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Amphitrite Class Monitor: Displacement 3,990 Tons. Dimensions,262 x 55.5 x 14.5 feet/80.08 x 16.86 x 4.42 meters. Armament 2 dual "10/30", 2 6-pound, 2 3-pound. Armor, Steel & Iron: 9 inch belt, 11.5 inch barbettes, 7.5 inch turrets, 7.5 inch CT. Machinery, HC engines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 1,600 hp. Speed, 12 knots.

Operational and Building Data: Built by Harlan & Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE. Laid down 1874, suspended 1876, resumed 1882, launched 7 June 1883, transferred to Norfolk Navy Yard for completion, commissioned 23 April 1895. Operated mainly in training roles; decommissioned to reserve mid-1897. Recommissioned 2 October 1897 but saw little activity. Operated around Cuba, Puerto Rico and Key West during the Spanish-American War; bombarded San Juan 12 May 1898. Postwar operated as a gunnery training ship. Decommissioned to reserve 30 November 1901 for repairs. Recommissioned 1 December 1902 as a training ship; served as station ship in Cuba 1904-1907. Decommissioned to reserve 3 August 1907. Placed in commission in reserve for reservist training 14 June 1910. Loaned to the Connecticut Naval Militia 1916-1917. Served as a guardship at New York 1917-1919. Decommissioned 31 May 1919, stricken for disposal 24 July 1919, sold 3 January 1920. Used as a floating hotel and gambling casino; then chartered to the government in 1943 for use as a barracks at Elizabeth City, NC. Towed to Maryland for use as a floating restaurant and hotel in 1950, but sold in 1951.
Fate:: Planned refit for use as an oil exploration support ship canceled; sold for scrapping in early 1952.

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AMPHITRITE 735k Amphitrite (BM-2) weighs in on the ways just before launching, 7 June 1883. National Archives Identifier: 52560699
Local Identifier: 181-V-7015
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AMPHITRITE 1.31k Amphitrite (BM-2) on the ways just before launching, 7 June 1883. National Archives Identifier: 52560701
Local Identifier: 181-V-7016
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AMPHITRITE 1.39k Launching of the Amphitrite (BM-2) , 7 June 1883. National Archives Identifier: 52560703
Local Identifier: 181-V-7017
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1.17k U.S. Navy yard, Norfolk, Va.
Amphitrite (BM-2) fitting out at the Norfolk Navy Yard during the later 1880s or early 1890s.
Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Chuck Haberlein.
National Archives Identifier: 52560697
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Texas 1.14k Texas fitting out after launching on 28 January 1892. The Amphitrite (BM-2) is under construction alongside. National Archives Identifier: 52560715
Local Identifier: 181-V-7023
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6.38k Amphitrite (BM-2) in Boston Navy Yard, 27 August 1901. National Archives Identifier: 55171610
Local Identifier: 111-SC-5363
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AMPHITRITE 50k Amphitrite (BM-2) under construction at the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1895. The wood backing for the armor has been set in place but the belt is not yet installed. The tall military mast which was typical of the "New Navy" monitors can be seen. USN photo & text courtesy of "Monitors of the U.S. Navy, 1861-1937", pg 41, by Lt. Richard H. Webber, USNR-R.
(LOC) Library of Congress, Catalog Card No. 77-603596.
AMPHITRITE 205k A line drawing of the monitor Amphitrite (BM-2) as completed. Photo courtesy of Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, collection of Robb Jensen.
AMPHITRITE 65k Amphitrite (BM-2) circa 1895. USN photo courtesy of "Battleships" by Anthony Preston, printed by Bison Books, Ltd, 1982.
AMPHITRITE 2.36k UNITED STATES NAVY—IRON COAST DEFENSE MONITOR AMPHITRITE (BM-2) Image and text provided by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN.
Photo courtesy of The Princeton Union. (Princeton, Minn.) 1876-1976, 05 March 1896, Image 7, via
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
AMPHITRITE 55k Amphitrite (BM-2) at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA, during the 1890s. USNHC photo # NH 58949.
