USS Hudson (1826)

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USS Hudson
Career (United States)
Name: USS Hudson
Builder: Smith and Dimon, New York City
Laid down: 1826
Fate: Sold, and broken up, 1844
General characteristics
Type: Frigate
Tonnage: 1728
Length: 177 ft (54 m)
Beam: 45 ft (14 m)
Draft: 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m)
Propulsion: Sail

The first USS Hudson was a wooden hulled, three-masted sailing frigate in the United States Navy.

Hudson, formerly Liberator, was built in 1826 for the Greek government by Smith & Dimon of New York. When Greece was unable to pay for her, she was purchased by the Navy and commissioned at New York.

In 1828, Hudson began fitting out for what was to be her only cruise, and during this period was inspected by President John Quincy Adams and his entourage. The frigate sailed from New York on 28 September 1828 to serve as Commodore John Orde Creigton's flagship in the Brazil Squadron. In company with Erie, she touched at New London, Connecticut for supplies and ammunition before turning south to reach Rio de Janeiro on 29 November to help eradicate the insidious traffic in slaves along those shores. From there Hudson conducted several patrols along the South American coast, stopping and boarding for inspection American as well as foreign ships. She also served as a harbor patrol vessel at Montevideo and Rio and cruised to Bahia and St. Catherine during her three years on station.

Hudson departed on 13 June 1831 and reached New York via Bahia on 5 August. She remained at New York as a receiving ship until 1844, when she was broken up and sold.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.