U.S.S. Franklin (1864)

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U.S.S. Franklin (1864)
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard[1]
Ordered: 1 April, 1853[2]
Laid down: May 1854[3]
Launched: 17 September, 1864[4]
Commissioned: 3 June, 1867[5]
Decommissioned: 14 October, 1915[6]
Stricken: 26 October, 1915[7]
Sold: 29 May, 1916[8]
Fate: Broken up
U.S.S. Franklin was a screw frigate completed for the United States Navy in 1867 and later became a receiving ship.

Construction

Franklin began life as a replacement for an old ship of the line of the same name, and remained officially known as a "repair" and conversion of that ship, despite being entirely new. In August 1853 a technical committee recommending building a new frigate instead of simply razeeing the old Franklin and including engines to provide "auxiliary steam power".[9] Her armament was from the beginning meant to be entirely shell-firing pieces. The new frigate was ordered on 1 September, 1853.[10]

Franklin was laid down at Portsmouth Navy Yard during May 1854, Construction proceeded in fits and starts over the next decade owing to her status as a "repair"—funding for her construction came from repair appropriations. Her machinery her was not contracted for until 16 November, 1863, when the contract was awarded to the Atlantic Iron Works of Boston, Massachusetts.[11]

Service

Served as a training and receiving ship from 1877.[12]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

Armament

[34]

1874

  • one 11-inch smoothbore
  • four 100-pounder muzzle-loading rifles
  • thirty-eight 9-inch smoothbores

1887

  • twenty-two 9-inch smoothbores
  • two 20-pounder breech-loading rifles

1889

  • four 9-inch smoothbores
  • two 20-pounder breech-loading rifles

1894

  • four 9-inch smoothbores

1900

  • two 3-pounders

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  2. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  3. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  4. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  5. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  6. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 1.
  7. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 1.
  8. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  9. Quoted in Bauer and Roberts. Register. p. 54.
  10. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.
  11. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. pp. 54-55.
  12. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 55.
  13. Register of Officers, 1882. p. 9.
  14. Register of Officers, 1887. p. 6.
  15. Register of Officers, 1890. p. 6.
  16. Register of Officers, 1892. p. 6.
  17. Register of Officers, 1895. p. 6.
  18. Register of Officers, 1897. p. 6.
  19. Register of Officers, 1899. p. 6.
  20. List and Station, July 1900. p. 5.
  21. Register of Officers, 1903. p. 8.
  22. Register of Officers, 1904. p. 8.
  23. Register of Officers, 1906. p. 12.
  24. Register of Officers, 1906. p. 12.
  25. Register of Officers, 1907. p. 10.
  26. Register of Officers, 1908. p. 10.
  27. Register of Officers, 1909. p. 8.
  28. Register of Officers, 1911. p. 8.
  29. Register of Officers, 1911. p. 8.
  30. Register of Officers, 1912. p. 10.
  31. Register of Officers, 1912. p. 10.
  32. Register of Officers, 1914. p. 14.
  33. Register of Officers, 1916. p. 12.
  34. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 54.

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. Franklin