USS Plymouth (1867)

USS Plymouth (1867)

USS "Plymouth", a wooden-hulled screw sloop-of-war, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Plymouth, Massachusetts.

"Plymouths keel was laid down as "Kenosha""' at the New York Navy Yard in 1867; completed in 1868; and commissioned on 20 January 1869 with Captain William H. McComb in command. Fact|date=February 2007

"Kenosha" got underway eastward across the Atlantic 25 February 1869. While on the European Station she was renamed "Plymouth", 15 May 1869. Word of the change reached her at Ville Franche, on 26 June. She then cruised off the Levant and North Africa under her new name, returning to Marseilles on 19 November. From southern France, she continued on to Portsmouth, England, whence she escorted the British steamer "Monarch", carrying the remains of George Peabody, American merchant, financier and philanthropist, to the United States for burial. Arriving at Portland, Maine, on 25 January 1870, she remained there on ceremonial duty until sailing for Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for refit at the navy yard.

"Plymouth" departed New York 12 July and steamed to the Mediterranean Sea where Rear Admiral Boggs selected her as flagship of the European Station, 21 September. She sailed for the coast of Africa on 17 February 1872, thence headed home via the West Indies and remained on the Atlantic coast until returning to European waters 1 November 1872. This deployment lasted until the screw sloop sailed for home 6 June 1873. She arrived at New York City on 18 June, thence proceeded to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she decommissioned on 28 June.

Recommissioned 10 October 1874, the sloop operated along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean Sea until decommissioning again 17 May 1879. She remained in ordinary at Portsmouth until scrapped in 1884. Fact|date=February 2007


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