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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 Nahant built by Harrison Loring, City Point Works, South Boston, Mass. Launched 7 October 1862, commissioned 29 December 1862. Saw extensive service off Charleston; badly damaged in action 7 April 1863.
Fate: Decommissioned to reserve 11 August 1865. Renamed Atlas 15 June 1869, then Nahant 10 August 1869. Recommissioned for Spanish American War service 12 April 1898; decommissioned postwar, probably September 1898. Sold for scrapping 6 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.
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 # NH 59269.
NAHANT 74k Group of officers stand in front of turret on deck of Nahant, circa 1863. Photo aa02017r.jpg courtesy of
NAHANT 32k Edward H.Hart photo of the Nahant between 1890 and 1901. Photo from the Library of Congress, # 4a28265r, courtey of the "Detroit Photographic Co." on transparency.Gift; State Historical Society of Colorado; 1949.
NAHANT 83k Nahant, laid up at the League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa the late 1800s. Another monitor is alongside, at left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45634.
NAHANT 81k Nahant and other Civil War-built Monitors in reserve at League Island. Nahant is shown with her stack and turret openings covered, and wooden enclosures protecting entry ports. USN photo from "Warship Boneyards," by Kit and Carolyn Bonner & submitted by Robert Hurst.
Nahant4.17kTHE OLD MONITOR NAHANT ON HER WAY FROM LEAGUE ISLAND TO NEW YORKImage and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1893-1900, 15 April 1898, Image 8, via
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
NAHANT 63k Nahant, in New York Harbor, during her Spanish-American War service, 1898. Her turret guns are run out, in firing position.Photographed by Hart. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45635.
NAHANT 166k Photographed in 1898, possibly while being prepared for Spanish-American War service. Note that Nahant's turret has a "roof" of the type fitted to monitors while they were laid up in reserve. Photographed by A. Loeffler, Tompkinsville, N.Y. Photo from National Archives & Record Administration (NARA), Record Group 19-N, Box 33. Courtesy of Dan Treadwell.
Text from U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 69787.
NAHANT 101k Crewmen swabbing out one of Nahant's turret guns, during drills at the New York Navy Yard, 1898. New Orleans is in the background. The original photograph was published on a color-tinted postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Abraham DeSomer, donated by Myles DeSomer, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 82124-KN.
NAHANT 92k Crewmen mending the U.S. flag on Nahant's deck, 1898. Dents in the ship's turret armor were caused by Confederate gunfire during the Civil War, some thirty-five years earlier. The original photograph was published on a color-tinted postcard by the Robbins Brothers Co., Boston. It was copyrighted by Waldon Fawcett, Washington, D.C., circa 1898. Courtesy of Carter Rila, 1986. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 100797-KN.
NAHANT 66k Officer, Chief Petty Officer and Seamen of Coastal Defense Monitor Nahant drill on one pounder gun, New York Harbor, 1898. Photo courtesy of EMPIRE STATE GUARD (1866-1913) - NY State Military History Images - NY Military Museum and Veterans Research Center (
NAHANT 650k Nahant ship's company in 1898 after being recommissioned for New York Harbor defense.Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-20058 via Mike Green.
NAHANT 467k Nahant crew on deck. During the Spanish-American War, she served in New York City harbor for defense. USN photo # LC-DIG-DET-4a13931, photographed by Detroit Publishing Company, 1898, courtesy of the Library of Congress, from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, courtesy of
Photo added 11/20/15.
NAHANT 629k Photo is labeled "Nahant captain and officers, 1898."
I believe the photo is misidentified, which is common when written up by civilians. I assume this is a group shot of the junior officers. I have to hunt down the Navy Register to get some names to go with the photo. If the Lieutenant is in command I am guessing it was taken close to the time she was being decommissioned.
Photo from the Library of Congress, # LC-D4-20047, courtey of Bill Gonyo.

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
(NISMF)371kA 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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Hazegray & Underway Battleship Pages By Andrew Toppan.
A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter.
Monitor National Marine Santuary, NOAA.
Tour the Wreck of the Monitor.

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