March 27, 1880 -- Ireland
The sloop of war, Constellation, departed New York with food for famine victims in Ireland. To modify the sloop for the mission, her armament and some ballast were removed. Navy Yard carpenters built bins on the orlop deck to carry a cargo of over 2,500 barrels of potatoes and flour. Reaching Queenstown on April 20, she offloaded the cargo onto lighters and took on ballast for the return trip.
Published: Wed Apr 15 06:06:46 EDT 2020