The first U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name Princeton was commissioned
in September 1843; she was the first naval ship to be powered by steam-driven
screw machinery and was considered the most technologically advanced warship
of her day. During a demonstration of heavy shell guns in February
1844, a cannon exploded and killed several people, including the U.S.
Secretary of State, Secretary of the Navy, and two senators. Princeton
Professor Joseph Henry helped to investigate the accident, which led him
to study the molecular cohesion of matter. The five other ships
that have been named USS Princeton have seen admirable duty in the Civil
War, eastern theater of World War II, Korean War,
- To learn more about things named for Princeton,
see Café Vivian picture #28, 32,
36, 63, 64,
81, and 92.
- To learn more about Princeton in the nation’s
history, see quotation #11 and Café Vivian
picture #20, 33, 92,
95, and 113.
- To learn more about Joseph Henry, see icon #7
and quotation #39.
- To learn more about the history of science at Princeton,
see icon #2, 5, 6,
and 7, quotation #9, 27,
34, and 39, and Café
Vivian picture #14, 15,
22, 25, 32,
35, 41, 43,
51, 64, 75,
78, 87, 90,
114, and 131.