AMPHITRITE 1.51k .....Amphitrite (BM-2) spent the next several months operating between Norfolk, Charleston, and Tompkinsville, Staten Island, into early May of 1897. While operating out of Charleston between February and April 1897, she conducted underway training on the average of three days per month. She appears here in in a port bow view at anchor on 27 April 1897. Text courtesy of DANFS.
Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-3741, courtesy of Mike Green.
Photochrom postcard published by the Detroit Photographic Company. Image from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University via Robert Hurst.
AMPHITRITE 755k Bow view of the Amphitrite (BM-2) with the Statue of Liberty in the right distance, anchored in lower New York bay more towards the Staten Island side of the harbor and just off the coastal batteries of Fort Wadsworth. Text i.d. courtesy of Marvin Korot.
Photo LC-DIG-det-4a13876 courtesy of
AMPHITRITE 532k Port quarter view of the Amphitrite (BM-2) anchored at an unknown location circa 1897-1901. Photo LC-DIG-det-4a13877 courtesy of
Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 29 August 1897, Image 30, via
AMPHITRITE1.42kAmphitrite (BM-2) name is written on her stern turret. Photo from The American Navy with Introduction and Descriptive Text - Reproductions of Photographs - Belford, Middlebrook & Co. - Chicago, 1898, submitted by Thomas Becher.
In case of war with Spain, the monitor fleet would be of great value to Uncle Sam as coast defenders. Monitors are poor seagoing ships, but are very effective in the defense of seaboard cities.
First row: Wyandotte & Passaic, second row: Nantucket, Amphitrite (BM-2) & Miantonomah (BM-5); third row; Ajax.
Image and text provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI.
Photo by The Hawaiian Gazette. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii]) 1865-1918, 22 April 1898, Image 3, courtesy of
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
1. Monadnock (BM-3) . 2. Petrel. 3. Puritan (BM-1) . 4. Concord. 5. Wilmington. 6. Amphitrite (BM-2) . 7. Ajax. 8. Machias. 9. Cincinnati. 10. Marblehead. 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
AMPHITRITE 237k THE MONITOR AMPHITRITE. Photo courtesy of Colliers History of the Spanish American War, in 1898, and submitted by Daniel Wilmes.
AMPHITRITE 584k 4 photo PDF of scenes aboard the Amphitrite (BM-2) . Photos from the Scientific Amerian Magazine of 1898 Supplement, courtesy of David Upton.
A View of the Northeastern Part of Porto Rico, Showing the Towns of Fajardo In the Center, Thirty Miles From San Juan, and Ceiba on the Left, Which Have Just Surrendered to the Americans, With Cape San Juan and Its Lighthouse, Now Operated by a detail of American Marines, on the Right and in the distance the Peak of El Yungue, 3714 Feet High, From Which All the Spanish Positions in Eastern Porto Rico Can Be Seen. In the Middle Foreground is the Gunboat Marietta, With the Monitors Puritan (BM-1) and Amphitrite (BM-2) on the Right, and the Montgomery (C-9), With the Transports Ready to Discharge Their Troops, on the Left
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 07 August 1898, Image 1, via
On the Right Center of the Picture Is Shown the Lighthouse. Near the Extremity of the Headland, Held by Forty American Sailors. To the Left, 300 Yards Distant, Is the Force of 800 Spaniards Firing With Machine Guns and Mausers. In Right and Left Foreground Are the Monitor Amphitrite (BM-2) and Cruiser Cincinnati, Which Have Just Begun to Use Their Large Quick-Firing Guns. Further in Within 100 Yards of the Beach Is the Tug Leyden Pouring One Pound Shells Into the Enemy. Boats From the Larger Ships Are Speeding to the Shore Laden With Reinforcements.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside, CA.
Photo from The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 12 August 1898, Image 1, via
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.
