30| Samuel Walters (British, 1811-1882)
Signed, dated 1860
Oil on canvas, 28" x 42"
Auction Expired because there were no bids
$6000 - $9000
The USS Fairfield was an 18-gun sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. Fairfield was launched June 28, 1828, with Commander Foxhall A. Parker Sr. in command. Reaching Port Mahon in the Balearic Islands in September 1828, Fairfield cruised the Mediterranean Sea until returning to Hampton Roads in May 1831. Her second cruise was in the West Indies as flagship for Commodore Jesse Elliott. During much of this time, she patrolled off the coast of Mexico to protect Americans and their property during political disturbances.
On May 30, 1833, Fairfield sailed from New York for duty in the Pacific Squadron, arriving in Valparaiso, Chile, in September. During this cruise she supervised the disarmament and dismantling of a group of ships belonging to an Ecuadorian revolutionary force after American mediation had ended a civil war. Fairfield returned to Norfolk, Virginia, in December 1835. In April 1837, she departed for the Brazil Station; her commanding officer Commodore Isaac Mayo was senior officer of the squadron. She served as a protector for American commerce and interests, guarding against a blockade of Argentina set by French warships.
Returning to New York in April 1840, Fairfield was recommissioned in May 1841. She sailed for the Mediterranean, carrying Commodore Charles W. Morgan, who was to take command of the squadron based on Port Mahon, and served as his flagship while he conducted negotiations with the Emperor of Morocco to obtain redress for the arrest and detention of the United States Consul at Tangier. The USS Fairfield returned to Hampton Roads from this, her last cruise, on January 17, 1845, and was decommissioned at Norfolk. Later that year she served briefly as a receiving ship housing newly recruited sailors until they could be reassigned. In 1852 she was broken up.