston, 1852.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sabine (I) 358k Ships of The Paraguay Squadron under way. Ships are from left to right:
    USS Water Witch next the flag-ship
    USS Sabine; next to
    USS Fulton; behind Fulton is
    USS Western Port (later USS Wyandotte); next is
    USS Harriet Lane; behind Harriet Lane is
    USS Supply; and next the bow of
    USS Memphis.
    Artist unknown. Image from Harper's Weekly, New York, 16 October 1858.
    Robert Hurst
    Glide 109k Oil on canvas painting by W.R. May of the ship-rigged sailing ship USS Supply at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Naval War College Robert Hurst
    Wyandotte 140k "The United States Fleet off Fort Pickens, Florida" A line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1861, depicting U.S. Navy ships off Pensacola, Florida, in April 1861. Federal troops were landed at Fort Pickens on 12 April. Ships identified in the title line are (left to right): USS Wyandotte (partially visible); USS Supply (in the distance); USS Sabine; USS Brooklyn and USS Crusader (partially visible).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 59121
    Bill Gonyo
    Wyandotte 157k Right half of a line engraving published in "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper", 1861, depicting the scene off Pensacola in mid-April 1861. Features identified in text immediately below the image are (left to right): USS Sabine, USS St. Louis, USS Supply, USS Wyandotte (incorrectly depicted as a side-wheel steamer), Pensacola Navy Yard, and the chartered steamship SS Atlantic.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73743
    Bill Gonyo
    Glide 182k Paymaster Charles H. Eldridge entered the service as Assistant Paymaster, 10 July 1861 and was assigned to USS Supply from 1861 to 1862. He was promoted to Paymaster, 6 February 1862. and was re-assigned to USS Canandaigua from 1862 to 1864.
    Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
    Bill Gonyo
    Glide 168k USS Supply probably at New York Navy Yard after the Civil War, with the receiving ship USS Vermont on the left and the smokestacks of a Wampanoag class steam cruiser behind Supply's mizzen mast.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # NR&L(O) 21480
    Mike Green

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