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PENSACOLA screw corvette (1861)

nearly sister-ship Hartford 1860

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
  Pensacola   Pensacola N Yd / Washington N Yd   15/8/1859 16/9/1861 TS 11/1898, receiving ship 7/1901
  

Displacement normal, t

3000

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

70.3 pp

Breadth, m

13.6

Draught, m

5.66

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 4-cyl Dickerson HDA, 2 water-tube boilers

Power, h. p.

 

Max speed, kts

8.8

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 279/15 Dahlgren SB, 16 x 1 - 229/15 Dahlgren SB

Complement

~300

Ship project history: Large corvette classified as sloop of Hartford group. Building of Pensacola was unusual process in any case. She was launched 15/8/1859 and commissioned without engines 5/12/1859 and sailed for Washington N Yd for installing machinery. Again Pensacola was commissioned 16/9/1861 but engines were incomplete and tried until 3/1/1862. As result of experimental engines she had worst machinery in US Navy of that time and was one of slowest US naval ships.

Modernizations: 1862: + 6 x 1 - 229/15 Dahlgren SB, 1 x 1 - 163/22 100pdr Parrott rifled

~1865: engines were replaced by 2-cyl HRCR, max speed was 8.5kts

1878: boilers were replaced by 4 new, ship became 2-funneled.

Naval service: Pensacola served as TS since 11/1898 and in July 1901 became a receiving ship. She was stricken 23/12/1911.

Pensacola 1886

Ivan Gogin, 2014