USS New Orleans (1815)

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The incomplete USS New Orleans in 1883, the year she was sold for scrapping, still on the building ways at Sackets Harbor, New York, 68 years after her construction was suspended at the end of the War of 1812.
Name: New Orleans
Namesake: Battle of New Orleans

Adam and Noah Brown and

Henry Eckford[1]
Laid down: 15 December 1814[2]
Launched: Never
Completed: Never
Commissioned: Never
Fate: Sold incomplete on stocks 24 September 1883
General characteristics
Type: ship-of-the-line
Displacement: 2,805 tons
Length: 204 ft 0 in (62.18 m) (keel)[3]
Beam: 56 ft 0 in (17.07 m)
Armament: 63 x long 32–pounder guns
24 × 32-pounder guns

New Orleans was a ship-of-the line intended for the U.S. Navy that was never finished.

New Orleans was laid down on 15 December 1814[2] by Henry Eckford[1] and Adam and Noah Brown at Sackets Harbor, New York. She was intended for U.S. Navy use on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812 and was the largest of the ships Eckford[1] built at Sackets Harbor. If completed, she would have been the first U.S. Navy ship named New Orleans, but her construction halted in March 1815 after the conclusion of peace with the United Kingdom. She remained on the stocks, housed over, until sold on 24 September 1883 to H. Wilkinson, Jr., of Syracuse, New York.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chappelle, p. 273 and 339, claims that there is no evidence that Henry Eckford was involved in designing or building New Orleans, and attributes the idea that he was to tradition.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Per Chappelle, p. 273; DANFS claims she was laid down in January 1815
  3. Chappelle, p. 302 and 547, claims her length was 212 feet (62.2 m)


  • This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
  • Chapelle, Howard I. The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1949. ISBN 1568522223.
  • Jampoler, Andrew C. A. "Who Was Henry Eckford?" Naval History, December 2007, Pages 38-45.