AMPHITRITE 1.03k Amphitrite (BM-2) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 21 October 1903. National Archives Identifier:52555709
Local Identifier: 181-V-0296
Photo courtesy of
AMPHITRITE 1.03k Amphitrite (BM-2) port view. Photo # Lot 3000-K-21, Detroit Publishing Company, Courtesy of the Library of Congress from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via
AMPHITRITE 119k Stern view of the Amphitrite (BM-2) in this undated photo. Digital ID # ggbain 24106v, LC-B2-4172-8. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
FLORIDA NR A Plea for the Monitor in Coast Defence
Tallahassee, ex-Florida (M-9).
Pictured also are the Canonicus, Amphitrite (BM-2), & Monterey (BM-6).
Image and text provided by West Virginia University
Photo courtesy of The Sunday Telegram. (Clarksburg, W. Va.) 1914-1927, 19 March 1916, THIRD SECTION, Image 27, via
AMPHITRITE 5.33k "The U.S. monitor Amphitrite (BM-2), with the aid of tugs and derricks, laying across the narrows below quarantine. The buoys from which are suspended the steel nets closing the harbor to submarines."
Amphitrite cleared Bridgeport, Conn., on 2 February 1917 for repairs and alterations at the New York Navy Yard, arriving the following day. On 17 February, the ship departed the yard and stood down river to the Narrows, near Rosebank, Staten Island, N. Y., for work on the submarine net in company with three tugs; Hudson, W. J. Conway, and Lizzie D., and Navy lighters Victor, Transport, and the tug S. W. Holbrook. Later, in company with M. M. Millard, George T. Kirkham, and John Nichols, she continued her work laying the net off Rosebank.
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times 25 February 1917, Page 4 & DANFS.
Photo by International News Service, courtesy of
Engineers and workmen are attempting to salvage the armed liner Manchuria, which collided with the Amphitrite (BM-2) in a heavy fog in New York Bay near Quarantine, late on the night of 13 June 1917. The Manchuria, one of the first American liners to cross the Atlantic armed with stern and forward guns as a protection against the German submarines, was out of service for some time. Two big holes were stove in her starboard side amidships, above and below the water line and down by her stern. After the collision both vessels drifted about in the fog and the Amphitrite finally became entangled in the safety net at the entrance to the harbor. The Manchuria settled with the water she had shipped and is lying far down. A close up view of the stern on the Manchuria, showing her lower deck almost even with the water line. Her stern gun can be seen on the deck.
Photographer: International Film Service
National Archives Identifier: 45499677
Local Identifier: 165-WW-272A-14
Photo courtesy of
AMPHITRITE 535k The Manchuria, sinking stern first in New York Bay, after a crash in the fog with the U. S. Monitor Amphitrite (BM-2). Photo courtesy of New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, 24 June 1917, Image 50, via
BB-1 Indiana 209k "Flotilla A, Destroyer Force".
Tied up with sterns to the wharf in the Philadelphia Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, while awaiting decommissioning, circa May 1919. Other ships in the background include a Monitor, three old battleships and several torpedo boats. Panoramic photograph by Frawley and Collins, Mount Holly, New Jersey.
Ships in the foreground are (from left to right):
Dale (DD-4); Lawrence (DD-8); Perry (DD-11); Whipple (DD-15); Truxtun (DD-14);
A barge; Worden (DD-16); Barry (DD-2); Hull (DD-7); Hopkins (DD-6); Bainbridge (DD-1); Stewart (DD-13); Paul Jones (DD-10); Decatur (DD-5); Preble (DD-12); Preston (DD-19); Flusser (DD-20); Lamson (DD-18); Reid (DD-21); and Isabel (SP-521).
Ships in the background are (from left to right):
Amphitrite (BM-2);ex-Iowa (BB-4) outboard; ex-Massachusetts (BB-2) inboard; and ex-Indiana (BB-1).
