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M4 USS TERROR

Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Hotel


Amphitrite Class Monitor: Displacement 3,990 Tons, Dimensions, 263 x 55.5 x 14.5 feet/80.2 x 16.91 x 4.47 meters. Armament 2 dual 10/30, 2 6-pound, 2 3-pound. Armor, 6-14" Belt, 14" barbettes, 8" Turrets, 10 " Conning Tower. Machinery, HC engines, 6 boilers, 2 shafts, 1,600 hp. Speed, 12 Knots, Crew 150 (163-191 wartime).

Operational and Building Data: Built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA. Laid down 1874, suspended 1876, resumed 1882, launched 24 March 1883, delivered 1887, transferred to New York Navy Yard for completion, commissioned 15 April 1896. Operated in the north Atlantic, then around Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War; bombarded San Juan 12 May 1898. Reduced to commissioned reserve 18 October 1898; decommissioned to reserve 25 February 1899. Recommissioned late 1901 as a training ship at the Naval Academy. Reduced to commissioned reserve 11 September 1905; decommissioned to reserve 8 May 1906.
Fate: Stricken for use as a target ship 31 December 1915, designated Target D. Sold 10 March 1921 but sank off Shooter's Island, NY; raised and scrapped 1930.

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TERROR 18k Terror (M-4) on speed trial, 1890-1901. Photo by Edward H. Hart, # det 4a13988 by The Detroit Publishing Company, now in the archives of the Library of Congress, (LOC) as LC-D4-20106.
TERROR 44k Terror (M-4) ship's company. 1896-1901. Photo by Edward H. Hart, # det 4a28315 by The Detroit Publishing Company, now in the archives of the Library of Congress, (LOC) as LC-D428-754.
TERROR 726k Terror (M-4) being fitted out at Brooklyn Navy Yard, circa 1896. Photo by Edward H. Hart, # det 4a14744 by The Detroit Publishing Company, now in the archives of the Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-20981, courtesy of Mike Green.
TERROR 330k Starboard view of the Terror (M-4), photographed by Hart, off New York City, 23 April 1897. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-8942 courtesy of Mike Green.
THE GREAT EXPOSITION 1.39k NORTH ATLANTIC SQUADRON IN ACTION FIRING OFF $1,000,000 WORTH OF POWDER AND SHELL IN AN HOUR
Iowa (BB-4), Ericsson (TB-2), Porter (TB-6), Indiana (BB-1), Texas, Maine, New York (ACR-2), Amphitrite (BM-2) , Terror (M-4), Raleigh (C-8).
Drawn by an expert marine artist from exact details. The line of battle is that described by Captain Mahan.
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo from The Anaconda Standard. (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, 16 May 1897, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 66k The Terror (M-4), probably in New York Harbor, circa early 1898. Photographed by C.C. Langill, New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 105576. Collection of Warren Beltramini, donated by Beryl Beltamini, 2007.
TERROR 3.35k The Coast Defense Vessel TERROR (M-4) Off Newport News Light. Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 23 February 1898, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 696k THE NORTH ATLANTIC SQUADRON, NOW BLOCKADING CUBAN PORTS.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 23 February 1898, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 518k THE UNITED STATES MONITOR TERROR (M-4). Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo courtesy of The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 25 February 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 1.30k Terror (M-4) Detroit Photographic Company. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Photo # Lot 3000-P-11 from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via flickr.com.
Photo added 04/01/16.
TERROR 1.13k TERROR (M-4) IS A FIGHTER
She's Only a Monitor, but Believed by Many to Be as Effective as a Huge First-class Battleship.
Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT.
Photo courtesy of The Anaconda Standard. (Anaconda, Mont.) 1889-1970, 20 March 1898, Morning, Image 19, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 547k THE "SICK BAY" IN BATTLE. THE PROBLEM OF CARING FOR THE WOUNDED IN A NAVAL ENGAGEMENT. Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 20 March 1898, Image 32, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 730k FORWARD TURRET OF MONITOR TERROR (M-4). Photo courtesy of Colliers History of the Spanish American War, in 1898, and submitted by Daniel Wilmes.
TERROR 211k THE UNITED STATES MONITOR TERROR (M-4). Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo courtesy of The Houston Daily Post. (Houston, Tex.) 1886-1903, 22 March 1898, MAILABLE EDITION, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 585k SCENE ON BOARD THE MONITOR TERROR (M-4)
Captain Ludlow
Image and text provided by Central Michigan University, Clark Historical Library.
Photo courtesy of The Copper Country Evening News. (Calumet, Mich.) 18??-1907, 29 March 1898, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 4.32k MONITOR TERROR (M-4), WHICH HOLDS THE PRIZE RECORD UP TO DATE.
