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Model Of The U.S.S. Shark
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Model Of The U.S.S. <i>Shark</i>
Shark was launched in 1821 at the Washington Navy Yard. With Matthew C. Perry, her first commander, she sailed to Africa to suppress the slave trade and piracy. In 1822 she joined Commodore James Biddles' squadron in the first of many cruises to eliminate piracy and slave trading in the West Indies. On March 25, 1822, Perry took formal possession of what is now Key West, Florida. In between cruises to the West Indies and Africa, she sailed in 1827 to Newfoundland to defend American fishing interests.In 1833, Shark was ordered to the Mediterranean where she remained for five years. In 1839, on her way to join the Pacific Squadron, she became the first U.S. warship to pass through the Straits of Magellan from east to west. She spent much of her time along the coast of Peru protecting American interests. In 1846 Shark was sent to explore the Columbia River. Returning to the mouth of the river, she struck an uncharted shoal and was swept into breakers by a swift tide. Fortunately, the entire crew was saved.Originally, she was equipped with a complement of 70 officers and men, ten 18-pounder carronades, and two 9-pounder guns.
Scale of model: 1/4" to 1'. Original ship dimensions: Length 86'; Beam 25'; Draft 10'; Displacement 198 tons.
Location:805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
credits:Courtesy, Navy Historical Foundation