Ship Name

Mississippi, USS

Type

paddlewheel frigate

Origins/Provenance

United States

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1841

Home Waters

Philadelphia Navy Yard

Function

Military

Displacement (tons)

3220

Length (feet)

229

Beam (feet)

40

Draft (feet)

22

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Propulsion Specifications

side-lever engines

Hull

wood

Armament

2X10, 8x8"

Crew

257

Top Speed (knots)

11

Historical Note

US Navy commissioned this first paddlewheel frigate for its fleet; with Perry in Japan in 1851; participated in Farragut's 1863 assault on New Orleans; sister ship of USS Missouri

Related Images

boat5_mississippi_1847.jpg
Date: 1847

mississippi.jpg
First oceangoing steamer commissioned by US Navy

Related Events

1842 - US Navy commissions two paddlewheel frigates,

Related Source

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997)