The monitor Terror holds the record up to date for having captured the most valuable prizes of the war, the Spanish steamer Ambrose Bolivar. Besides value of the ship was $60,000 in hard specie aboard, which goes into the bargain. Then on the same day the Terror nipped the big Spanish steamer Guldo, which is worth about $400.000. There will be at pretty penny for the sailors of the Terror when the division of spoils comes around. Uncle Sam's champion prize winner is all that her name implies. She is the type of a ship that many American navy officers contend is the most serviceable afloat. The Terror is a great floating fort of hideous men, when the tremendous power of her great muzzles is borne in mind. She is a double-turreted monitor, heavily protected with Harveyized nickel steel. Her displacement is very nearly 4000 tons, but she is armed out of all proportion to her weight. In her strong turrets she carries four 10-inch and eight smaller guns, which can fight at any angle. She has a complement of 200 men.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.] 1893-1900, 10 May 1898, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 4.32k THE POWERFUL MONITOR TERROR (M-4).
The Terror Takes another Valuable Prize.
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA. & University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The Times. (Richmond, Va.) 1890-1903, 29 April 1898, Image 1 & Los Angeles Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.] 1900-1911, 29 April 1898, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 1.40k Busy waterfront scene includes a side-wheeler behind the Terror (M-4), circa 1898. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
TERROR 601k FIVE OF UNCLE SAMS NAVAL OFFICERS
CAPTAIN Nicoll LUDLOW & Double turret Monitor Terror (M-4).
Image and text provided by University of North Texas; Denton, TX.
Photo courtesy of The Houston Daily Post.(Houston, Tex.) 1886-1903, 06 May 1898, Mailable Edition, Image 5, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
AMPHITRITE 1.26k PERSONNEL OF THE SQUADRONS
Captain Nicoll Ludlow, who has the Terror (M-4), is a classmate of Captains Evans and Taylor, and a brother of Col. Ludlow, of the Engineers, now in charge of the defenses at Sandy Hook. Among civilians all over the country Captain Ludlow has many friends. His record in war and peace as well as his keen judgment and strong will ensure for his ship a reputation justifying her name if she meets a Spanish ship in battle.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.] 1893-1900, 08 May 1898, Image 32, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PURITAN 2.81k OUR MONITOR FLEET.
Miantonomah (BM-5), Terror (M-4), Puritan (BM-1).
Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo courtesy of The Appeal.(Saint Paul, Minn.;) 1889-19??, 14 May 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
AMPHITRITE 4.45k SCENES AT ADMIRAL SAMPSON'S BOMBARDMENT OF SAN JUAN
Incidents drawn by the great marine artist Hofacker from cabled description showing Admiral Sampson stepping into the conning tower of his flagship for an instant, the killing of Seaman Frank Wedemark, the wounding of Samuel Feltman and others, and the flagship Iowa (BB-4), the Detroit (C-10), the New York (ACR-2), the Montgomery (C-9), and the monitors Terror (M-4) and Amphitrite (BM-2) engaging the batteries of Morro Fort. The torpedo boat Porter (TB-6) shown above lay outside the harbor.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.] 1893-1900, 26 May 1898, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Monitors677kOUR NAVY AS IT IS TODAY
1. Monadnock (BM-3) . 2. Petrel. 3. Puritan (BM-1) . 4. Concord. S.Wilmington. 6. Amphitrite (BM-2) . 7. Ajax. 8. Machfas. 9. Cincinnati. 10. Marbiehead. 1 1. Montgomery. 12. Minneapolis. 13. Kearsarge (BB-5). 14. Kentucky (BB-6). 15. Bancroft. 16. Dolphin. 17. Vesuvius. 18. Raleigh. 19. Indiana (BB-1). 20. Iowa (BB-4). 21. Olympia. 22. Terror (M-4). 23. Catskill . 24. Miantonomah (BM-5). 25. Gustine. 26. Yorktown. 27. Texas. 28. Helena. 29. Massachusetts (BB-2). 30. Columbia. 31. New Orleans, 32. San Francisco. 33. Canonicus . 34. Camanche . 35. Monterey (BM-6). 36. Brooklyn. 37. Detroit 38. Atlanta. 39. Alabama (BB-8). 40. Albany. 41. Baltimore. 42. Chicago. 43. Newark, 44. Boston. 45. Charleston. 46. Oregon (BB-3). 47. New York. 48. Manhattan. 49. Philadelphia. 50. Lehigh. And Torpedo Boats. Drawn by "w. A. Verhas.
Image and text provided by University of Tennessee.
Photo by The Maryville Times. (Maryville, Tenn.) 1884-1944, 28 May 1898, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 1.07k THE MONITOR TERROR (M-4). Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ.
Photo courtesy of Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner. (Prescott, Ariz.) 1885-1903, 08 June 1898, Image 2, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
TERROR 57k View of the Terror (M-4) looking forward with her forecastle awash, while steaming from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 26 July 1898. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 47015.
TERROR 3.99k NEW TERROR (M-4) OF THE SEAS AS IT WILL APPEAR IN ACTION Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 04 December 1898, 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.
TERROR 504k Undated photo of the Terror (M-4) in a warm climate with awning on her deck. Photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
TERROR 106k Postcard drawing of the Terror (M-4) by Enrique Muller, off N.Y. City in 1905. Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
TERROR 399k Launching Program for the 2nd Terror (CM-5), 6 June 1941. The first was the Terror (M-4). Photo courtesy of Joe Radigan.
(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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