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USS Franklin (1864)
USS Franklin
Career (USA)
Name: USS Franklin
Builder: Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine
Laid down: 1854
Launched: 17 September 1864
Commissioned: 3 June 1867
Decommissioned: 13 November 1871
Recommissioned: 15 December 1873
Decommissioned: 2 March 1877
Recommissioned: 2 March 1877 as receiving ship
Decommissioned: 14 October 1915
Struck: 26 October 1915
Fate: Sold
General characteristics
Type: Screw frigate
Displacement: 5,170 long tons (5,253 t)
Length: 265 ft (81 m)
Beam: 53 ft 7 in (16.33 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Propulsion: Steam and sail
Armament: • 1 × 11-inch (280-mm) gun
• 34 × 9-inch (229-mm) guns
• 4 × 100-pounder (45.4-kg) guns

The fourth USS Franklin was a United States Navy screw frigate. The ship was laid down at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, in 1854, and built in part of materials salvaged from the previous USS Franklin. For a time housed over, she was launched on 17 September 1864, commissioned on 3 June 1867 at Boston, Massachusetts, and on 28 June 1867 sailed from New York City as flagship of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, who assumed command of the European Squadron. Relieved by USS Ticonderoga, she arrived back in New York on 10 November 1868. Franklin's second tour in the European Squadron, beginning on 28 January 1869, was as flagship for Rear Admiral William Radford. She served with the squadron until 30 September 1871 when she sailed for the United States. On 13 November 1871 she was decommissioned at Boston. Recommissioned on 15 December 1873, Franklin operated in the North Atlantic Squadron. On 11 April 1874, she stood out to sea to join the European Squadron as flagship until 14 September 1876. On 9 January 1876, while Franklin was at Lisbon, Portugal, Ordinary Seaman Edward Maddin and Seaman John Handran jumped overboard and rescued a shipmate from drowning, for which they were later awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

Franklin was placed out of commission at Norfolk, Virginia, on 2 March 1877 and recommissioned the same day as receiving ship for Naval Station Norfolk, continuing in this service until 14 October 1915, which marked her final decommissioning. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 26 October 1915 and sold.

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