-byMaritime Heritage Minnesota, Ann Merriman, Christopher Olson
USS Essex Log Book 50 Finding Aid Adams class ship USS Essex (IX-10) was designed and constructed by premier North American shipwright Donald McKay. Her keel was laid down in 1874 and she was launched in 1876. She was a three-decked wooden screw steamer sloop-of-war with auxiliary sail (bark-rigged). She was 185 feet long, 35 feet in the beam, had a 14.25-foot draft, and was 1,375 tons. When commissioned, she carried six big guns, all muzzle loaders: one XI-inch and four IX-inch Dahlgren Naval... Topics: sloop-of-war USS Essex, USRS Columbia, Navy Tug USS Nezinscot, Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire,...