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USS Princeton (II)
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Laid down as a clipper-built ship in June, 1851 at Boston Navy Yard
Launched in October 1851
Commissioned USS Princeton, 18 May 1852 at Boston, CDR. Sidney Smith Lee in command
Upon completion of the hull at Boston, Princeton proceeded, 19 May 1852, to Baltimore where her machinery was installed at Vulcan Iron Works
At Norfolk Princeton was fitted out for duty with Commodore Perry's Squadron in the Far East
Sailing from Baltimore, 18 November 1852 she rendezvoused with USS Mississippi off Annapolis
Delayed at Norfolk because of boiler trouble she remained at Norfolk while Mississippi continued on without her
Decommissioned 1 January 1853 at Norfolk.
From July to September 1853 Princeton served as flagship of the Eastern Squadron under the command of Commodore Shubrick
Princeton returned to New York upon completion of this assignment and remained there until 31 October 1854 and then got underway for duty in the Gulf of
Mexico and the West Indies
She returned to Norfolk, 10 June 1855, and was placed in ordinary
In 1857 Princeton was taken to Philadelphia where she was stationed as a receiving ship until, 9 October 1866, and then sold
Displacement 1370 t.
Length 177' 6"
Beam 32' 8"
Depth of Hold unknown
Draft 28' 9"
Speed 8 kts.
four 8" guns
fifty-eight hundred weight shell guns
six 32-pdr carronades
two Ericsson semi-cylinder design engines
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||Pen and ink drawing of USS Princeton by F. Muller, circa 1900.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 60694.
||USS Princeton spar plan, copied from Charles B. Stuart's 1853 book "Naval & Mail Steamers of the United States".
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 74700.
||US Navy ships of the Japanese Squadron, established to promote free trade with Japan in 1852. From left to right:
USS St. Mary's,
USS Mississippi and
From ~ The Archive of the Old Print Man ~ "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion", Boston, 1852.
||USS Princeton bell on exhibit at the Jamestown Exposition, Hampton Roads, Virginia, 1907
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 12082-A.
USS Princeton (II)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 13 September 2019
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