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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)

USS Ossipee, a 1240-ton steam screw sloop built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire, was commissioned in November 1862. She briefly served in the Atlantic before transferring to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in May 1863. Ossipee remained in the Gulf of Mexico area for the rest of the Civil War and took part in the Battle of Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.

Post-war, Ossipee served in the Pacific in 1866-72, then went to the western Atlantic for the next twelve years. In 1884-87, she operated in Asiatic waters. Her last service was along the Atlantic coast and in the West Indies. Ossipee decommissioned in November 1889 and was sold in March 1891.

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Photo #: NH 51182

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


Off Honolulu, Hawaii, with crew manning the yards, 1867.
This photograph has also been captioned as showing USS Lackawanna, but is actually Ossipee in her 1862-72 configuration.

Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation; Collection of W. Beverley Mason, Jr., 1962.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 50KB; 740 x 545 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45369

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


Photographed in her 1873-78 configuration, with her 11-inch pivot gun mounted between the main & mizzen masts.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 29KB; 740 x 375 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45054

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


Photographed in her configuration of 1884-89, with her 8-inch rifled pivot gun mounted forward of the stack.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 52KB; 740 x 415 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45370

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


Photographed in her 1884-89 configuration.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 68KB; 740 x 520 pixels

 


The following photographs were taken on board USS Ossipee:

Photo #: NH 42950

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


"General Muster" on board, circa 1887-88.
The ship's Commanding Officer, Commander William Bainbridge Hoff, is in center, leaning on the grating rack.
Note Marine sentry at the gangway, hammock stowage, and large percentage of black sailors among the crew at left.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 102KB; 740 x 460 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 42949

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


Crew "At Quarters", circa 1887-88.
Note black sailor in right center; gun crews by their weapons at right, Marines with "Trap-door Springfield" rifles, drummers, dog on deck and hammocks stowed in hammock rails over the bulwarks.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 88KB; 740 x 410 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 2860

USS Ossipee (1862-1891)


"Berth Deck, Cook's" in 1887. Photographed by E.H. Hart, 112 E. 24th St., New York.
Note cooking gear, sausages in roasting rack at left, tins of beef (one from New Zealand), bread, man peeling potatoes, black sailor with bowl, coffee cups, and bearded Marine.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 104KB; 740 x 535 pixels

 

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12 November 1998