On April 24, 1861, the USS Cumberland captured a ship in Hampton Roads. This ship went on to gain more fame for its part in the Battle of Hampton Roads less than a year later.
Of interest, during the Mexican War, two officers serving aboard the ship were Raphael Semmes and John Winslow, who would engage each other in the CSS Alabama and USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France in 1864.
The Cumberland was a 175-foot-long, 50 gun sailing frigate when launched in 1842. It served several tours of duty in the Mediterranean. In 1852-1854, it was completely razed into a sloop of war, mounting fewer, but heavier guns.