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The “Colorado” --a frigate of the old navy The “Colorado” was one of six 40-gun screw frigates, the pride and strength of the Federal navy in 1861. Like most of her sister-ships of the old navy, the “Colorado” (built for sea fighting) was prevented by her size from getting up the narrow channels, and her gallant commander, Theodorus Bailey, had to lead the fleet at New Orleans past the forts in another vessel. On September 14, 1861, at Pensacola, volunteers from the “Colorado's” crew in four boats, led by Lieutenant J. H. Russell, carried off a “cutting out” expedition. They drove the stubbornly resisting crew from the Confederate privateer “Judah” and destroyed the vessel.

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