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USS MONTAUK


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 Montauk was built by John Ericsson at Continental Iron Works, Greenpoint, N.Y.; launched 9 October 1862; and commissioned at New York 14 December 1862, Comdr. John L. Worden in command.
Fate: Decommissioning at Philadelphia in 1865, she remained there until sold to Frank Samuel 14 April 1904.
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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.
MONTAUK 119k Line engraving of the Montauk after a sketch by W.T. Crane, published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 188. It depicts the interior of the Montauk's gun turret, probably at about the time she was completed in December 1862. Guns are both Dahlgren smoothbores: a XV-inch at right and an XI-inch at left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58705.
MONTAUK 115k Line engraving of the Montauk after a sketch by W.T. Crane, published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 187. It depicts a scene the compartment below the Montauk's gun turret, probably at about the time the ship was completed in December 1862. Note crewman reading a newspaper, at right. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58700.
MONTAUK 140k Line engraving of the Montauk published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 186. It depicts scenes on board the monitor, probably at about the time she was completed in December 1862. The views include the Commanding Officer's cabin, arrangements for manually rotating the Montauk's turret, and the anchor well on the foredeck. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58701.
MONTAUK 105k Line engraving of the Montauk published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 187. It depicts scenes on board the monitor, probably at about the time she was completed in December 1862. The views include a view in the officers' ward room, with negro messmen at work, and several vignettes of ordnance equipment. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58703.
MONTAUK 110k Line engraving of the Montauk published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 186. It depicts a scene on the monitor's berth deck, probably at about the time she was completed in December 1862. Note mess table at left, crewmen resting and reading a newspaper, and ladder leading topside. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58704.
MONTAUK 111k Line engraving of the Montauk published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 186-87. It depicts scenes on board the monitor, probably at about the time she was completed in December 1862. The views include: interior of the armored pilothouse,with vignettes showing the inside and outside appearance of the pilothouse viewing ports; turret port for the ship's XV-inch Dahlgren gun; entrance to the shell room; a crewman reading a newspaper near the windlass; signal flags hoisted above the pilothouse; and the flagstaff at the ship's stern. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58702.
MONTAUK 111k "The Iron-clad Montauk engaging the Rebel Fort McAllister, in the Ogeechee River, 28th January 1863. -- Sketched by an Officer of the 'Dawn.'". Line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863, depicting Montauk in the foreground, firing on the fort. At left, also bombarding, are the U.S. ships Seneca, Wissahickon, Dawn and C.P. Williams. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58899.
MONTAUK 125k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", January-June 1863, page 193, showing the monitor Montauk shelling the Confederate Privateer Rattlesnake (ex-CSS Nashville) in the Ogeechee River, Georgia, 28 February 1863. Fort McAllister is in the right-center distance. Photo courtesy of sonofthesouth.net. Text courtesy of USNHC.
MONTAUK 127k Acting Ensign Isaac J. McKinley U. S. Navy. This carte-de-visite was created by Fredericks of New York. Signed in ink on the verso by McKinley reads, "Isaac J. McKinley, U. S. Navy, Iron-Clad "Montauk" Big Ogeechee River Geo. Feb 21, 1863". McKinley served aboard the Montauk with Commander John Lorimer Worden. On 28 February 1863, although engaged with Confederate Batteries at Ft. McAllister, the Montauk spotted the famed Confederate commerce raider CSS Nashville (then renamed CSS Rattlesnake) and ordered all guns to bear on the hated Confederate ship. Worden set the Nashville afire and ran her aground to keep her from sinking, although her magazine exploded and she was destroyed. Both Worden and McKinley received prize money for the Nashville's destruction. Prize money was one year’s salary to members of the navy. Acting Ensign Isaac J. McKinley served about the Pocahontas during her assignment as part of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in 1865. McKinley was appointed Acting Ensign on 5 September 1862 and discharged on 13 August 1865. Photo courtesy of the Heritage Auctions November 2011 Catalog (Public Domain) via Bill Gonyo.
MONTAUK 219k The Union iron clad monitor Montauk destroying the Rebel steamship Nashville in the Ogeeche River, near Savannah Ga. 27th. February 1863 Published by Currier & Ives, 1863?. LOC photo # LC-USZC2-3113 courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C via Tom Kermen.
MONTAUK 115k Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 41, showing Rattlesnake burning after being shelled by the monitor Montauk, commanded by Captain John L. Worden, USN, in the Ogeechee River, Georgia on 28 February 1863. Fort McAllister is in the right-center background, and the U.S. Navy gunboats Seneca, Wissahickon, Dawn are providing supporting fire in the left distance. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59286.
