first navy warship
to be named for the victory at Vincennes was built in New York and
commissioned on August 26, 1826. In the 41 years to follow, the
18-gun sloop of war would be taken out of service and recommissioned
a total of six times, circumnavigate the globe four times and sailed
waters ranging from coastal waters off Norfolk, Virginia to such
distant lands as Japan and Antarctica.
sloop-of-war Vincennes first sailed on September 3, 1826 from New
York into the Pacific where she gradually made her way across the
ocean to Macao, China by 1830. From Macao, Vincennes made three
more stops before returning to New York on June 8, 1830 becoming
the first U.S. warship to circumnavigate the globe. Two days later
Vincennes was decommissioned.
soon after, Vincennes sailed for the West Indies and, after a nasty
year-long bout of yellow fever among the crew, was again decommissioned
for a time in 1833 before setting out for the Pacific once more.
On a routine search for shipwrecked and stranded American seamen,
Vincennes became the first American warship to call at Guam.