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Kalamazoo Class Monitor: Design Specifications Only. Displacement: 5,660 tons. Dimensions: 345 x 56.5 x 17.5 feet/105.15 x 17.27 x 5.33 meters. Propulsion: HDA engines, 8 boilers, 2 shafts, ~2000 ihp, ~10 knots. Crew: unknown. Armor: Iron: 3-6 inch sides, 3 inch deck, 15 inch turrets. Armament: 2 dual turrets, each with 2x15 inch Dahlgren smoothbore.

Concept/Program: The largest monitors ordered during the Civil War. Would have been far more seaworthy than any of the previous classes. Were incomplete at the end of the Civil War but were improperly preserved and protected while awaiting a decision on future completion; ultimately had to be scrapped after their timbers became rotten.
Design: A Navy design. Essentially an enlarged version of the Miantonomoh class, with improved lines. Freeboard was projected to be 45 inches. The turrets would have been as in Dictator. The hull was wooden with iron structure to support the turrets. There would have been pilothouses on the turrets, a hurricane deck, two tall funnels, and a tall ventilation shaft.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down at New York Navy Yard December 1863. Suspended 17 November 1865. Renamed Colossus, 15 June 1869.
Fate: Never launched; scrapped 1884.
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Kalamazoo 777k Artist's conception of the monitor Kalamazoo underway. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group (RG-19N) Box 33. Bureau of Construction and Repair # 13281. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Kalamazoo 180k United States monitor Benjamin F. Delano's Kalamazoo, color illustration, underway. Photo by DEA PICTURE LIBRARY via Getty Images courtesy of
Kalamazoo 680k This item is a general plan of a turret chamber for Kalamazoo Class of Wooden Monitors, 6/7/1864. National Archives Identifier:7368238
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(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

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Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
Monitor National Marine Santuary, NOAA.
Tour the Wreck of the Monitor.

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