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USS SANGAMON


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: Contracted to John Ericsson; construction subcontracted to Reaney, Son & Archbold, Chester, PA. Laid down summer 1862, renamed Sangamon, 9 September 1862, launched 27 October 1862, commissioned 9 February 1863. Operated in Hampton Roads and area rivers, then off Charleston. Decommissioned to reserve postwar, probably mid-1865. Renamed Jason 15 June 1869. Recommissioned for Spanish American War service 13 May 1898; decommissioned 1899.
Fate: Sold for scrapping 1905.
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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.
SANGAMON 117k Sangamon photographed on 27 May 1898, probably at the New York Navy Yard, after she had been recommissioned for coastal defense service during the Spanish-American War U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 44266.
PATAPSCO 102k Ship's officers on the deck of a Passaic class monitor, circa 1864-65. This ship has been identified in one published source as Sangamon and in another as Patapsco. Note anchor chain on deck, ventilators erected over deck fittings, thin white band painted around the turret top, uneven height of the turret gunports, and Dahlgren howitzer on a field carriage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 51953.
SANGAMON 120k Federal ironclads in Trent's Reach, James River, Virginia photographed circa early 1865. Nearest ship is Saugus, with a mine sweeping "torpedo rake" attached to her bow. Next monitor astern is probably Sangamon. Visible just to the right of her is either Mahopac or Canonicus. Last two ships are Atlanta and Onondaga. Photographed by the Matthew Brady organization. Note the log boom across the river in the foreground and the signal tower atop the hill in the right distance. Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 111-B-80.
SANGAMON 91k Federal ironclads in the James River, Virginia photographed circa early 1865, probably in Trent's Reach. Ships are (from left to right): Saugus, Sangamon (probably), Atlanta and Onondaga. Photographed by the Matthew Brady organization. Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 111-B-1961.
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.
PDF added 12/30/11.
(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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