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DescriptionWallet Belonging To Crew Member Of USS Saginaw. Small wallet belonging to John E. Irwin, whose name is written in period ink. Below his name in the same ink it reads "U.S.S. Saginaw". The Saginaw was a "Sloop of War" style vessel launched on March 3, 1859. The new side-wheel ship sailed from San Francisco Bay on 8 March 1860, headed for the western Pacific, and reached Shanghai, China on May 12th. She then served in the East India Squadron, for the most part cruising along the Chinese coast to protect American citizens and to suppress pirates. She visited Japan in November but soon returned to Chinese waters. On June 30,1861, she silenced a battery at the entrance to Qui Nhon Bay, Cochin China, which had fired upon her while she was searching for the missing boat and crew of American bark Myrtle. The ship continued service around the globe before it struck a reef in the south pacific in October 1870.
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