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USS WEEHAWKEN


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: Single-turreted monitor Weehawken was built by Zeno Secor & Co. at Joseph Coldwell, Jersey City, NJ. Laid down 17 June 1862, launched 5 November 1862, commissioned 18 January 1863.
Fate: Sunk in a gale off Morris Island, Charleston, 6 December 1863, due to shipping water through the hawsepipe and hatches while at anchor.

In Memorium:

In the Second Book of Shmuel (Samuel), 22nd chapter, 5th through the 19th verses, translated from the original in Hebrew and published by the Koren Publishers of Jerusalem, Israel, can perhaps aptly describe the fate of the crew and all other U.S.sailors who died defending their county:

"When the waves of death compassed me / the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; / the bonds of She'ol encircled me; / the snares of death took me by surprise; / in my distress I called upon the Lord, / and cried to my G-D: / and he heard my voice out of his temple, / and my cry entered into his ears. / Then the earth shook and trembled; /the foundations of heaven moved / and shook because of his anger /...the heavy mass of waters, and thick clouds of the skies /... And the channels of the sea appeared, / the foundations of the world were laid bare, / at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast at the breath of his nostrils. / He sent from above, he took me; / he drew me out of many waters; / he delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too strong for me. / They surprised me in the day of my calamity: / but the Lord was my stay..."

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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.
WEEHAWKEN 102k Line engraving by G. Perkins, published in "Harper's Weekly", 7 February 1863, depicting Weehawken riding out a heavy storm off the Atlantic coast on 20 January 1863, in a test of the monitor's seaworthiness. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58710.
PASSIAC 107k "Panoramic View of Charleston Harbor. -- Advance of Ironclads to the Attack, April 7th, 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.
WEEHAWKEN 62k "The Ericsson Devil and Weehawken". Engraving published in"Harper's Weekly", January-June 1863, depicting Weehawken pushing the mine-clearing raft designed by John Ericsson for use in Charleston harbor, South Carolina. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59387.
WEEHAWKEN 150k Attack on Fort Sumter, 7 April 1863. Line engraving, after a sketch by W.T. Crane, published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 171, depicting Weehawken firing on Fort Sumter during the attack. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59275.
WEEHAWKEN 150k Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 173, depicting the"Bombardment of Fort Sumter, as seen from the Lookout of the Turret" of Weehawken. This may represent the 7 April 1863 attack on Fort Sumter. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 59273.
WEEHAWKEN 588k Line engraving depicting Weehawken on 2 May 1863. Photograph from The Illustrated London News, Volume 42, # 1201, pg. 472, courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
WEEHAWKEN 101k "U.S. Monitor 'Weehawken' and Confederate Ram 'Atlanta'." Phototype by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa the later 19th Century. This print depicts the capture of CSS Atlanta (at left) by Weehawken, in Wassaw Sound, Georgia, 17 June 1863. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58896.
PASSIAC 61k George Cook’s photograph of Union ironclads firing on Fort Moultrie, S.C., believed to be the world’s first combat photograph.
Monitors engage Confederate batteries on Sullivan's Island, Charleston, South Carolina. Photographed from one of the Confederate emplacements, the ships are identified as (from left to right): Weehawken, Montauk and Passaic. The monitor on the right appears to be firing its guns. Date is given as 8 September 1863, when other U.S. Navy ships were providing cover for Weehawken, which had gone aground on the previous day. She was refloated on the 8th after receiving heavy gunfire from the Confederate fortifications.
Photo courtesy of the Cook Collection, Valentine Richmond History.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph USNHC # NH 51964.
WEEHAWKEN 76k Weehawken engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 3 February 1866 as part of a larger print entitled "The Iron-clad Navy of the United States. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 61430.
WEEHAWKEN 99k 19th Century photograph of an artwork, depicting Weehawken in stormy seas. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 60351.
WEEHAWKEN 95k Wash drawing by R.G. Skerrett, 1902, depicting the Weehawken in heavy seas. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 75618.
WEEHAWKEN 78k 19th Century engraving depicting Weehawken in a harbor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 73852.
WEEHAWKEN 101k Line engraving, based on a sketch by W.T. Crane, published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 184, depicting Weehawken foundering off Charleston, South Carolina. Dates featured in the original engraving are incorrect. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58709.
WEEHAWKEN 487kTHE LOSS OF THE MONITOR WEEHAWKEN.Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.) 1906-1939, 06 December 1913, Image 10, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 10/02/12.
WEEHAWKEN 107k Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 184, depicting the rescue of Weehawken's survivors, off Charleston, South Carolina. The large broadside ironclad in the left middle distance is New Ironsides. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58707.
WEEHAWKEN 85k The Weehawken Grave." Line engraving published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War", Volume II, page 184, depicting the smokestack top of the sunken Weehawken, shortly after she foundered off Charleston, South Carolina, on 6 December 1863. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 58708.
(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.

USS WEEHAWKEN History
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