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USS Ossipee, photographed c1884-89
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(Ossipee, river in New Hampshire and Maine)
Type and Characteristics - Single screw, wooden-hulled sloop, Ossipee-class, built by Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH, laid down June 1861, launched 16 November 1861, commissioned 6 November 1862, 1,240 tons, 207ft long x 38ft beam x 16ft 10in draft, 10kts, armed with 1-100pdr Parrott rifled, 1-11in Dahlgren smoothbore, 3-30pdr Dahlgren rifled, 6-32pdrs, 1 heavy 12pdr smoothbore, and 1-12pdr rifled guns (Conways - 1-6.4in or 100pdr, 3-4.2in or 30pdr Parrott RML and 1-11in/6-32pdr smoothbore guns), 141 crew, first commanded by Lt Cdr Robert Boyd.
Log Period and Areas of Service - 1862-1891, Civil War, North Pacific, coasts of Central America, Alaskan waters, North Atlantic, Asiatic Squadron, West Indies.
Summary of Service
6 November 1862 Tour of duty on the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Capt. John P. Gillis in command.
18 May 1863 Joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron off Mobile, Alabama, and the coast of Texas.
5 August 1864 Joined the Battle of Mobile Bay with Admiral Farragut.
September 1864 Returned to blockade duty off the Texas coast.
April 1865 Moved to blockade duty off New Orleans.
3 July 1865 Decommissioned at Philadelphia.
27 October 1866 Recommissioned, Capt. George F. Emmons in command; tour of duty along the coasts of Mexico and Central America.
27 September 1867 Sailed for Sitka, Alaska, carrying Russian Commissioners for the ceremony transferring that territory to the United States on 18 October 1867; remained on duty in Alaskan waters.
30 November 1872 Decommissioned at New York.
10 October 1873 Tour of duty in the North Atlantic.
25 May 1878 Decommissioned at Boston.
28 January 1884 Sailed via Gibraltar and the Suez Canal for service on the Asiatic station.
15 February 1887 Returned to New York, and served along the Atlantic coast and in the West Indies.
Fate - Decommissioned at Norfolk in November 1889, sold there March 1891.
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