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This Month in Naval History

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In 1846, the Navy purchased brig Howard at Boston to strengthen its forces for the Mexican War. Commissioned on 18 March 1847 as bomb brig Stromboli, the ship sailed for the Gulf of Mexico under the command of Comdr. William S. Walker.

Stromboli performed blockade duty in the Bay of Compeche, especially off the mouth of the Coatzacoalcos River. In mid June, she sailed to the mouth of the
Tabasco River. On the 14th, she and Bonita were towed across the bar into the river as Commodore Perry's squadron occupied Frontera. The force then moved upstream and took Tabasco the following day.

Stromboli later returned to blockade duty off the mouth of the Coatzacoalcos. That summer, the ship's crew was stricken by yellow fever, but she continued to help guard the Army water communications through the winter and spring.

In July 1848, Stromboli sailed home, and she was decommissioned on 6 September 1848. She was sold later that year.


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