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M-3/BM-3/IX-17
USS MONADNOCK

Radio Call Sign: November - Kilo - Lima


Amphitrite Class Monitor: Displacement 3,990 Tons, Dimensions, 263 x 55.5 x 14.5 feet/80.2 x 16.91 x 4.47 meters. Armament 2 dual 10/30, 2 6-pound, 2 3-pound. Armor, Steel & Iron: 7 inch belt, 11.5 inch turrets, 7.5 inch CT. Machinery, HC engines, 6 boilers, 2 shafts, 1,600 hp, Speed, 12 Knots, Crew 150 (163-191 wartime).

Operational and Building Data: Built by Continental Iron Works, Vallejo, CA. Laid down 15 January 1875, suspended 1876, resumed 1882, launched 19 September 1883, transferred to Mare Island Navy Yard for completion, commissioned 20 February 1896. Sent to the Philippines for Spanish-American War service, 1898; never returned to the continental US. Served on China Station, primarily at Shanghai, 1899-1905; then in the Philippines 1905-1909. Decommissioned to reserve 10 March 1909. Recommissioned to commissioned reserve 20 April 1911; recommissioned to full commission 31 January 1912 as a submarine tender and target tug. Decommissioned to reserve 24 March 1919. Designation BM-3 assigned 17 July 1920; redesignated IX-17 1 July 1921.
Fate: Stricken for disposal 2 February 1923; sold for scrapping 24 August 1923.
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MONADNOCK54kPlan of the Monadnock (BM-3). Photo & text courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 42, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
MONADNOCK845kMare Island water front 1873-84.
Pensacola is in the foreground (based of the label on the original photo). The ships in the background from left to right are: Saranac, unidentified small ship (likely a revenue cutter), Vanderbilt (large side wheeler with her engines housed-over), several other unidentified ships at the yard's coal wharf and what appears to be the monitor Monadnock (BM-3) with main deck housed-over.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK227kThe Monadnock (BM-3) is seen on the building ways at Continental Iron Works, later Aden Shipyard, ready for launching on 19 September 1883. The shipyard was located in Vallejo, California across the river from Mare Island Navy Yard at the foot of Santa Clara street. Once she was launched, the Navy commandeered her due to the bankruptcy of the private shipyard and towed her to Mare Island for completion.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L Baker.
MONADNOCK1.50kShips at the pier (left to right) Monongahelia outboard of Monadnock (BM-3) (under construction), Albatross, USC&GS Carlisle P. Patterson, Charleston (C-2) (being outfitted), floating dry dock and Independence (Receiving Ship). Ships in the channel (left to right) Alert and Thetis. Date of photo September October 1889. Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Photo i.d. via Robb Johnson & Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK55kMonadnock (BM-3) under construction in 1892 - The indented area running the length of the hull provided the support for the wood backing of the armor belt. Photo & text courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 40, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
MONADNOCK146kA view of the Mare Island Navy Yard waterfront in 1895. From bottom to top the ships present are the incomplete Monadnock (BM-3), the ferry Ellen, Monterey (BM-6), Albatross, Marion and Ranger. The deck house is under construction of the Monadnock.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK126kThe hull of the Monadnock (BM-3) is shown just north of the gates to dry dock 1 at Mare Island Navy Yard. Date is not known.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK194kBow view of Monadnock (BM-3) under construction in dry dock 1 at Mare Island Navy Yard in 1895.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK184kStarboard bow view of the Monadnock (BM-3) under construction in dry dock 1 at Mare Island Navy Yard in 1895. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK227kThe Monadnock (BM-3) alongside the quay wall under construction at Mare Island Navy Yard in 1896.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK121kThe first of Monadnock's (BM-3) forward 10" guns is being installed in January 1896 at Mare Island Navy Yard.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Text i.d. courtesy of John Hendershot.
MONADNOCK128kOne of the Monadnock's (BM-3) 10" guns is installed in her after turret on 6 January 1896 at Mare Island Navy Yard.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker. Text i.d. courtesy of John Hendershot.
MONADNOCK 3.46k A FORMIDABLE Coast-Defender. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 26 January 1896, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK131kAfter 22 years of construction the Monadnock (BM-3) is commissioned at Mare Island Navy Yard on 20 February 1896. Talk about overtime!USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK4.37kHER FIRST TRIAL TRIP.
