Frame Size: 32" x 44"
Size: 24" x 36"

"USS Congress and USS Susquehanna"

by James Hardy lll (British b. 1937)

Oil on Panel

Signed Lower Right

 The 48-gun Ship of the Line USS Congress was launched on August 16, 1841 at the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, NH.  She was placed in commission under Captain P. Voorhees on May 7, 1842.

From May 1842 until mid 1861 she made a mediterranean cruise, served off the South American east coast, took an active role in the war with Mexico and on two occasions served as the flagship of the Brazil Squadron.

At the outbreak of the Civil War she was brought back to US waters were she joined the blockade of the Confederacy’s Atlantic coast in September 1861.

On March 8, 1862, while anchored off Newport News, Virginia, she was attacked by the ironclad CSS Virginia. After suffering heavy casualties and unable to penetrate the hull of the Virginia with her guns, the veteran frigate was forced to surrender.

She would later be destroyed by fire and the explosion of her powder magazine.


The USS Susquehanna, a steam powered frigate, was launched from the New York Navy Yard on April 5, 1850 and commissioned on December 24, 1850 under Captain John H. Aulick. 

From 1850 to 1855 she served as flagship of the East India Squadron.

On May 5, 1856 she was recommissioned under the command of Joshua R. Sands and joined the Mediterranean Squadron, serving as flagship. 

From 1861- 1865 she say significant action in the Civil War including an active role in the burning and sinking of the CSS Virginia.

After the Civil War, from 1866 to 1868 she served with the Atlantic Squadron bringing American delegates to Mexico.

She was decommissioned at the New York Navy Yard on January 14, 1868 and later sold for scrap in 1883.

Artist Profile:  James Hardy III is a British artist, born in 1937.
His works show wonderful detail and a fantastic balance of subject, sea and sky.
A sound investment now and in the future.


Price: $1,300.00

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