U.S.S. Colorado (1856)

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U.S.S. Colorado (1856)
Builder: Norfolk Navy Yard[1]
Ordered: 6 April, 1854[2]
Laid down: May 1854[3]
Launched: 19 June, 1856[4]
Commissioned: 4 May, 1857[5]
Decommissioned: 8 June, 1876
Sold: 14 February, 1885[6]
Fate: Broken up
U.S.S. Colorado was a screw frigate commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1858. Her sister Roanoke was converted to a monitor in 1862 but the result was unsatisfactory.

Construction

One of five large frigates with auxiliary steam propulsion ordered on 6 April, 1854.[7] Colorado and her sister Roanoke were built to hull lines similar to those of the earlier Franklin. Another influence on the design was the decision to use frames cut for unordered sisterships of the Congress of 1839. Her engines were designed by Daniel B. Martin and contracted to Tredegar Iron Works of Richmond, Virginia.[8]

Service

Colorado became a receiving ship at New York Navy Yard from 1876 through 1884. Sold 14 February, 1885.[9][10]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Armament

1873

[15]

  • two 11-inch smoothbores
  • two 100-pounder muzzle-loading rifles
  • forty-two 9-inch smoothbores

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  2. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  3. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  4. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  5. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  6. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  7. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  8. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  9. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  10. Silverstone. Civil War. p. 17.
  11. Register of Officers, 1880. p. 9.
  12. Register of Officers, 1882. p. 9.
  13. Register of Officers, 1882. p. 9.
  14. Register of Officers, 1884. p. 12.
  15. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.

Bibliography

  • Bauer, K. Jack and Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. New York: Greenwood Press.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: Civil War Navies, 1855-1883. New York: Routledge.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.


Screw Frigate U.S.S. Colorado