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1st USS Kearsage's Deadlight Relic 1864 Battle Repairs

 This Great Old Relic Has Been Sold.
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VERY RARE DEADLIGHT RELIC FROM 1st USS KEARSARGE'S
AFTER 1864 BATTLE REPAIRS


Deadlight from the USS Kearsarge image

 REMOVED SHORTLY AFTER HER VICTORY OVER THE
CONFEDERATE STATES SHIP (CSS) ALABAMA

FROM A COLLECTION OF RELICS FROM THE FIRST USS KEARSARGE'S VETERANS ASSOCIATION

 

DIMENSIONS: 11" Dia. x 1 1/4" T                                       WEIGHT 2 lbs. 13 oz.

The battle on June 14, 1864, between the Sloop of War, USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama off the coast of Cherbourg, France with Kearsarge becoming victorious after an hour long battle is well known. After transiting back to the United States by way of the West Indies, Kearsarge arrived in Boston in November, 1864 and was decommissioned on the 26th to undergo repairs. This thick, heavy deadlight was removed from the ship at that time. An old hand written card under the glass reads, "This glass is 1 1/2 inches thick and weighs 15 ounces".

This great old Navy relic is from an archive of items held in custody by the KEARSARGE ASSOCIATION OF NAVAL VETERANS (A.N.V.) until recently.

The deadlight has been mounted on an eleven inch wide overall blond oak plaque with a circular two inch wide bezel that is painted dark brown. Hand painted in yellow on the bezel are these inscriptions above and below the deadlight are:

Portion of a "Dead-Light" from
USS Kearsarge, Nov. 1864

 

Top dedication on deadlight plaque image

 

 A metal plate engraved KEARSARGE ASSOCIATION beneath deadlight

 

Bottom deadlight dedication plaque image

 Presented to Kearsarge Association of Naval Veterans
By Capt. Jass Coullahan, Post 26, G.A.R.
January 24, 1889
.

 

Close-up
Close-up of the deadlight fragment and the written card beneath

CONDITION: There is some aging of the wood and darkening of the finish and colors of the paint. The 3" x 3 1/2" deadlight is a shattered remnant and stands proud from the mount by 7/8 inch. The blond oak center contrasts nicely with the brown bezel and yellow paint. The back of th display has a worn and dirty dust cardboard cover. There are five small eye-bolts along the bottom rim. An old wire is strung between two eye-bolts on the back for hanging.

This unique and rare US Navy relic will make a great gift to someone interested in Naval  History

KEARSARGE HISTORY: USS KEARSARGE, a 1550-ton Mohican class steam sloop of war, was built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, under the 1861 Civil War emergency shipbuilding program. She was commissioned in January 1862 and almost immediately deployed to European waters, where she spent nearly three years searching for Confederate raiders. In June 1864, while under the command of Captain John Winslow, Kearsarge found CSS Alabama at Cherbourg, France, where she had gone for repairs after a devastating cruise at the expense of the United States' merchant marine. On 19 June, the two ships, nearly equals in size and power, fought a battle off Cherbourg that became one of the Civil War's most memorable naval actions. In about an hour, Kearsarge's superior gunnery completely defeated her opponent, which soon sank.

After searching off Europe for the Confederate cruiser Florida, Kearsarge went to the Caribbean, then to Boston, where she received repairs before returning to Europe in April 1865 to try to intercept the ironclad CSS Stonewall. With the end of the Civil War, she remained in the area until mid-1866, when she was placed out of commission.

Painting of the battle between Kearsarge and Alabama image
Painting of the battle with Kearsarge in the foreground. Artist unknown

The Kearsarge returned to active service in January 1868 and was sent to the the Pacific coast of South America. During 1869, she cruised across the ocean as far as Australia, then returned to Peru. The next year, Kearsarge sailed north to Hawaii, then moved on to Mare Island, California, where she decommissioned in October 1870. In 1873-78, she was back in commission, cruising in Asiatic waters until September 1877, then transiting the Suez Canal to return to the U.S. East coast, where she decommissioned in early 1878.

Two more tours of duty awaited Kearsarge during the next decade and a half. She operated in the North Atlantic and Caribbean areas in 1879-83, then went back to Europe and Africa until late 1886. From 1888 on-wards, she was stationed in the West Indies and Central American areas. While en route from Haiti to Nicaragua on 2 February, she was wrecked on Roncador Reef. An effort to salvage her proved fruitless, and USS Kearsarge was stricken from the Navy List later in the year. Credit US Navy History

Side view of Kearsarge deadlight plaque image
Bottom edge of the Kearsarge deadlight plaque

 

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