See the NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER narrative history of CVS 33


Mount Kearsarge is the name of a 2,937 foot (895 m) mountain located in Wilmot, New Hampshire, and Warner, New Hampshire, the United States. Two state parks are located on the mountain: Winslow State Park and Rollins State Park. On a very clear day, skyscrapers in the city of Boston, Massachusetts 80 miles (130 km) away are visible from the fire tower on the summit. The summit has remained bare since a 1796 forest fire.

The name of the mountain evolved from a 1652 rendering of the indigenous name for the mountain, Carasarga, which it is surmised means "notch-pointed-mountain of pines."

Kearsarge is a monadnock.  A monadnock or inselberg is an isolated hill, knob, ridge, outcrop, or small mountain that rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain., other examples are Stone Mountain near Atlanta, and Pilot Mountain in NC. Although of only moderate elevation, its isolation gives it 2,100 ft (640 m) of relative height above the low ground separating it from the higher mountains farther north.

Five ships of the United States Navy have been named USS Kearsarge. The first was named for Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire, and the later ones were named in honor of the first.


USS Kearsarge (1861) was a sloop of war launched 11 September 1861, fought in the American Civil War and was wrecked off Central America 2 February 1894


USS Kearsarge (BB-5) was a battleship launched 24 March 1898, sailed with the Great White Fleet, participated in WWI and WWII then sold for scrapping 9 August 1955
USS Kearsarge (CV-12) was an Essex-class aircraft carrier started in August 1942, then renamed Hornet (after the USS Hornet, CV-8, was sunk in October 1942) prior to launch in November 1943
USS Kearsarge (CV-33) was a long-hulled Essex-class aircraft carrier, launched 5 May 1945, served in the Korean War and Vietnam War then scrapped in 1974
USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship commissioned in 1993 and remains Active in service as of 2008

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