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USS TONAWANDA



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Miantonomoh Class Monitor: Displacement: 3,400 tons. Dimensions: 258.5 x 53 x 13 feet/78.8 x 16.07 x 3.86 meters. Propulsion: HRCR engines (Agamenticus & Mondnock had Ericsson VL engines), 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 1,400 ihp, 9 knots (design), 6.5 knots actual in some ships. Crew: 150. Armor: Iron: 5 inch sides, 1.5 inch decks, 10 inch turrets. Armament: 2 dual turrets, each with 2x15 inch Dahlgren smoothbore.

Operational and Building Data: Built by Philadelphia Navy Yard. Laid down 1862, launched 6 May 1864, commissioned 4 October 1865. Decommissioned to reserve 22 December 1865. Recommissioned 23 October 1866 as a training ship for the Naval Academy. Renamed Amphitrite, 15 June 1869. Apparently decommissioned to reserve 1872.
Fate: Transferred to Harlan & Hollingsworth Co., Wilmington, DE for scrapping, 1873-74, as partial payment for a new monitor of the same name.

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MONTAUK 86k Ships moored in the Anacostia River off the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. waterfront, after the end of the Civil War, about 1865. The large twin-turret monitor in the center is Miantonomoh, with the smaller monitor Montauk tied up alongside her, to the left. In the left distance are the "light draft" monitor Chimo and the twin-turret monitor Tonawanda. The former Confederate ironclad Stonewall is beyond them. In the right distance is the Yard's western shiphouse. Ship at right is probably Resaca.
The original print is mounted on a carte de visite produced by Christimo, 45 Rua de Quitanda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Courtesy of Mrs. W.E. Taylor, 1941, from the collection of Medical Inspector William E. Taylor, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58936.
TONAWANDA 61k Tonawanda hull plan, showing lines and details of some wooden structural members, the sternpost and rudder. The plan is marked "Copied December 16th 1868. U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia. Pa. F.D. Wilson, A.N.C.". The original drawing is in the Records of the Bureau of Ships, held by the U.S. National Archives. Text courtesy of USNHC photo # NH 42272.
Photo courtesy of"Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 32, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R. (LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
TONAWANDA 327k Ships moored off the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., photographed from the stern of Miantonomoh, circa 1865-66. Ships in the foreground are the monitors Chimo and Tonawanda. Beyond them is the ex-CSS Stonewall. Courtesy of Mrs. W.E. Taylor, 1941, from the collection of Medical Inspector William E. Taylor, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 48107.
TONAWANDA 44k U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Ships in the Severn River, off the Naval Academy, circa 1866-1870. They are (from left): an unidentified "Double-ender" gunboat; Tonawanda; and America. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 46618.
TONAWANDA 82k U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. View of the Academy waterfront area, circa 1869, looking northeast from the tower of "New Quarters". The twin-turret monitor moored in the Severn River, at left, is Tonawanda. Ships at the pier in right center are Dale and Santee. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 2120.
TONAWANDA 82k U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. View of the Academy waterfront area, circa late 1860's, looking northeast from the tower of "New Quarters". The twin-turret monitor moored in the Severn River, at left, is Tonawanda. Ships at the pier in right center are Constellation, Dale and Santee. Note the small tug on the beach at left, apparently under construction or undergoing a major overhaul, and the side-wheel steamer at the dock. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 49813.
TONAWANDA 81k Tonawanda, renamed Amphitrite in 1869, anchored in the Severn River, Annapolis, Maryland, while serving as a training ship at the U.S. Naval Academy, circa 1866-1872. The original photograph is the right side of a stereographic pair. Donation of Dr. G.S. Franklin. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 42753.
TONAWANDA 72k Tonawanda, renamed Amphitrite in 1869, off the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, circa 1870. Donation of Captain C.C. Marsh, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 44650.
TONAWANDA 78k Tonawanda, renamed Amphitrite in 1869, off the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, circa 1870. Collection of the Pennsylvania Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Philadelphia, Pa. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 90533.
(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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