After Twenty One Years the Monadnock (BM-3) at Last Reaches the Sea.
DID NOT STAY OUT LONG.
The Monitor Which Has Seen Five Presidential Elections at Last Completed.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 10 March 1896, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK3.25kScene in the harbor yesterday when Admiral Beardslee and his staff came ashore, accompanied by the detachment of bluejackets who later in the day took part in the parade. The admiral's launch is in advance flying the American ensign from the stern and the flag of a rear-admiral at the prow. The cruiser Philadelphia (C-4), flagship, and the coast defense monitor Monadnock (BM-3) are anchored in the harbor where they will remain during the continuance of the festivities. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 18 June 1896, Image 11, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK3.47kThe Yacht Lurline at Anchor in Santa Cruz Bay Near the Cruiser Philadelphia (C-4) and Monitor Monadnock (BM-3) Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 21 June 1896, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Comanche3.38kThe 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.
MONADNOCK117kBroadside view of the Monadnock (BM-3) off Mare Island Navy Yard. Vallejo, California is in the background, circa 1896.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK111kMonadnock (BM-3) making a high speed run in San Francisco Bay in 1896.USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
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.
MONADNOCK575kMonadnock (BM-3) underway at an unknown location, circa 1896-1901.Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-20039, courtesy of Mike Green.
MONTEREY 2.92k SCENE IN THE STREAM OFF THE MARE ISLAND NAVY-YARD.
Either the Monterey (BM-6) and Monadnock (BM-3) appear among the ships here.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 25 September 1897, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK129kThe Monadnock (BM-3) is seen entering dry dock 1 at Mare Island Naval Yard on 21 April 1898. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L Baker.
Monitors677kOUR NAVY AS IT IS TODAY
1. Monadnock (BM-3) . 2. Petrel. 3. Puritan (BM-1) . 4. Concord. S.Wilmington. 6. Amphitrite (BM-2) . 7. Ajax. 8. Machfas. 9. Cincinnati. 10. Marbiehead. 1 1. Montgomery. 12. Minneapolis. 13. Kearsarge (BB-5). 14. Kentucky (BB-6). 15. Bancroft. 16. Dolphin. 17. Vesuvius. 18. Raleigh. 19. Indiana (BB-1). 20. Iowa (BB-4). 21. Olympia. 22. Terror (M-4). 23. Catskill . 24. Miantonomah (BM-5). 25. Gustine. 26. Yorktown. 27. Texas. 28. Helena. 29. Massachusetts (BB-2). 30. Columbia. 31. New Orleans, 32. San Francisco. 33. Canonicus . 34. Camanche . 35. Monterey (BM-6). 36. Brooklyn. 37. Detroit 38. Atlanta. 39. Alabama (BB-8). 40. Albany. 41. Baltimore. 42. Chicago. 43. Newark, 44. Boston. 45. Charleston. 46. Oregon (BB-3). 47. New York. 48. Manhattan. 49. Philadelphia. 50. Lehigh. And Torpedo Boats. Drawn by "w. A. Verhas.
Image and text provided by University of Tennessee.
Photo by The Maryville Times. (Maryville, Tenn.) 1884-1944, 28 May 1898, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 07/12/15.
MONADNOCK 156k Monadnock (BM-3) is seen off Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, June 1898, ready for her voyage to the Philippines. The old monitor Camanche is visible beyond Monadnock's after turret. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
MONADNOCK79kMonadnock (BM-3) steams through the Golden Gate, leaving San Francisco en route to Manila, 23 June 1898. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45954.
MONADNOCK961k"REMEMBER THE MAINE."
As the Coast Defense Steamer Monadnock (BM-3) Steamed Out of the Harbor Yesterday on Her Way to Join Dewey's fleet at Manila, Captain Whiting Ordered the Signal Flags Flown From the Peak "Remember the Maine". When the Crowds Along the Front Recognized the Signal They Sent Back an Answering Cry That Could Be Heard half Way to Oakland and "Remember the Maine" Echoed and Re-echoed Along the Front until the Monadnock was past Fort Point.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 24 June 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK52kIn the Pacific Ocean during her voyage from San Francisco to Manila, 23 June - 16 August 1898. Photographed from Nero (1898-1922), her escort on the trans-Pacific voyage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45956.
