Launching Of USS <i>Merrimack</i> From The Navy Yard, Charlestown

Creator:
John Andrew

The screw frigate Merrimack was launched at the Boston Navy Yard on June 15, 1855. For two years, Merrimack visited the Caribbean and Western Europe before being transferred to the Pacific. Decommissioned in Norfolk on February 16, 1860, she burned to the waterline by retreating Union forces just over one year later.

Description (physical):

Engraving

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0066
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

USS <i>Merrimack</i> Bell

An authentic watch bell from the frigate USS Merrimack, built in Boston Navy Yard and commissioned in 1856. During her years of service in the United States Navy, the ship traveled to the West Indies and to Europe as well as the Pacific coast of South and Central America. In 1861, retreating Union forces burned and sank Merrimack to prevent her capture by Confederates. The blaze may have damaged the bell, the heat causing the bronze to soften and leaving it vulnerable to a blow or a fall.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0071
Institution:
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
credits:
Courtesy, Adrian and Doris Pearsall
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