Warship Under Sail; The USS Decatur in the Pacific West by Lorraine McConaghy - Washington State Historical Society
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Warship Under Sail; The USS Decatur in the Pacific West by Lorraine McConaghy

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Warship Under Sail; The USS Decatur in the Pacific West by Lorraine McConaghy

"Ordered to join the Pacific Squadron in 1854, the sloop of was Decatur sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, through the Strait of Magellan to Valparaiso, Honolulu, and Puget Sound, then on to San Francisco, Panama, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, whole serving in the Pacific until 1859, the eve of the Civil War.  Historian Lorraine McConaghy presents the ship, its officers, and its crew as a vigorous, keenly rendered case study that illuminates the forces shaping America's antebellum navy and foreign policy in the Pacific, from Vancouver Island to Tierra del Fuego."