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USS CAMANCHE


Passiac Class Monitor: Displacement: 1,875 tons. Dimensions: 200 x 46 x 10.5 feet/60.96 x 14.01 x 3.2 meters. Propulsion: Ericsson VL engines, 2 boilers, 320 hp, 1 shaft, 4-5 knots. Crew: 75. Armor: Iron: 3-5 inch sides, 1 inch deck, 11 inch turret. Armament: 1 dual turret with 1x15 inch Dahlgren smoothbore, 1x11 inch Dahlgren smoothbore.

Operational and Building Data: Single-turreted monitor Camanche, was built in 1863 by Secor Brothers, Jersey City, N.J. and disassembled and shipped to California on board Aquila, which sank at her dock in San Francisco 14 November 1863. Salvaged from Aquila's hulk, Camanche was assembled at San Francisco, launched 14 November 1864; and commissioned 22 August 1865, Lieutenant Commander C. J. McDougal in command.
Fate: Laid up at Mare Island throughout most of her career, Camanche served as a training ship for the California Naval Militia in 1896 and 1897 She was sold at Mare Island 22 March 1899.
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PASSIAC 39k Plan of turret for Passaic class monitors. The port stoppers can be seen clearly in this drawing. Photo courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 11, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
PASSIAC 61k Propeller and rudder arrangement of the Passaic class. Photo courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 13, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
CAMANCHE 37k Re-assembling the Camanche, circa summer 1864. Photograph from the Collections of The Mariners' Museum.
CAMANCHE 129k Camanche nearly ready for launching, at San Francisco, California, circa 14 November 1864. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 55198.
CAMANCHE 2.1m The launching of the Camanche, 14 November 1864. Photo courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 12, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596 via Darryl L. Baker.
CAMANCHE 590k This photo is labeled Pensacola, but it is more than likely the Tuscarora.
Note deckhouse on her stern and whale boats are blocking view of area where her main boiler stack would be located. The Tuscarora was in the South Pacific Squadron during this time and likely was at Mare Island. Camanche is aft of the ship. Photo maybe circa 1865.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Robert Jensen.
CAMANCHE 40k Camanche at San Francisco. Published by Lawrence & Houseworth, 1866. Library of Congress photo # LC-USZ62-27427, from the digital archives via Tom Kermen.
CAMANCHE 129k Camanche moored off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in 1889. The city of Vallejo is in the background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 68679. Photograph from the William H. Topley Collection. Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1969.
CAMANCHE 74k Passaic class monitor photographed after the Civil War. This may be Camanche, moored off Vallejo, California, circa the 1880s or 1890s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 44267.
CAMANCHE 84k Self-Propelled Derrick Barge off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1890. The monitor Camanche is in the right background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 71244. Photograph from the William H. Topley Collection. Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1970.
Comanche3.29kTHE STORY
THE MONITOR COMANCHE AS SHE IS TO-DAY
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 12 January 1896, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Comanche4.04kTHE NAVAL RESERVE MONITOR COMANCHE
How the Old Monitor Comanche Will Be Manned by the Battalion
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 24 February 1896, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Comanche4.49kTHE MONITOR COMANCHE, TOWED BY THE GOVERNOR MARKHAM TO SAN FRANCISCOImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 13 March 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Comanche4.30kTest of the Long-Distance Speaking-Trumpet From the Tug Fearless. It Was Easy to Talk to a Boa a Mile Off and to the British Ship Reliance and Monitor Camanche.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 18 March 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Comanche3.68kThe Fish Commissioners' Steamer Albatross as She Appeared When the Scow Schooner Sunol Was Approaching Her With a Load of Coal. The Monitor Comanche Is Shown in the Distance.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 8 May 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 02/10/12.
Camanche3.38kThe Comanche, Monadnock (BM-3) and Philadelphia (C-4) as They Appeared Lying Abreast of Each Other Yesterday. The Comanche Represents the Old and the Monadnock the New Class of Monitors.Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 12 July 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Comanche51kScene Inside the Comanche's Turret Showing the Naval Reserve Drilled at the Two 15-Inch Guns by Lieutenant Beecher of the Monadnock (BM-3) .Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 12 July 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-3 Oregon3.71kFinish of the Great Annual Race Between the Crews Selected From Divisions 1 and 2 of the Naval Battalion. The Contest Was Stubbornly Fought, but Division 2 Lost Five Lengths on the Turn and Could Not Make It Up.
Races between the Oregon (BB-3) & the monitor Comanche
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 23 February 1897, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONTEREY 4.00k SAN FRANCISCO IS WELL PROTECTED.
It is many a long day since so many warships have been bunched in the bay at one time. Early yesterday morning there could be seen from Folsom-street wharf the old monitor Camanche, the gunboat Bennington, the sloop-of-war Alert, the coast-defense steamers Monterey (BM-6) and Monadnock (BM-3) and the two new gunboats Wheeling and Marietta.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 May 1897, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
CAMANCHE 369k Camanche off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in 1898. USN photo from "U.S.Warships of World War 1", by Paul Silverstone, submitted by Mike Green. Text from U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 55251.
CAMANCHE 98k Camanche in drydock at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, possibly in about 1898. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 68512.
MONADNOCK70kMonadnock (BM-3) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, prior to her June 1898 departure for the Philippines. The monitor Camanche is partially visible in the right background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 71766 courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1970.
MONADNOCK52kOff the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, June 1898, ready for her voyage to the Philippines. The old monitor Camanche is visible beyond Monadnock's (BM-3) after turret.Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. USNHC # NH 70502.
Comanche2.69kFROM A UNITED STATES MONITOR TO A COLLIERImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 20 November 1899, Image 10, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
CAMANCHE 75k Albatross (U.S. Fish Commission Steamer, 1882), in San Francisco Bay, California, with a steam launch alongside, February 1902. The old monitor Camanche, which had been sold by the Navy in 1899, is in the right background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 57139.
CAMANCHE 5.00k Interesting article on Camanche by Jesse N. Bradley from the May 1978 edition of The Retired Officer. PDF courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
(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.

USS CAMANCHE History
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