Sloop of War
Farragut's Flagship, The Hartford
USS "Hartford", a sloop-of-war, steamer, was the first ship of the United States Navy named for Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. Hartford was launched 22 November 1858 at the Boston Navy Yard and commissioned 27 May 1859, Captain Charles Lowndes in command. "Hartford" served in several prominent campaigns in the American Civil War as the flagship of David G. Farragut, most notably the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.
CSS Alabama Flag. CSS Alabama was a screw sloop-of-war built in 1862 for the Confederate States Navy at Birkenhead, England by John Laird Sons and Company. Alabama served as a successful commerce raider, attacking Union merchant and naval ships over the course of her two-year career, during which she never anchored in a Southern port. She was sunk in battle by the USS Kearsarge in June 1864 at the Battle of Cherbourg outside the port of Cherbourg, France.
Old Ironsides: Water vs Rum
The "Constitution" and the War of 1812. The oak timbers seemed impervious to the pounding of enemy cannon balls, as if the sides were made of iron. The ship was immortalized by Oliver Wendell Holmes in his poem, "Old Ironsides." Commanded by Commodore William Bainbridge, the "Constitution" annihilated the British frigate "Java." On Feb. 18, 1815, Capt. Charles Stewart commanding, defeated the British heavy corvette "Cyane," and the sloop of war "Levant."