From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Benicia is a city in California.

(ScSlp: dp. 2400; l. 250'6"; b. 38'; dr. 18'; s. 11.5 k.; cpl. 291; a. 1 11" S. B., 10 9" S. B., 1 60-pdr. R., 2 20-pdr. BLR.; cl. Confiance)

Benicia was launched 18 August 1868 by Portsmouth Navy Yard as Algoma, renamed Benicia 15 May 1869; and commissioned 1 December 1869, Commander S. Nicholson in command.

Between March 1870 and August 1872 Benicia served on the Asiatic Station protecting American interests in the Far East and took part in Rear Admiral John Rodgers' expedition to Korea (16 May-11 June 1871). Following repairs at Mare Island Navy Yard, Benicia joined the North Pacific Squadron 6 December 1872. She cruised in Mexican, Central American, and Hawaiian waters and arrived at San Francisco 29 November 1874 carrying King Kalakana of Hawaii and his suite. Benicia made a cruise to Alaska (11 May-21 July 1875) and was decommissioned at Mare Island 29 November 1875. Benicia was sold 3 May 1884.