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U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle

 
 
U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
1. U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Marker
Inscription.

This 6.4 inch 100 Pounder Parrot[t] Rifled Naval Cannon served on the U.S.S. Sabine during the Civil War. It is the only one from that ship that survives today. The cannon was cast in 1862 at the West Point Foundry (Registration #15 Foundry #210) in Cold Spring, New York. It weighs 9,790 pounds. The story of cannon and ship's service during the Civil War are one.

U.S.S. Sabine's keel was laid in 1822 at the New York Navy Yard but final construction was not completed until February, 1855. The U.S.S. Sabine was among the last two sailing frigates commissioned by the U.S. Navy on August 23, 1858. All subsequent frigates incorporated steam powered propulsion. The Sabine had a crew of 375 officers and sailors and was armed with 49 cannon. When being refitted in the Portsmouth Navy Yard in July to August 1862, this was one of two powerful 100 pounder rifled cannon added to her armament. Mounted on swiveling carriages on the fore and aft decks, these cannon were able to fire farther and more accurately than the smoothbore cannons.

Just before the outbreak of the Civil War, the U.S.S. Sabine and U.S.S. Brooklyn joined the U.S.S. St. Louis, and U.S.S. Wyandotte to reinforce the Federal garrison at Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island, and began to blockade Pensacola Bay, Florida. After the Fort was secured, the U.S.S. Sabine was assigned

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By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
2. Civil War Memorial and U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Markers
to blockade duty with the Atlantic Squadron. That November, during a hurricane off Cape Hatteras, the U.S.S. Sabine came to the rescue of the foundering transport Grovernor and saved 500 U.S. Marines and crew. In March, 1862 over 40 of the Sabine's crew transferred to the iron-clad U.S.S. Monitor and participated in the historic clash with the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimac) at Hampton Roads. After being refitted, the U.S.S. Sabine was dispatched to hunt the Confederate commerce raider[s], C.S.S. Alabama and C.S.S. Tacony.

In 1864, the U.S.S. Sabine was retired from active sea duty and served as training ship for landsmen and midshipmen until War's end. She was decommissioned in 1887 [sic 1877] and scrapped in September 1883.

The cannon was donated to Grand Traverse County by Senator William Alden Smith in 1910.
 
Location. 44° 45.696′ N, 85° 36.967′ W. Marker is in Traverse City, Michigan, in Grand Traverse County. Marker is at the intersection of Boardman Avenue and Washington Street, on the right when traveling south on Boardman Avenue. Click for map. Marker and gun are at the northeast corner of the county courthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 328 Washington Street, Traverse City MI 49684, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Memorial (here,

U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
3. U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle
next to this marker); Spanish-American War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Traverse County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Central United Methodist Church (approx. mile away); Ladies Library Building (approx. mile away but has been reported missing); Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans (approx. 0.3 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Traverse City.
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S.S. Sabine Information. (Submitted on September 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Heavy Parrott Rifles. (Submitted on September 28, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
4. U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Detail
U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Mark image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
5. U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Mark
U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Weight image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2016
6. U.S.S. Sabine Parrott Rifle Weight
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on September 28, 2016.
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