Model of Sloop of War USSJamestown

The USS Jamestown was built in 1844/45 at Gosport Navy Yard, Virginia. It measured 157 feet 6 inches in length, 35 feet in width, and 16 feet 2 inches in depth of hold. One of the last sloops built for the old sailing navy, it was the largest of a class of 7 and carried four 8-inch Paxihan Shell guns and eighteen 32-pounders. Its first cruise was to the coast of Africa, where it served as flagship for Commodore Charles Skinner in the suppression of the slave trade. In 1847 she and Macedonian delivered food to Ireland to help ease the hunger caused by the potato blight. During the Civil War, Jamestown was assigned to the Atlantic Blockading Squadron. It captured several ships during her service there. It cruised various other places including South America, Hawaii, Alaska, and France. It was transferred to the Treasury Department, and used as a quarantine ship, it was destroyed by a fire in Norfolk Navy Yard in 1913.
The rigged model is plank-on-frame and open below the water line. It has open and exposed deck and hull framing as well as planked sides, with contrasting light and dark planks on raised niches at bow and stern. there is a carved eagle at the stern.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 41 in x 63 in x 18 in; 104.14 cm x 160.02 cm x 45.72 cm
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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