MONTAUK 88k Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 1863. It depicts the Montauk detonating a mine in the Ogeechee River,Georgia,in the morning of 28 February 1863, as she was withdrawing after destroying the Confederate ship Rattlesnake. Montauk was damaged by this explosion and had to be run aground until repairs could be made. Photo courtesy of sonofthesouth.net. Text courtesy of USNHC.
PASSIAC 107k "Panoramic View of Charleston Harbor. -- Advance of Ironclads to the Attack, April 7th, 1863" Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 172, with a key to individual ships and land features shown. U.S. Navy ships present are (from left to center): Keokuk, Nahant, Nantucket, Catskill, New Ironsides, Patapsco, Montauk, Passaic and Weehawken. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. USNHC # NH 59269.
PASSIAC 61k George Cook's photograph of Union ironclads firing on Fort Moultrie, S.C., believed to be the world’s first combat photograph.
Monitors engage Confederate batteries on Sullivan's Island, Charleston, South Carolina. Photographed from one of the Confederate emplacements, the ships are identified as (from left to right): Weehawken, Montauk and Passaic. The monitor on the right appears to be firing its guns. Date is given as 8 September 1863, when other U.S. Navy ships were providing cover for Weehawken, which had gone aground on the previous day. She was refloated on the 8th after receiving heavy gunfire from the Confederate fortifications.
Photo courtesy of the Cook Collection, Valentine Richmond History.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph USNHC # NH 51964.
MONTAUK 86k Ships moored in the Anacostia River off the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. waterfront, after the end of the Civil War, about 1865. The large twin-turret monitor in the center is Miantonomoh, with the smaller monitor Montauk tied up alongside her, to the left. In the left distance are the "light draft" monitor Chimo and the twin-turret monitor Tonawanda. The former Confederate ironclad Stonewall is beyond them. In the right distance is the Yard's western shiphouse. Ship at right is probably Resaca.
The original print is mounted on a carte de visite produced by Christimo, 45 Rua de Quitanda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Courtesy of Mrs. W.E. Taylor, 1941, from the collection of Medical Inspector William E. Taylor, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58936.
MONTAUK 89k Four monitors laid up in the Anacostia River, off the Washington Navy Yard, circa 1866. Ships are (from left to right): Mahopac, Saugus, Montauk (probably); and either Casco or Chimo. Photo mounted on a stereograph card, marked: "Photographed and published by Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, N.H.". Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 93868.
MONTAUK 84k Miantonomoh moored off the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., in 1865-66. Montauk is tied up alongside, to the left. The Navy Yard's western shiphouse is visible in the right background. Photo mounted on a stereograph card. Courtesy of the Steamship Historical Society of America, 1952. Collection of Rosmar S. Devereaux. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 86239.
MONTAUK 128k "Post-mortem Examination of Booth's Body on board the Monitor Montauk." Line engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 13 May 1865, depicting the scene on board Montauk, off the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., on 27 April 1865, as Union officers examined the body of John Wilkes Booth. Booth had assassinated President Abraham Lincoln of 14 April 1865. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 51959.
LEAGUE ISLAND4.33kTHE GALLANT MONITORS AT THE LEAGUE ISLAND NAVY YARDImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, 22 April 1898, Image 10, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Junk883kOLD TIME MONITORS TO BE SOLD AS JUNK.
THE MONITOR MONTAUK

The last of the old time war monitors, five in number, have been condemned by a naval board of survey and the Navy Department will shortly sell them to the highest bidders. The vessels are the Canaonicus, Jason [ex-Sangamon], Lehigh, Montauk and Nahant. They are at the League Island Navy Yard. They will probably be bought by junk dealers and broken up for the iron contained in them.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1901-1902, 19 October 1902, Image 7, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
MONTAUK 77k Montauk at left, and Lehigh at right, laid up at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, circa late 1902 or early 1903. The ships present, at extreme left and in center beyond Montauk and Lehigh, include three other old monitors and two new destroyers (probably Bainbridge (DD-01) and Chauncey (DD-03), both in reserve at Philadelphia from November 1902 to February 1903). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45896.
BB-4 Iowa 871k League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia; Iowa (BB-04) and monitors Lehigh & Montauk. Detroit Publishing Company Photo # 4a08494v from lcweb2.loc.gov.
Photo added 07/05/13.
(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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