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(Ship: tonnage 350; length 112-; beam 26-3-; depth of hold 13-1-; draft 18-; complement 19; armament 1 32-pounder)

Roman, a whaler built at New Bedford, Mass., in 1835, was purchased by the Navy there between 18 and 22 May 1861. The ship was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and served as a coal and ordnance storeship at Hampton Roads and Norfolk during the Civil War. She was sold at public auction at New York on 30 November 1865 and resumed whaling operations. She was crushed by ice near the Bering Strait on 7 September 1871.

20 October 2005