USS Narragansett (1859)

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Name: USS Narragansett
Builder: Boston Navy Yard
Launched: 15 February 1859
Commissioned: 6 November 1859
Decommissioned: 1875
Fate: Sold, 3 November 1883
General characteristics
Type: 2nd class Screw sloop
Displacement: 1,235 long tons (1,255 t)
Length: 188 ft (57 m)
Beam: 30 ft 4 in (9.25 m)
Draft: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Speed: 9.5 knots (17.6 km/h; 10.9 mph)
Complement: 50 officers and enlisted
Armament: • 1 × 11 in (280 mm) gun
• 4 × 32-pounder guns

The first USS Narragansett was a 2nd class screw sloop in the United States Navy during the American Civil War. Narragansett was built at the Boston Navy Yard, launched on 15 February 1859, and commissioned on 6 November 1859, Commander T. A. Hunt in command.

Service history

Civil War, 1860–1865

Narragansett operated along the East Coast into the spring of 1860. On 31 March of that year she departed Norfolk, Virginia, for the Pacific, arriving at Valparaíso, Chile, 4 August. Throughout the Civil War she cruised in the Pacific with the primary mission of protecting American mail steamers from Confederate raiders.

On 15 December 1864 she departed the Eastern Pacific for the East Coast, arriving at New York City on 18 March 1865. There she remained in ordinary for several years.

Gulf of Mexico, 1869

Back in full service in 1869, she was ordered south, to cruise off the Cuban and Floridian coasts. With the outbreak of yellow fever in the ship in the late spring, Narragansett was ordered to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she decommissioned 2 July 1869.

Pacific, 1871–1875

Inactive for over two years, she again set sail for the Pacific on 26 March 1871, arriving at San Francisco on 17 September. In December she sailed for the Southwest Pacific and an extended cruise through the Marshalls, Gilberts and Samoan Islands to Australia, arriving at Sydney on 2 April 1873.

On her return from this cruise, the sloop was assigned special duty in connection with the survey and examination of the steamer routes along the coasts of California and Mexico. Detached from that duty in 1875, she entered the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, where she decommissioned and was laid up until 3 November 1883, when she was sold to Win. E. Mighell of San Francisco.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.