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William Abel

Willian Abel, Alias William Allen, Landsman, USN

Pension records show service on board USS Princeton as 2nd Class Fireman, USS Keystone State, USS Lackawanee as Landsman and USS Huntsville.

U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about William Abel
Name: William Abel
[William Allen]
Publication: M1279
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 16699
Certification Number: 6988

USS Princeton (1851) was a large 1,370-ton steamer with powerful guns, some of whose timbers were those from the first USS Princeton, the U.S. Navy's first screw steam warship.

Princeton was originally assigned to sail with Admiral Matthew C. Perry's squadron to Japan, but broke down due to boiler problems just as the voyage was to start. She was laid up prior to the start of the American Civil War, but, when that war broke out, she was reactivated as a receiving ship at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The first USS Lackawanna was a screw sloop-of-war in the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

USS Keystone State was a wooden sidewheel steamer that served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

Keystone State was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853 by J. W. Lynn. She was chartered by the navy on 19 April 1861 from the Ocean Steam Navigation Co. at Philadelphia, and purchased on 10 June 1861. She commissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 19 July 1861, Commander G. H. Scott in command.


USS Huntsville was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries.


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Lackawanna was launched by the New York Navy Yard on 9 August 1862; sponsored by Ms. Imogen Page Cooper; and commissioned on 8 January 1863, Captain John B. Marchand in command. She was named after the Lackawanna River in Pennsylvania.


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  • Created by: Rubbings
  • Added: 30 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89372301
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Abel (unknown–18 Dec 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89372301, citing Kensington Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Rubbings (contributor 47671529) .