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M-8 USS NEVADA

Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - November


Arkansas Class Monitor: Displacement 3,225 tons. Dimensions, 255 x 50 x 12.5 feet/77.75 x 15.24 x 3.81 meters. Armament 1 dual 12/40, 4 single 4/50, 3 6-pound. Armor, Harvey: 5-11 inch belt, 9-11 inch barbettes, 9-10 inch turrets, 7.5 inch CT. Machinery, VTE engines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 2,400 hp, Speed, 12.5 Knots, Crew 220.

Operational and Building Data: Built by Bath Iron Works, ME. Laid down 17 April 1899, launched as Connecticut on 24 November 1900, renamed Nevada 1, 1901, commissioned 5 March 1903. Renamed Tonopah on 2 March 1909. Operated as a submarine tender, probably starting circa 1913-1914; was based at Bermuda, Azores and Lisbon, Portugal at various times.
Fate: Decommissioned for disposal 1/1919. Designation BM 8 assigned 17 July 1920. Sold for scrapping 26 January 1922.

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Wyoming3.74kTYPE OF THE NEW COAST DEFENSE MONITORS SOON TO BE BUILT.
(From drawings made by the Bureau of Construction and Repair, Navy Department.)
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 September 1898, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Monitors177k"U.S. Monitors Arkansas (M-7), Connecticut (M-8), Florida (M-9) and Wyoming (M-10)".
Pen and ink side elevation and plan view, by the Bureau of Construction and Repair. These monitors (numbers 7-10, respectively) were built under the 1898 ship construction program.Connecticut was renamed Nevada in January 1901, after launching but more than two years before completion.
U.S. Naval Historical Center photo # NH 61879.
Tonopah 1.86k LAUNCHING OF NEW MONITOR NEVADA (M-8)
Christened With American Champagne' by Congressman Boutelle's Daughter.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 25 November 1900, Image 23, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Holland 71k Holland (SS-01), at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., circa 1901-1902. The crew on deck are, L to R: Harry Wahab, chief gunner's mate; Kane; Richard O. Williams, chief electrician; Chief Gunner Owen Hill, commanding; Igoe; Michael Malone; Barnett Bowie, Simpson, chief machinist mate, and Rhinelander.
The two vessels on the right are monitors. The inboard vessel has only one turret and is probably one of 3 monitors: Arkansas (M-7), Nevada (M-8) or Florida (M-9). The outboard 2 turreted monitor is also one of 3 probables: Amphitrite (BM-2), Terror (M-4) or Miantonomah (BM-5).
USN photo courtesy of the US Naval Historical Center.
NEVADA 479k Gunless Nevada (M-8) on 8 July 1902. USN photo # 19-A from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
NEVADA790k120-ton Derrick with Gun of Nevada (M-8) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 8 July 1903. National Archives Identifier:52555659
Local Identifier: 181-V-0270
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Photo added 08/12/17.
NEVADA1.35k120-ton Derrick with Turret of Nevada (M-8) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 8 July 1903. National Archives Identifier:52555667
Local Identifier: 181-V-0274
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Nevada 69k Underway, starboard view circa 1903-09, location unknown. USN photo courtesy of Andrew Toppan / Hazegray & Underway.
FLORIDA 2.36k MIDDIES FROM NAVAL ACADEMY WHO DESCEND UPON WASHINGTON IN THREE MONITORS Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.] 1902-1939, 28 August 1905, Evening, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
NEVADA 148k Post card of the Nevada (M-8) at anchor at New London, Conn., in 1905. Photo by Robert Enrique Muller Jr, courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Oyster Bay1.20kAN IMPOSING SPECTACLE
Birds-eye View Showing Position of Fleet in Naval Review at Oyster Bay.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 04 September 1906, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PURITAN, NEVADA & FLORIDA 58k The monitors (front to back, left side) Puritan (BM-1), Nevada (M-8), & Florida (M-9) with the cruisers (front to back, right side) Denver (C-14), Cleveland (C-19), & Tacoma (C-18), steam in line abreast, circa probably mid-late 1900's. USNI / USN photo.
Tonopah 66k The crew of the Tonopah (M-8) dressed in whites in 1909, while the ship was at anchor, probably on a Sunday. USNI / USN photo.
Tonopah 699k Tonopah (M-8) with 2 submarines alongside in Galveston, Texas, August 1912.
The submarine on the left is an E-boat (SS-24 /25), boat to the right is D-1 (SS-17). There are two unknown boats behind them.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedmen.
Photographer: Paul Verkin.
National Archives Identifier: 45513822
Local Identifier: 165-WW-338B-64.
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Tonopah 73k Tonopah (M-8) heading out to sea, circa 1914? USN photo courtesy of 'U.S. Warships of WW1' by Paul Silverstone, courtesy of Mike Green.
Tonopah 995k Key West Depot, Florida. Tonopah (M-8) North by East, 75', 23 February 1914.
