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USS John P. Kennedy
General description, specifications and time line
Unknown wooden sailing ship, detail from
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(John P. Kennedy, 1795-1870, Secretary of the Navy, 1852)
Type and Characteristics - Wooden sailing ship, 350 tons, ex-Sea Nymph purchased at New York by US Navy in 1853 as supply ship, armed with 1-24pdr and 2-12pdr howitzers, 45 crew.
Log Period and Areas of Service - 1853-54, Surveying Expedition to the North Pacific Ocean.
Summary of Service, c1853-54
21 June 1853 - Departed New York.
10 September 1853 - Arrived Cape of Good Hope.
9 November 1853 - Departed Cape of Good Hope with the expedition.
26 December 1853 - Arrived Batavia, Java. Carried out surveys in Indonesian waters.
4 April 1854 - Put in to Singapore.
25 May 1854 - Arrived Hong Kong for repairs.
August 1854 - Found to be in too poor a condition to repair. Transferred to East Indies Squadron as the American Factory guardship in Canton.
20 August 1854 - Departed Hong Kong.
22 August 1854 - Arrived on station.
Fate: Decommissioned at Hong Kong 31 October 1855, sold in November.
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