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M-7 USS ARKANSAS

Radio Call Sign: November - Bravo - Victor


Arkansas Class Monitor: Displacement 3,225 tons. Dimensions: 225'x50' x12.5' according to blueprints from the BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, NAVY DEPARTMENT, dated 1898, provided by Gorden Gregson.Armament 1 dual 12/40, 4 single 4/50, 3 6-pound. Armor, Harvey: 5-11 inch belt, 9-11 inch barbettes, 9-10 inch turrets, 7.5 inch CT. Machinery, VTE engines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 2,400 hp, Speed, 12.5 Knots, Crew 220.

Operational and Building Data: Built by Newport News SB&DD, VA. Laid down 14 November 1899, launched 10 November 1900, commissioned 28 October 1902. Briefly served as a training ship at the Naval Academy, then operated with the fleet while making summer training cruises; assigned to the Naval Academy as a training ship starting 1906. Renamed Ozark on 2 March 1909. Loaned to the Washington DC Naval Militia 26 June 1910 to 6 March 1913. Outfitted as a submarine tender 1913 and thereafter operated as a part-time submarine tender, while also cruising with the fleet.
Fate: Decommissioned for disposal 20 August 1919. Designation BM 7 assigned 17 July 1920. Sold for scrapping 26 January 1922.

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Wyoming3.74kTYPE OF THE NEW COAST DEFENSE MONITORS SOON TO BE BUILT.
(From drawings made by the Bureau of Construction and Repair, Navy Department.)
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 September 1898, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Monitors177k"U.S. Monitors Arkansas (M-7), Connecticut (M-8), Florida (M-9) and Wyoming (M-10)".
Pen and ink side elevation and plan view, by the Bureau of Construction and Repair. These monitors (numbers 7-10, respectively) were built under the 1898 ship construction program.Connecticut was renamed Nevada in January 1901, after launching but more than two years before completion.
U.S. Naval Historical Center photo # NH 61879.
ARKANSAS 21k A line drawing by A.D. Baker III of the monitor Arkansas (M-7) as completed. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
Ozark 1.34k SHE SOON WILL CHRISTEN THE ARKANSAS (M-7)
Governor's Beautiful Daughter to Crack a Magnum Over Our New Monitor
Miss Bobbie Newton Jones the charming daughter of Hon Daniel W Jones, governor of Arkansas stood right in the pupil of the public eye in Newport News Va. today when she smashed a large cold bottle of foaming fiz over the bows of the new United State monitor to be named after her fortunate State.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 10 November 1900, Part 2, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
ARKANSAS 1.38k MAGNIFICENT AND POWERFUL NEW MONITOR
The Arkansas (M-7) Just Launched at Newport News, VA., Now Being Fitted With Big Engines.
USN photo courtesy of Andrew Toppan / Hazegray & Underway.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 24 November 1900, Part 2, Image 12, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Holland 71k Holland (SS-01), at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., circa 1901-1902. The crew on deck are, L to R: Harry Wahab, chief gunner's mate; Kane; Richard O. Williams, chief electrician; Chief Gunner Owen Hill, commanding; Igoe; Michael Malone; Barnett Bowie, Simpson, chief machinist mate, and Rhinelander.
The two vessels on the right are monitors. The inboard vessel has only one turret and is probably one of 3 monitors: Arkansas (M-7), Nevada (M-8) or Florida (M-9). The outboard 2 turreted monitor is also one of 3 probables: Amphitrite (BM-2), Terror (M-4) or Miantonomah (BM-5).
USN photo courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
ARKANSAS 166k The monitor Arkansas (M-7) fitting out at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., 1 July 1902. Her armament is completely installed and the ship is only four months away from commissioning. The ship in the background is the battleship Missouri (BB-11). USN photo & text courtesy of"Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 46, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
Ozark 1.47k THE NEW SINGLE TURRETED MONITOR ARKANSAS (M-7) Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 09 August 1902, Last Edition, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
ARKANSAS 758k Post card of the Arkansas (M-7). Photo courtesy of SK/3 Tommy Trampp.
Ozark 676k MONITOR ARKANSAS (M-7) NOW ON HER WAY TO ST.LOUIS TO REPRESENT THE UNITED STATES NAVY AT THE DEDICATION CEREMONIES
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 15 March 1903, MAGAZINE SECTION, Image 53, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Ozark 706k VIEWS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMOR CLAD MONITOR ARKANSAS (M-7)
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 26 April 1903, PART V, Image 42, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Ozark 643k ARRIVAL OF MONITOR WITNESSED BY 100,000 PERSONS ON WATERFRONT
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 27 April 1903, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Ozark 943k OFFICERS AND CREW OF MONITOR ARKANSAS (M-7) HOPE TO ESCAPE FROM RIVER'S GRASP
Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo from The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, 17 May 1903, PART III, Image 23, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Ozark 2.03k THE MONITOR ARKANSAS (M-7)
Floating Fort With Forty five First Class Midshipmen Anchored in the Potomac at the Foot of Seventh Street.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, 24 August 1904, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Arkansas 753k Officers & Crew of the monitor Arkansas (M-7), circa 1904. Photo from Army Navy Journals courtesy of Ron Reeves.
FLORIDA 2.36k MIDDIES FROM NAVAL ACADEMY WHO DESCEND UPON WASHINGTON IN THREE MONITORS Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.] 1902-1939, 28 August 1905, Evening, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Oyster Bay1.20kAN IMPOSING SPECTACLE
Birds-eye View Showing Position of Fleet in Naval Review at Oyster Bay.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 04 September 1906, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 02/06/17.
ARKANSAS 1.62k Arkansas (M-7), port view, Photographed by K. Loeffler, 1907. US Navy photo # Lot-3305-7 courtesy of the Library of Congress, now in the collections of the National Archives & National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
ARKANSAS 128k Officers & Crew of the monitor Arkansas (M-7), circa 1907. U.S. National Archives photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
FLORIDA 3.31k MAKING A TARGET OF A WARSHIP. United States coast defense monitor Florida (M-9) which is to be fired upon by her sister ship, the Arkansas (M-7), this month. Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 03 May 1908, Image 57 via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
ARKANSAS 58k Arkansas (M-7) as completed, port-side view. Date and location unknown. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group 19-N, Box 33, courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
ARKANSAS 66k Arkansas (M-7) painted in wartime gray. She was renamed in March, 1909. USN photo courtesy of 'U.S. Warships of WW1' by Paul Silverstone, courtesy of Mike Green.
BB-23 Mississippi 610k With the Mississippi (BB-23) and monitor Ozark (M-7) moored in the background, an early Curtiss flying boat overflies the ships at Naval Air Station Pensacola circa 1914.
The photo shows both the Mississippi and the Curtiss AB-3 at Pensacola, FL (building in background). In April of 1914 the US Navy siezed the port of Vera Cruz, Mexico, among the ships sent were the Mississippi carring an aviation detachment which included the AB-3. In June the Ozark was also sent to Vere Cruz. Port of departure for both ships - Pensacola FL. As the Mississippi turned over aviation detachment to the North Carolina (ACR-12) before returning home this would probable date the photo in March or April of 1914.
Text i.d. courtesy of Chris Hoehn.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.012. courtesy of Mike Green.
ARKANSAS 289k Godfrey Dec Chevalier (right) and another unidentified aviator stand on the pontoon of an overturned Curtiss pusher after a mishap Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, Florida circa 1914-1915. The Ozark (M-7) is moored in the background. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.034, courtesy of Mike Green.
ARKANSAS 389k With the Ozark (M-7) and two unidentified submarines moored in the background, a Curtiss pusher aircraft makes a landing approach at Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, Florida circa 1914-1915. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.039, courtesy of Mike Green.
ARKANSAS 80k The monitor Ozark (M-7) probably in a Mexican port, circa 1914-1918. The original photograph is printed on postal card stock. Photographed by Carreras. USNHC photo # NH 102973-KN, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005.
Ozark 417k AT THE SUBMARINE MANEUVERS AT NEWPORT, R. I.
A United States boat of the G type is nestling close alongside its "mother," the monitor Ozark (M-7).
G-1 (SS-19½) arrived at New London, Conn 18 October 1915 in company with three other G-class submarines, tended by monitor Ozark.
Text courtesy of DANFS.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 07 October 1915, Final, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
ARKANSAS 338k Ozark (M-7) in October, 1915. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2008.104.001.195., courtesy of Mike Green.
Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 138k Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania.
Ships in the Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, circa spring 1919. Panoramic photograph taken by Keystone Photo Studios, 817 So. Broad St., Philadelphia. The following ships can be identified from among those present:
Rowan (DD-64)); Preston (DD-19); Macdonough (DD-09); Patterson (DD-36); St. Louis (C-12); Ohio (BB-12); SC-342; SC-344; Alabama (BB-8); Kearsarge (BB-5); Illinois (BB-7); Ozark (M-7); Kentucky (BB-6); and Hancock (AP-3).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98604, from the collection of Eugene Bennett, donated by his daughter, Jene B. Hart, September 1988.
(NISMF)376kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

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