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Passaic 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: Built by Atlantic Iron Works, Boston, Mass. Launched 6 December 1862, commissioned 26 February 1863. Saw extensive service around Charleston. Decommissioned to reserve 24 June 1865. Renamed Medusa 15 June 1869, then Nantucket 10 August 1869. Briefly recommissioned from 29 July 1882 to 12 December 1882 and again 16 June 1884 to 6 October 1884, returning to reserve when decommissioned. Loaned to the North Carolina Naval Militia 1895. Apparently recommissioned for Spanish American War service; dates unknown.
Fate: Sold for scrapping 14 November 1900.
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Passaic 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.
Passaic 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.
Passaic 107k "Panoramic View of Charleston Harbor. -- Advance of Ironclads to the Attack, 7 April, 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.
Ironclads in Action
648k Ironclads in Action
Sketch of Charleston Harbor, showing placement of US Navy Ironclads during the attack in April 1863 (from top to bottom):
Nantucket &
Photo courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
NANTUCKET 66k Lithograph of the Nantucket, by Endicott & Company, New York, published circa the mid-1860s. Courtesy of Charles Moran, 1935. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 1353.
NANTUCKET 963k Low resolution of the Nantucket photographed circa the 1880s or 1890s, high resolution here. Low res photo via U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 66760-A.
High res Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
NANTUCKET 71k Civil War Ironclads at Sea. Chromolithograph by Armstrong & Company, after an 1893 watercolor by Fred S. Cozzens, published in Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements, 1897. Ships depicted are (from left to right): Monadnock class twin-turret monitor; Passaic class single-turret monitor (in foreground); Naugatuck; Keokuk; New Ironsides and Nantucket Collection of Captain Glenn Howell, USN, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 464-KN.
NANTUCKET 442k CDR Harry H. Hosley in command of the Nantucket in 1893. PDF article regarding the perilous trip to North Carolina to turn the Nantucket as a training ship. Detroit Publishing Company & PDF courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
In case of war with Spain, the monitor fleet would be of great value to Uncle Sam as coast defenders. Monitors are poor seagoing ships, but are very effective in the defense of seaboard cities.
First row: Wyandotte & Passaic, second row: Nantucket, Amphitrite (BM-2) & Miantonomah (BM-5); third row; Ajax.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo by The Hawaiian Gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 22 April 1898, Image 3, courtesy of
(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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