New warship Sacramento launched at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in eastern Maine
The new 2,100 ton steam screw sloop-of-war was the largest vessel built to that time at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. Just under 230 feet long, with a crew of 160, she was commissioned in January, 1863 and joined the Atlantic Blockading Fleet. She also spent the last months of the war hunting Confederate raiders off the European coast. The Sacramento was lost when she hit a reef off the coast of India on June 19, 1867. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1862), IV: 98.