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USS VINCENNES

Date: 1990
Dimensions:
Overall: 1165 x 1355 x 570 mm, 17.5 kg
Medium: Basswood, hardwood, hollywood, mahogany, irish linen, pewter, brass, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Models
Object Name: Model
Object No: 00015494
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    This ship model of the Sloop-of-war USS VINCENNES was made by an American model making firm, The Bureau of Ship Models in 1990. The VINCENNES was the flagship of the United States Exploring Expedition squadron which visited Sydney in 1839. The US Exploring Expedition was the first government funded scientific hydrographic survey undertaken by the United States.
    SignificanceThe US Exploring Expedition called into Sydney in November 1839 prior to setting off to Antarctica. It was the first visit by ships of the US Navy and was a popular occasion with the colonists.
    HistoryThe USS VINCENNES, under the command of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, was the flagship of the US Exploring Expedition squadron. In its circumnavigation of the globe, the 127 foot brigantine rigged ship carried artists and scientists throughout the Pacific, to Australia and to Antarctica. With six ships the US Exploring Expedition left Virginia in March 1838 and headed down the east coast of South America, calling into Rio de Janeiro. The expedition rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Pacific and called into Samoa. The VINCENNES was repaired and refitted in Sydney in late 1839. The ship's scientists, in particular geologist James Dana, worked and collected in New South Wales. The expedition then turned south to explore Antarctica. The US Exploring Expedition marked an important attempt by America to enter the international scientific community as a major promoter of exploration. Wilkes was the first explorer to ascertain that Antarctica was a separate continent and he mapped a large part of the eastern coastline.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Ship model of the sloop - of - war USS VINCENNES

    Web title: USS VINCENNES

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