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Construction of the Delaware begin in 1817 at the Gosport yard. Launched in 1820, she did not put to sea until 1828 when she sailed to the Mediterranean where she stayed for two years. In 1833, the Delaware was recommissioned and hosted President Andrew Jackson before returning to the Mediterranean to for goodwill visits and to protect the interests and rights of Americans. In 1841, the ship sailed to Brazil and patrolled the coast of South America, protecting American interests during the political instability of the region. The Delaware was decommissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1844 and remained in ordinary until burned by the Union soldiers when surrendering the shipyard to the Confederacy in 1861.