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U.S.S. "Kearsage"
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Medium: Black ink and wash and white and gray gouache on board
Dimensions: Overall: 12 x 18 in. ( 30.5 x 45.7 cm ) mat: 14 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. ( 36.2 x 48.9 cm )
Description: Marine
Object Number: X.295
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Inscribed: Inscribed at upper left outside image in graphite: "The Kearsarge"; at upper right outside image: "H. L. Jones Haste"; various publication annotations

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The screw steamer Kearsarge (length 201 feet, tonnage 1,031) was built in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was commissioned in January 1862. In 1864 her captain, John Ancrum Winslow, U.S.N., received a challenge of combat from Captain Raphael Semmes, C.S.N. of the Confederate cruiser Alabama, then coaling at Cherbourg. The famous engagement between the two vessels was fought on June 19, 1864, within sight of the French coast. The Kearsarge sank the Alabama, which pluned stern first into the sea.