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Monocacy


Mohongo Class Gunboat:

  • Built in 1864 by A. and W. Denmead and Son, Baltimore, MD
  • Launched 14 December 1864 and sponsored by Miss Ellen Denmead
  • Placed in service in 1866
  • Struck from the Navy list 22 June 1903
  • Sold in November 1903
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,370 t.
  • Length 265'
  • Beam 35'
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 11.2 kts.
  • Complement 159
  • Armament: Six guns
  • Propulsion: Side wheeler.
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    Monocacy 137k Riding out a storm, circa the 1860s or 1870s. The original is a photograph of an artwork, mounted on a carte de visite (Calling Card).
    Donation of Hamilton Cochran, 1973
    U.S. Navy photo NH 78636
    Naval Historical Center
    Monocacy 115k Towing landing boats in the Han River, during the Korean expedition of May-June 1871.
    Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN, (MC)
    U.S. Navy photo NH 66306
    Monocacy 111k Monocacy and Palos in the Salee River , Korea in 1871 Darryl Baker
    Monocacy 129k U.S. Marines landing on Kang-Wa Island, in the Han River, Korea, 10 June 1871. Oil painting by John Clymer, USMCR, depicting the landing of Marine infantry and field artillery, as USS Monocacy provides gunfire support in the background. At the time this photograph was taken, in the early 1950s, the painting hung in the home of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, in Washington, DC
    U.S. Marine Corps photo USMC 306075 from the Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Monocacy 213k Ship's officers and crew on deck, during the Korean expedition of May-June 1871. Standing to the left front, wearing a sun helmet, is Monocacy's Commanding Officer, Commander Edward P. McCrea
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63683
    Monocacy 174k Ship's officers pose by one of her guns, during the Korean expedition of May-June 1871. The Commanding Officer, Commander Edward P. McCrea, is 3rd from the right, wearing a white sun helmet
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63684
    Monocacy 143k Photographed in Chinese waters, circa the 1890s.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 61702
    Naval Historical Center
    Monocacy 195k Laid up in winter quarters in China, circa the 1890s. Location is probably Tongku, during the winter of 1896-97
    Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63555
    Robert Hurst
    Monocacy 142k Monocacy - in left center, laid up in winter quarters at Tienstsin, China, 1894-1895. The ship in the right center, housed over for the winter, is the German gunboat Wolf (1878-1919)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 65784
    Monocacy 133k Some of her officers and crewmen ice skating near the ship, while she was laid up for the winter at Tongku, China, January 1897. Men are standing by the 37 mm revolving cannon at Monocacy's bow and stern , a precaution against hostile action. Laid up in winter quarters in China, circa the 1890s. Location is probably Tongku, during the winter of 1896-97
    Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 45983
    Monocacy 270k An article from a contemporary magazine, authored by Ensign Charles L. Poor, USN, describing how the ship was laid up in a mud dock at Tongku, China, for the winter of 1896-97. The photographs accompanying the article are all halftones
    Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 45984
    Monocacy 130k Dressed with flags for a special occasion, while moored off Shanghai, China, in 1897. The occasion may be British, as the Royal Navy's White Ensign is flying from her mainmast peak
    U.S. Navy photo NH 1268
    Naval Historical Center
    Monocacy 84k Off Shanghai, China, in 1898.
    Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN, (MC), 1931
    U.S. Navy photo NH 45979
    Monocacy 37k c. 1900
    Shanghai, China
    Robert Hurst
    Monocacy 161k Monocacy at the landing with a hole through her bow after she was hit by a Chinese shell, during the burning of Tongku, China, circa June 1900. Photo printed on a stereograph card, copyrighted in 1901 by Underwood & Underwood
    Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN (MSC), 1982
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 93707
    Monocacy 120k c. 1890 - 1901
    Detroit Photographic Co. photo 020627 from the Library of Congress photo LC-D4-20627
    Mike Green
    Monocacy 171k Dressed with flags, in the Pei-Ho River, Tientsin, China, in about 1902. Photo printed on a stereograph card, copyrighted in 1902 by C.H. Graves, Philadelphia, Pa.
    Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100314
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    PCOLCDR Stephen Austin McCarty, USN - USNA Class of 18429 March 1865
    01CDR Samuel Powhatan Carter, USN - USNA Class of 184027 April 1866
    02CDR Edward Price McCrea, USN - USNA Class of 184927 May 1868
    03CDR Oscar Fitzallen Stanton, USN - USNA Class of 18641 February 1872
    04CDR Albert Kautz, USN - USNA Class of 18583 September 1872
    05CDR Joseph Paul Fyffe, USN - USNA Class of 184710 July 1874
    06CDR George Watson Sumner, USN - USNA Class of 186213 June 1876
    07CDR Charles Stanhope Cotton, USN - USNA Class of 186325 April 1877
    08CDR Francis John Higginson, USN - USNA Class of 186210 June 1880
    09CDR Henry Glass, USN - USNA Class of 18645 April 1886
    10CDR Mortimer Lawrece Johnson, USN - USNA Class of 1863
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    2 October 1889 - 24 September 1891
    11CDR Francis Morgan Barber, USN - USNA Class of 186524 September 1891
    12CDR Robert Edward Impey, USN - USNA Class of 186511 October 1893
    13CDR William Wagner Reisinger, USN - USNA Class of 186617 November 1895
    14CDR Oscar Walter Farenholt, USN24 October 1896 - 16 April 1898
    15CDR George Augustus Bicknell, III, USN - USNA Class of 186616 April 1898
    16CDR Frederick May Wise, USN - USNA Class of 186724 May 1900
    17CDR Franklin Jeremiah Drake, USN - USNA Class of 186817 March 1901
    18CDR John Emil Roller, USN - USNA Class of 187118 October 1902
    19LCDR George William Denfield, USN - USNA Class of 187716 February 1903 - 22 June 1903
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Bill Gonyo

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