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USS MANHATTAN


Canonicus Class Monitor: Displacement: 1,034 tons. Dimensions: 225 x 43.8 x 13.6 feet. Propulsion: Ericsson VL engines, 2 boilers, 320 hp, 1 shaft, 7 knots. Crew: 85. Armor: Iron: 3-5 inch sides, 1 inch deck, 11 inch turret. Armament: 1 dual turret with 2x15 inch Dahlgren smoothbore.

Operational and Building Data: Manhattan, built by Perine, Secor & Co. at Joseph Coldwell, Jersey City, NJ. Contracted 15 September 1862, launched 14 October 1863, commissioned 6 June 1864. Operated in the Gulf of Mexico, including attacks on Mobile. Decommissioned to reserve August 1865. Renamed Neptune, 15 June 1869, then Manhattan 10 August 1869. Prepared for service at Philadelphia 1872-1873, recommissioned 19 November 1873. Was inactive after June 1877, but actual date of decommissioning is unknown.
Fate: Stricken for disposal 14 December 1901; sold for scrapping 24 March 1902.
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TECUMSEH 144k Rare Brady photograph of Tecumseh (left) and Manhattan under construction at Jersey City, New Jersey. Note the fine ship-like bow of Tecumseh which necessitated the redesign of the anchor and hoisting mechanism. Photo courtesy of City Museums of Mobile via explorersclub.ca. Photo added 11/04/10.
MANHATTAN 74k Lithograph published during the 1860s, depicting the Manhattan at sea. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60256.
TECUMSEH 81k "Battle of Mobile Bay ... Passing Fort Morgan and the Torpedoes".
Print after an artwork by J.O. Davidson, 1886, depicting the Union and Confederate squadrons at the moment that Tecumseh sank after striking a mine ("torpedo"). Confederate ships (left foreground) are Morgan, Gaines and Tennessee. Union monitors visible astern of Tecumseh are Manhattan and Winnebago. Brooklyn is leading the outer line of Union warships, immediately followed by Hartford.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 42396. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
TECUMSEH 105k "Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864".
Reproduction of an 1864 pen & ink drawing by George S. Waterman, C.S.N., depicting the action as seen from above and inside the entrance to Mobile Bay. Confederate ships present are (as identified on the drawing): Selma, Morgan, Gaines (shown twice, in the battle line, and beached off Fort Morgan after the battle) and Tennessee. Union monitors shown are (from the front of the line): Tecumseh (sinking after striking a mine), Manhattan, Winnebago and Chickasaw. The leading two steam sloops in the Union line are Brooklyn and Hartford. Small diagram in the lower right represents the various efforts by Union ships to ram the Tennessee later in the action.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 42392. Courtesy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
TECUMSEH 277k "Entrance of Rear Admiral Farragut in to Mobile Bay. 5th August 1864".
Chart of the action, prepared by RAdm. D.G. Farragut, Washington, D.C., 1st March 1865. "Explanation of Diagram from the five stand points of the Mobile fight." (printed in the lower left):
"No.1. Ships lashed together and running in from Sea, and the monitors running out of "Monitor Bay" to take their station inside or eastward of the line."
"No.2. Running up the channel in line of battle, and engaging 'Fort Morgan' leading ship Brooklyn encounters what she supposes to be 'torpedoes' monitor 'Tecumseh' is struck by one and sinks; Brooklyn backs astern causing confusion; Flag Ship takes the lead and passes up and engages the ram Tennessee and the gun boats of the enemy."
"No.3. Running fight with the enemy's fleet which ends in the capture of one, destruction of another, and the ram and one gun boat take shelter again under Fort Morgan."
"No.4. Fleet passes up and are in the act of anchoring when the ram Tennessee is seen coming out to attack them".
"No.5. Shows the manner the attack was made by the fleet upon the ram by ramming her in succession and keeping up a constant fire upon her at the same time."
"The points of contact are shown by the sketch in the north east corner of the plate." "De Kraft's flotilla bombarding Fort Powell." (in upper left of the chart).
Ships are (as numbered in "Reference" list at left): 1. Tecumseh; 2. Manhattan; 3. Winnebago; 4. Chickasaw; 5. Brooklyn; 6. Octorara; 7. Hartford, Flag Ship; 8. Metacomet; 9. Richmond; 10. Port Royal; 11. Lackawanna; 12. Seminole; 13. Admiral's barge Loyal; 14. Monongahela; 15. Kennebec; 16. Ossipee; 17. Itaska; 18. Oneida; 19. Galena.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 83136. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation.
MANHATTAN 93k Admiral De Kraft in command of the flotilla assigned to bombard Fort Powell on Mobile Bay. RAdm. D.G. Farragut is the overall commanding officer during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Digital ID: cwpbh 01093. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
MANHATTAN 109k Mobile Bay Campaign, August 1864. Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 17 September 1864. Entitled "Admiral Farragut's Fleet Bombarding Fort Morgan, 22 August 1864", it depicts the following U.S. Navy ships (from left to right): Lackawanna, Manhattan, Octorara, Brooklyn, Winnebago and Richmond. Fort Morgan is shown in the right center distance, and a battery is at the far left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59150.
MANHATTAN 90k Manhattan tied up in port, circa the 1880s. The view looks forward along the ship's port side, with her stern in the foreground. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 74470. Courtesy of Commander Clayton F. Johnston, USN, 1969.
MANHATTAN 26k Undated drawing of the Manhattan. From the Collections of The Mariners' Museum.
(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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