U.S.S. New Hampshire (1864)

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U.S.S. New Hampshire (1864)
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard[1]
Ordered: 28 April, 1816[2]
Laid down: 1 Jun, 1819[3]
Launched: 23 Jan, 1864[4]
Commissioned: 11 May, 1864[5]
Decommissioned: 5 Jun, 1892[6]
Sold: 19 Aug, 1921[7]
Fate: Lost 26 July, 1922[8]
U.S.S. New Hampshire was one of two Delaware Class ships of the line completed for the U.S. Navy and used as a receiving ship.

Construction

New Hampshire may have set a record for long building time and if not, she certainly came close. Originally named Alabama, she along with five sisters she was authorized on 29 April, 1816 and was laid down three years later on 1 June, 1819 at Portsmouth Navy Yard. Construction was halted at some point after this and she remained on the stocks until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. In the intervening decades naval technology had passed her by, and she was converted to a storeship. Renamed New Hampshire on 23 October, 1863, she was finally launched on 23 January, 1864 and was complete by the spring of that year.[9]

Service

Receiving ship at Norfolk Navy Yard from 1866 through 1872, then variously at Norfolk, Port Royal, and Newport until 1891. Transferred to New London in 1891. Decommissioned on 5 June, 1892 and transferred to the New York Naval Militia the next year. Caught fire and sank at her berth on the Hudson River on 23 May, 1921, the remains of the Granite State were intact enough to be salvaged and then sold on 19 August, 1921. In tow to the Bay of Fundy in Canada during July 1922 she caught fire again and sank in Massachusetts Bay.[10][11]

Captains

Dates of appointment are provided when known.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  2. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  3. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  4. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  5. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  6. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  7. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  8. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  9. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. pp. 2-3.
  10. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  11. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 3.
  12. Register of Officers, 1890. p. 8.

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.


Delaware Class Receiving Ship
  Vermont New Hampshire