USS Contoocook

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Contoocook

Contoocook

(Sometimes spelled Contocook.) A river and village in New Hampshire.

(ScSlp:.dp. 2,348; 1. 296', dr. 9'9", a. 8 9", 1 60-par. r.
4 24-par., 1 12-par., 1 12 par. r.)

The screw sloop-of-war Contoocook was launched 3 December 1864 at Portsmouth Navy Yard and commissioned 14 March 1868, Captain G. B. Balch in command. Her first cruise, as flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron, took her to the West Indies where she patrolled extensively for the protection of American interests during 1868 and 1869. Her name was changed to Albany 15 May 1869. After another cruise to the West Indies in the fall of that year, Albany was placed out of commission 7 January 1870. She served as a quarantine ship at New York until sold 12 December 1872.