USS Guerriere (1865)

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Name: USS Guerriere
Builder: Boston Navy Yard
Launched: 9 September 1865
Commissioned: 21 May 1867
Decommissioned: 22 March 1872
Fate: Sold, 12 December 1872
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Length: 319 ft 3 in (97.31 m)
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Draft: 17 ft 11 in (5.46 m)
Propulsion: Sail
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 181 officers and enlisted
  • 2 × 100-pounder guns
  • 1 × 60-pounder gun
  • 4 × 20-pounder guns
  • 6 × 9 in (230 mm) guns

The second USS Guerriere was a frigate in the United States Navy. She was named for the victory of the frigate USS Constitution over HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.

Guerriere was launched on 9 September 1865 in the Boston Navy Yard and commissioned on 21 May 1867, Commander Thomas Corbin, in command. She sailed from New York on 28 June 1867 to serve as flagship of the South Atlantic Squadron protecting American commerce and interests along the coast of South America. She was relieved as flagship by Lancaster on 17 June 1869 and sailed from Rio de Janeiro the 25th for the New York Navy Yard where she decommissioned on 29 July 1869.

Guerriere recommissioned at New York on 10 August 1870. At Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 27 September, she received the body of the late Admiral David Farragut for transport to New York. The following day she went fast aground on Great Point, Nantucket and transferred Admiral Farragut's remains to merchant steamer SS Island Home. She got afloat on 1 October and continued to New York the following day.

Guerriere departed New York on 17 December 1870 for Lisbon, thence past Gibraltar for cruising with the Mediterranean Squadron. On 7 April 1871 she was host to the pasha of Tripoli, who inspected the ship and presented Guerriere's captain with the anchor of the frigate Philadelphia. This anchor had laid on the beach for more than half a century after the destruction of the frigate in Tripoli Harbor by Captain Stephen Decatur in "the most bold and daring act of the age". [1] From Tripoli the sloop cruised to the ports of Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France. On 1 December 1871 she stood out of Villefranche with the remains of Major General Anderson, which were transferred to Army authorities off Fort Monroe, Virginia, 6 February 1872. She remained at Norfolk, Virginia until 10 March, then sailed for the New York Navy Yard where she decommissioned on 22 March 1872. She was laid up in ordinary there until 12 December 1872 when she was sold to D. Buchler of New York.

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  1. This quote has been ascribed to Horatio Nelson, but has been questioned. See, Leiner, Frederick C., "Searching for Nelson’s Quote", USNI News , United States Naval Institute, February 5, 2013, setting forth the evidence for and against that quote.