MONADNOCK697kAt sea between San Francisco, CA, and Manila, Philippine Islands, circa June-August 1898. Photographed from Nero (1898-1922), her escort on the trans-Pacific voyage. Text courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph USNHC # NH 60659. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
MONADNOCK85kDouble turret monitor Monadnock (BM-3), dispatched to the Philippines. Photo courtesy of A History of the War of 1898, published by Collier in 1898, and submitted by Daniel Wilmes.
MONADNOCK 827k MONITOR MONADNOCK (BM-3) SHELLING FILIPINO OUTPOSTS Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo courtesy of Virginian-Pilot. (Norfolk, Va.) 1898-1911, 26 February 1899, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK 1.88k NAVAL COMMANDER NICHOLS IS BURIED
Solemn Masonic and Military Services at the Funeral of the Late Captain of the Monitor Monadnock (BM-3) .
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 13 March 1900, Image 9, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK100k This photo of the Monadnock (BM-3) was taken circa 1900 by George Soulie' de Morant, French Consul in China, sinologist, who introduced acupuncture in the western world. He was serving in the French Ministry of Foreign affairs in the beginning of the last century in China. Contributed by Francis Soulie' de Morant, grandson of the contributor.
MONADNOCK51KHand to hand practice with swords in front of the main 2 dual 15" turret of the Monadnock (BM-3), circa 1900 - 1904. USNHC photo from the collection of George Henry Snow, courtesy of Mark Kozak.
MONADNOCK67KStern view of the Monadnock (BM-3) in drydock, circa 1900 - 1904. USNHC photo from the collection of George Henry Snow, courtesy of Mark Kozak.
MONADNOCK57K"Dueling Strings" for a foursome aboard the Monadnock (BM-3), circa 1900 - 1904. USNHC photo from the collection of George Henry Snow, courtesy of Mark Kozak.
MONADNOCK53K Monadnock's (BM-3) mascot & friends pose in front of the main 2 dual 15" turret, circa 1900 - 1904. USNHC photo from the collection of George Henry Snow, courtesy of Mark Kozak.
MONADNOCK37KWith a very low foredeck, the Monadnock (BM-3) takes spray over the bow while at sea, circa 1900 - 1904. USNHC photo from the collection of George Henry Snow, courtesy of Mark Kozak.
MONADNOCK53kBroadside view of the Monadnock (BM-3) while in China between 27 January 01 and 28 November 04. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group 19-N, Box 33. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
MONADNOCK62k Monadnock (BM-3) crew in 1903. Among them is Abraham DeSomer. USNHC photo # NH 81899, from the collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN. Donated by Lieutenant Colonel Russell DeSomer, U.S. Air Force (Retired), 1975.
MONADNOCK46k Monadnock's (BM-3) crew posing with 10" guns, right after target practice in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands, circa March-April 1905. Note the "Clean Sweep" banner. Man holding it on the left is Abraham DeSomer. USNHC photo # NH 82100, from the collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, USN. Donated by Lieutenant Colonel Russell DeSomer, U.S. Air Force (Retired), 1975.
MONADNOCK3.30kSailors of the Russian Ships Interned at Manila Are in Sullen Mood
American Monitor Monadnock (BM-3) Detailed to Keep Watch Over the Vessels.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 08 July 1905, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONADNOCK50kRADM. John Adrian Hoogewerff was the commanding officer of the Monadnock (BM-3) from 1908 to 1909. Photo courtesy of the James Melville Gilliss Library via Bill Gonyo.
Hermes 82k Hermes (1918-1926) at Pearl Harbor, circa 1918. Ships in the background are Monadnock (BM-3) and probably Navajo (1908-1948). This auxiliary schooner, built in 1914, was formerly a German vessel. Taken over at Honolulu under an executive order on 27 September 1917, she was soon put into service and formally commissioned on 1 April 1918 as Hermes. She was sold on 21 October 1926.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 101786.
Piscataqua 72k View of the waterfront at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Island, circa 1914-1916. Ships present are (from left to right):
Monadnock (BM-3),
Monterey (BM-6),
Bainbridge (DD-1),
Decatur (DD-5),
Pampanga(PG-39) and
Piscataqua(AT-49).
USN photo # NH 88559 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Collection of C.A. Shively, 1978.
(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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