U.S.S. Susquehanna

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Some images from the Naval Historical Society. Click on the images for larger versions.

USS Susquehanna (1850-1883) (left) and USS Congress (1842-1862)

Oil painting, probably by DeSimone, depicting the ships at Naples in 1857.

Courtesy of Mr. K. Scofield, July 1939.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 55327
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Susquehanna and Congress
USS Congress (1842-1862) (right) and USS Susquehanna (1850-1883) (left distance)

Oil painting by DeSimone, depicting the ships at Naples, about 1857.

Collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 1430
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Congress and Susquehanna
USS Congress (1842-1862) (right) and USS Susquehanna (1850-1883) (left distance)

Oil painting by DeSimone, depicting the ships at Naples in 1857.

Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 1310-KN (Color)
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Congress and Susquehanna
Bombardment of Sewell's Point, Virginia, 8 May 1862

Print published in Fiveash, "Virginia-Monitor Engagement", Norfolk, Virginia, 1907. It depicts USS Monitor (at left) accompanied by the Federal warships Naugatuck, Dacotah, Seminole and Susquehanna
(listed in no particular order, and depicted rather inaccurately), firing on the Confederate batteries at Sewell's point, near Norfolk.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 58756
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Bombardment of Sewell's Point
Bombardment of Sewell's Point, Virginia, 8 May 1862

Print published in Fiveash, "Virginia-Monitor Engagement", Norfolk, Virginia, 1907. It depicts CSS Virginia (at left) making her appearance near Craney Island as USS Monitor (left center) and other Federal warships withdraw after bombarding Sewell's Point, near Norfolk. The other U.S. Navy ships presented included Naugatuck, Dacotah, Seminole and Susquehanna.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59213
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Bombardment of Sewell's Point
Bombardment and Capture of Port Royal, South Carolina, 7 November 1861

Engraving by W. Ridgway after a drawing by C. Parsons, published by Virtue & Co., New York.
It depicts Federal warships, under Flag Officer Samuel F. DuPont, USN, bombarding Fort Beauregard (at left) and Fort Walker (at right). Troop transports are standing by in the distance. U.S. Navy ships present and identified include (from left): Mohican, Susquehanna, Augusta, Wabash (Flagship), Unadilla, Pawnee, Bienville, Ottawa, Curlew and Seneca.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 1099
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Bombardment and Capture of Port Royal
Bombardment and Capture of Port Royal, South Carolina, 7 November 1861

Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", July-December 1861 volume, pages 760-761.
It depicts Federal warships, under Flag Officer Samuel F. DuPont, USN, bombarding Fort Beauregard (at right) and Fort Walker (at left). The Confederate squadron commanded by Commodore Josiah Tattnall is in the left center distance. Subjects identified below the image bottom are (from left): tug Mercury, Fort Walker, USS Wabash (DuPont's flagship), Screamer (?), USS Susquehanna, CSS Huntsville, Commo. Tattnall, USS Bienville, USS Pembina, USS Seneca, USS Ottawa, USS Unadilla, USS Pawnee, USS Mohican, USS Isaac Smith, USS Curlew, USS Vandalia, USS Penguin, USS Pocahontas, USS Seminole, Fort Beauregard, USS R.B. Forbes and "Rebel Camp".

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 59256
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Bombardment and Capture of Port Royal
USS Idaho (1866-1874)

Laid up at the New York Navy Yard, probably in the Summer-Fall of 1866, after her unsuccessful trials. Two "Double-Ender" side-wheel gunboats and USS Vermont (1862-1902), are to the right of Idaho. USS Susquehanna (1850-1883) is at the extreme left. This image is cropped from photo # NH 85970.

Courtesy of Martin Holbrook, 1977.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 85971
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USS Idaho
New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York

View along the waterfront, probably in the Summer-Fall of 1866. Ships present are (left to right): USS Wampanoag (1867-1885), fitting out; A screw gunboat of the Kansas or Cayuga class; USS Madawaska (1867-1886), preparing for trials; USS Susquehanna (1850-1883); USS Idaho (1866-1874), laid up after her unsuccessful trials (across the channel from Wampanoag); Two "Double-Ender" side-wheel gunboats; and USS Vermont (1862-1902), in the extreme right background.

Courtesy of Martin Holbrook, 1977.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 85970
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New York Navy Yard
"Bombardment of Forts Hatteras & Clark, by the U.S. Fleet"
"Under the command of Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham, on the 28th and 29th of August 1861"

Colored lithograph by J.P. Newell after a drawing by Francis Garland, Seaman on USS Cumberland, published by J.H. Buford, Boston, Massachusetts, 1862.
Features identified below the image are (from left to right): USS Susquehanna; transport Fanny; Fort Hatteras; USS Harriet Lane; Fort Clark; USS Cumberland; steamer Adelaide; USS Minnesota; steamer
George Peabody; USS Wabash; USS Pawnee; and USS Monticello.

Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 66576-KN (Color)
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Bombardment of Forts Hatteras & Clark
"Bombardment of Fort Fisher"
"Jan. 15th 1865"

Lithograph after a drawing by T.F. Laycock, published by Endicott & Co., New York, 1865, depicting the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron bombarding Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in preparation for its capture. The print is dedicated to Commodore S.W. Godon, USN. Ships present, as named on the original print, are (from left to right in the main battle line): USS Tacony; USS Maumee; USS Ticonderoga; USS Shenandoah; USS Tuscarora; USS Juniata; USS Wabash; USS Susquehanna; USS Colorado; USS Minnesota; USS Brooklyn; USS New Ironsides and USS Mohican. Ships in the foreground are (left to right, from the center of the view): USS Powhatan; USS Mackinaw; USS Vanderbilt and USS Malvern (Flagship of Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter). Monitors in the right middle distance are: USS Monadnock (with two turrets); USS Mahopac; USS Saugus and USS Canonicus

Collections of the Library of Congress. Photo #: LC-USZ62-144
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A drawing of the figurehead and cutwater carving of the USS Susquehanna (from the National Archives)

These images were provided by Baxley Stamps, which buys and sells material related to Perry's Japan trip. Please visit that site for information regarding purchasing the original publications.

Napha From the Sea #309 Napha From the Sea
USS Susquehanna USS Susquehanna in open sea
USS Susquehanna Susquehanna in Port
Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room, May 15, 1852
Commodore Perry's "United States Japanese Squadron"
Perry's Fleet 1852
Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room, February 12, 1853
Commodore Perry's "United States Japanese Squadron"

Dictionary of American Fighting Ships info:

Side-wheel steamer; First-class sloop made of wood.
Rate, rig, etc: First; bark.
Tonnage: 2,450
Length 257 feet; beam 45 feet; depth 26 feet
Draft: Loaded, 20' 6"; light, 18'
Speed: Maximum, 12.5 knots; average 8 knots
Engines: Inclined
Battery: June 8, 1863: 2 150-pdr. Parrot rifles, 12 IX-inch Dahlgren smooth bore, 1 12-pdr rifle; August 4, 1864: add 1 12-pdr rifle; Jaunary 13, 1865: 2 100-pdr Parrott rifles, 12 IX-inch Dahlgren smoothh bore; March 31, 1865: Similar to August 4, 1864; December 31, 1865: 2 XI-inch Dahlgren smooth bore, 12 IX-inch Dahlgre smooth bore, 1 30-pdr Parrot rifle, 2 12-pdr rifles.
Disposition: Sold September 27, 1883, to E. Stannard, Westbrook, Conn., for $13,143.
Remarks: Commissioned, August 17, 1860, at New York Navy Yard; recommissioned, July 20, 1864. Total cost of building, including repairs to end of fiscal year 1853, was $749,379.66.

The hull was built by the government at Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA, where she was launched in 1850. Her machinery was built by Vulcan Works, Baltimore, MD. She cost $697,212.

The Susquehanna was launched April 5, 1850. She served in the Mediterranean Squadron from 1856-1858 and 1860-1861 and then was part of the Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1861. She participated in the capture of Hatteras Inlet August 28-29, the bombardment and occupation of Port Royal, SC on November 7, 1861. She served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron from 1862 to 1863. She was part of the fleet that attacked Sewell's Point on May 8, 1862. After being out of commission from May 1863 to July 1864, she again joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron untill the end of the war. She was part of a failed attack on Fort Fisher, NC, December 24-25, 1864. She also participated in the attack on Fort Fisher January 13-15, 1865. She was decommissioned January 14, 1868.

See this thesis on Commodore John Henry Aulick, in command of the USS Susquehanna in 1852.


Joint Resolution #10, Thirty-fifth Congress of the United States, May 11, 1858:

A resolution authorizing suitable Acknowledgments to be made by the President, to the British Naval Authorities at Jamaica, for the Relief extended to the Officers and Crew of the United States Ship "Susquehannah," disabled by Yellow Fever.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President be, and he is hereby, authorized and requested to cause suitable acknowledgments to be made on the part of this Government to Admiral Sir Howston Stewart of her Britannic Majesty's Navy, and the officers under his command for their prompt and efficient aid, and generous hospitality, extended to the disabled officers and crew of the United States ship "Susquehannah," on her late arrival at Fort Royal, in the Island of Jamaica, with the yellow fever on board; on which occasion, besides placing the naval hospital, with an adequate corps of medical officers, nurses and attendants, at their service, eighty-five of the sick officers and crew of the "Susquehannah" were safely and promptly conveyed on shore with the aid of the boats of the British squadron, and the lives of the greater portion of them thereby probably saved. And that the President be fuurther requested to cause a gold medal, with appropriate devices, to be presesnted, on behalf of this Government, to Assistant-Surgeon Frederick A. Rose, of the British navy, who folunteered, with the permission of his commanding officer, to join the "Susquehannah," and, at imminent personal risk, devoted himself, on the voyage from Jamaica to New York, to the care of the sick remaining on board. And that the President cause suitable testimonials to be in like manner presented to the medical officers, in the British service, in attendance at the hospital, with appropriate rewards to the nurses and other attendants there, whilst occuupied by the officers and crew of the "Susquehannah."

Approved May 11, 1858.

These images may be of a duplicate of the medal.

Crew

Unfortunately, I have not yet collected the names of the crew. Any help would be appreciated.

Franklin Buchanan was at one time the captain of the Susquehanna. See this article that mentions an incident in China in 1854.


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