Delaware Class Ship of the Line (1820)

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Two Delaware class ships of the line survived into the twentieth century in U.S. Navy service as receiving ships.

Overview of six vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
Delaware Norfolk NYd Aug 1817 21 Oct, 1820 by 10 Feb, 1828 Scuttled 20 Apr, 1861
Vermont Boston NYd Sep, 1818 14 Sep, 1848 30 Jan, 1862 Sold 15 Apr, 1902
New Hampshire Portsmouth NYd 1 Jun, 1819 23 Jan, 1864 11 May, 1864 Lost 23 May, 1921
Virginia Boston NYd May 1822 Broken up 1884
New York Norfolk NYd May 1820 Sabotaged 20 Apr, 1861
North Carolina Philadelphia NYd Jun 1816 7 Sep, 1820 by 18 Dec, 1824 Sold 1 Oct, 1867

Design & Construction

Designed by William Doughty. Neither Virginia or New York were ever launched—Virginia was broken up on the ways in 1884 and New York was burnt by retreating U.S. Navy personnel when Virginia seceded from the Union after the bombardment of Fort Sumter.[1]


Described by one source as a "highly successful class".[2]


See individual articles.

See Also


  1. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.
  2. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 2.


  • Bauer, K. Jack and Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. New York: Greenwood Press.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: Civil War Navies, 1855-1883. New York: Routledge.
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.

Delaware Class Receiving Ship
  Vermont New Hampshire