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USS Princeton (1843)

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The first USS Princeton was a screw steam warship of the United States Navy. Commanded by Captain Robert F. Stockton, Princeton was launched on September 5, 1843.

USS Princeton (1843)
USS Princeton
Flag_of_the_United_States.svgUnited States
NamesakePrinceton, NJ
OrderedNovember 18, 1841
BuilderPhiladelphia Navy Yard
Laid downOctober 20, 1842
LaunchedSeptember 5, 1843
CommissionedSeptember 9, 1843
DecommissionedOctober 1849
FateBroken up

On February 28, 1844, during a Potomac River pleasure cruise for dignitaries, one gun exploded, killing six people including Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur and Secretary of the Navy Thomas Walker Gilmer, and injuring others, including a United States Senator and Captain Stockton. The disaster on board the Princeton killed more top U.S. government officials in one day than any other tragedy in American history.[1] President John Tyler, who was aboard but below decks, was not injured. The ship's reputation in the Navy never recovered.