|The flagship “Wabash” --the pride of the navy in 1861 Sights such as this photograph conveys have passed forever. The type of vessel pictured here is now as obsolete as the great “Harry” of King Henry VIII or a Spanish galleon of King Philip. But what a beautiful sight she presents; the long clean sweep of her spar-deck, her standing rigging as taut as fiddle-strings, and all her running gear coiled and flemished down — no wonder that the “Wabash” was the pride of the navy, and that her crew pointed to the name on their caps with pride when they were ashore. The “Wabash” was a steam frigate of the first rating. No finer vessel could have been found in any foreign navy. She displaced 3,274 tons, carried two 10-inch pivot guns on her spar-deck and a broadside of fourteen 8-inch guns; on her gun-deck she carried twenty-eight 9-inch guns and two 12-pounders. On the deck stands a little group of three--Admiral Du Pont, who was in command of the South Atlantic blockading squadron, her Captain, C. R. P. Rodgers, and Commander Corbin. Until the ironclad appeared, such ships as the “Wabash” , though small in number, gave to the United States navy a prestige wherever the flag was flown.|
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