By: Raymond Langdon
US Navy 225’ steam sloop-of-war, launched in 1858 at Boston Navy Yard. Flagship to David Farragut of the Union West Gulf Blockading Squadron, she led the fleet in the decisive 1862 capture of New Orleans. Solid hull construction, planked-over and fully painted above the waterline, bottom sheathed in individual copper plates. Laid and nibbed decks. All deck furniture; five ship’s boats; 26-gun armament and fittings of wood or brass. Ship rigged per naval practice of the era.