of decommissioning, in 1836 where she underwent extensive remodeling,
Vincennes was fitted out as flagship for Lieutenant Charles Wilkes'
U.S. South Sea Surveying and Exploring Expedition to the Antarctic
region. The expedition sailed from Hampton Roads, Virginia in August
1838 and made exploratory surveys along the South American coast
before making a preliminary survey of Antarctica in early 1839.
Entering into the South Pacific in August and September 1839, cartographers
aboard Vincennes drafted charts that are still useful today.
Late November, Vincennes set sail once more for Antarctica and on
January 30, 1840, land was sighted for the first time in the Antarctic
region. Wilkes reported that he "saw the land gradually rising
from the ice to a height of three thousand feet." Now that
all were convinced of its existence, gave the land the name of the
Antarctic Continent. The coast along which the American vessel sailed
is today known as Wilkesland, a name given on German maps as early
additional south seas surveys and an extensive survey of Puget Sound
in mid-1841, Vincennes dropped anchor in San Francisco, California
on August 14. On November 1st, the sloop once again set a course
for the far east, arriving in Manila Bay in early January 1842.
From there, Vincennes set sail on the long westward leg home, arriving
in Sandy Hook, New Jersey on June 10, 1842, almost four years after
the beginning of the expedition (completing her third trip around