The first USS Ossipee was a wooden, screw sloop of war in the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was named for the Ossipee River of New Hampshire and Maine. Recommissioned 28 January 1884, Ossipee departed Hampton Roads 30 April for the Far East via Gibraltar and the Suez Canal and served on the Asiatic station until returning to New York 15 February 1887.
He was ordered to be ready for sea on 19Dec 1883 and reported on board the steam sloop-of-war Ossipee, on 29Dec1883. On his first tour of duty at that rank (Lt CDR) he would again serve as Executive Officer.
Naval records do not show where the ship visited, but a photo of him in uniform was taken at Nagasaki, Japan, and his obituary lists the Ossipee in Chemulpo, Corea (Korea). This tour the longest time that Will was away from family, not returning until March 1887.