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USS Plymouth (I)

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Civil War Medal

  • Built by Boston Navy Yard, date unknown
  • Launched date unknown
  • Commissioned, early 1844, CDR Henry Henry in command
  • The sloop-of-war departed Boston, 3 April 1844, for the Mediterranean
  • Returned to New York, 4 October 1846
  • Plymouth departed New York, 13 February 1848, for the Far East
  • Returning to Norfolk from the East Indies, 29 January 1851
  • Departed Norfolk for duty on the East Indies station, 23 August 1851
  • Joined Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to Japan, entering Tokyo Bay 8 July 1853, departing on the 17 July 1853
  • Plymouth returned to Tokyo Bay in 1854
  • Prior to returning to the United States Plymouth put into Shanghai support a coordinated British-American expedition against hostile forts in the area
  • Plymouth returned to Norfolk 11 January 1855
  • Reassigned as a midshipman training ship in the summers of 1855 and 1856
  • Tested new ordnance under the command of CDR. John A. Dahlgren in 1858
  • Resumed duties as a training ship for midshipmen during the summers of 1859 and 1860
  • Plymouth was at Norfolk for repairs during the secession crises in the winter of 1860-1861
  • Final Disposition, burned and scuttled at Norfolk, 20 April 1861, to prevent her capture by Confederate forces when the Navy Yard fell into their hands
    Displacement 189 t.
    Length 147'
    Beam 38' 1"
    Depth of Hold 17' 2"
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    four 8" shell guns
    eighteen 32-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

    USS Plymouth (I)
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