Alongside is one of her charges, probably E-1 (SS-24).
There is a "1" on the conning tower fairwater that could be part of a "2" over "1" for Squadron identifier that the E-1 is known to have worn. Channel and marker buoys are in the foreground. 3 "spar" buoys are laying on anchor chains in right foreground.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
National Archives Identifier: 45698810
Local Identifier: 26-LG-32-38D
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Tonopah 537k Key West Depot, Florida. Tonopah (M-8), NE, 120'., 23 February 1914.National Archives Identifier: 45698806
Local Identifier: 26-LG-32-38B
Photo courtesy of catalog.archives.gov
Tonopah 1.21k Tonopah (M-8) on 10 May 1915 moored to the 135th Street pier in New York after the Presidential Review for President Wilson. The sub to the right is the E-1 (SS-24). Insert photo via Ric Hedman.
Photo # 19118v courtesy of Library of Congress.
Tonopah 641k GREAT CROWDS INSPECT FLEET AT NEW YORK
Public interest in the naval review in the Hudson River has been vastly augmented by the disaster to the Lusitania. The picture shows the throng viewing the Tonopah (M-8) and awaiting passage on the boats that make the tour of the fleet.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 11 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-17 Rhode Island2.57k"Eager crowds viewing the submarines at the foot of 135TH street with the Rhode Island (BB-17) in mid stream."
The submarine tender is the Tonopah (M-8).
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo by H.H. Russell, courtesy of memory.loc.gov.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 16 May 1915, Page 1.
Tonopah 508k Youthful Visitors Disporting In Crow's Nest of Monitor Tonopah (M-8) In North River.
In the great review of the Atlantic fleet in the North river the first detachment to arrive and attract attention was composed of the submarine flotilla and its mother ship the monitor Tonopah. Thousands of persons lined Riverside drive and when the word went about that visitors would be allowed aboard the Tonopah, hundreds of youngsters, after getting on board climbed the rigging and soon were in all parts of the ship. In the accompanying illustration the youngsters are shown in high glee watching one of the crew signalling to another boat in the river. It was a day of days for the kiddies. They enjoyed every minute of their stay.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo courtesy of The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 22 May 1915, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Tonopah 496k A MOTHER SEADOG GUARDING HER PUPPIES
This interesting photograph was taken within the Charlestown Navy Yard, where the United States submarine tender Tonopah (M-8) lies at anchor with her undersea charges, comprising submarine fleet No.3, of the North Atlantic fleet.
Probable submarines are the E.B. designed L-boats (SS-40 / 43 & 49 / 51), [L-1 thru 4 & 9 thru 11.]
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 02 June 1917, Postscript Edition, Pictorial Section, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
 Tonopah, L 9 & 11 96k View on the Tonopah's (M-8) foredeck, showing 12" guns and crewmen, taken while she was serving as submarine tender at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, circa 1917. Submarines alongside are L-11 (SS-51) and L-9 (SS-49). Note the workbench, with vise attached, in the left foreground. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45438.
Tonopah 65k A Mackay style camouflage Tonopah (M-8) taken while she was serving as submarine tender at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 21 December 1917. The submarine alongside is probably an early L-boat; L-1 (SS-41) or L-4 (SS-45). (Note the misspelling in the caption). USN photo courtesy of National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS cat. no. BOSTS-14445, submitted by Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard. Photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
Tonopah 64k Tonopah (M-8) in the harbor at Ponta Delgada, Azores, in April 1918. She is painted in what appears to be Mackay type camouflage. Photo taken from Margaret (SP-527) by Raymond D. Borden. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 42515, submitted by Robert Hurst.
Tonopah 344k Post card of the Tonopah (M-8), date and place unknown. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tonopah 794k Tonopah (M-8) photographed circa 1919 by R.E. Wayne in what was then Spalato (today, Split, Croatia). In the background is a little hill named Sustipan (Sustjepan).Text info courtesy of Zomudrin.
Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 45434 from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
Tonopah 703k Tonopah (M-8) in Drydock No. 2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, December 1919.Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 55115 via Mike Green.
(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 dodmedia.osd.mil.

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