Several torpedo boats are moored alongside the old battleships.
Photograph # NH 105512, from the collections of the United States Naval Historical Center.
AMPHITRITE 67k Amphitrite (BM-2) drying signal flags in the Reserve Basin at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, while awaiting decommissioning in May 1919. Image cropped from a panoramic view (Photo # NH 105512) by Frawley and Collins, Mount Holly, New Jersey. USNHC photo # NH 105512-A.
280k What is probably the Amphitrite (BM-2) & subchaser SC-23. Date is no later than 1920, the year SC-23 was destroyed in a fire. Photo courtesy of David Wright.
901k Amphitrite (BM-2) the Ship Hotel. Photos courtesy of David Wright.
AMPHITRITE 63k Amphitrite (BM-2) as a floating hotel and casino off Fort Lauderdale. Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Coming originally from the subtropical waters of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Amphitrite arrived here yesterday to serve transients in the Nation's Capital. Seventy-five rooms that formerly housed winter tourists will open in 10 days to take care of businessmen and other travelers to Washington who cannot find other hotel rooms. The management stressed that it is purely a transient hotel and not a project for Government workers.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 26 September 1942, Image 6, courtesy of
NR Ex-New Yorker to Manage Ship Hotel Amphitrite
K. A. Smith, former manager of a number of residential propeities here, will become the manager of the 75-room ship-hotel Amphitrite when the floating hotel opens for business at the Old Occaquan Wharf on or before October 10. it has been announced by H. G. Buckley, president of the Amphitrite Corp.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 30 September 1942, Image 41, courtesy of
NR Government to Move D. C. Floating Hotel To North Carolina Takes Over Amphitrite To House Employes Of Airplane Plant
Brought here some three months ago to house District war workers, the Amphitrite, America's only floating hotel, has been "taken over" by the Government for use by workers in North Carolina, still untouched by Washingtonians, it was learned yesterday.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 13 December 1942, Image 26, Image 15, courtesy of
NR Floating Hotel Will Be Towed To Elizabeth City
The big floating hotel Amphitrite, which has been tied up at the Washington waterfront for many months, has been requisitioned by the War Shipping administration and is to be towed to Elizabeth City, N. C., where it will be used to house employes of Consolidated Aircraft corporation. The extraordinary craft, which is a sort of apartment house built on the hull of the old naval monitor Amphitrite, was brought here from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it was used as a hotel, and the intention of its owners, the Amphitrite corporation, was to make similar use of it here. Local ordinances, however, prevented their putting their plan into effect and the vessel has been lying idle.
Image and text provided by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill, NC.
Photo by The Wilmington Morning Star.[volume] (Wilmington, N.C.) 1909-1990, 13 December 1942, FINAL EDITION, SECOND SECTION, Image 19, courtesy of
NR Army Takes "Floating Hotel"
Gone from the slip on the Potomac near Fourteenth and Main avenue is the 75-room "floating hotel," Amphitrite, which has been getting notices in the dailies here for months. Ever since it came lumbering up the coast from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to do its bit in relieving the Washington housing situation, it has had troubles galore. To get it remodelled and refurbished, its owners had to battle priorities. To get it moored, they had to scrap over rental rights. There were ruckus with public utilities, local officials and WPB. But that's all over now. The army has taken over. Shining like a millionaire's yacht, the "waterway hostel" was towed silently away. Destination, a military secret.
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo by The Key West Citizen. [volume] (Key West, Fla.) 1879-current, 01 February 1943, Image 3, courtesy of
NR Bridge Workers Hotel-Ship Approved on Fire Safety
The Anne Arundel County commissioners yesterday accepted a fire chief's report on a floating hotel for Chesapeake Bay bridge workers.
Chief Lawrence Myers of the Arnold Fire Department submitted the report for himself and four other area officials who inspected the hotel-ship Amphitrite at Sandy Point. It recommended nine minor changes to improve fire control aboard the beached vessel.
A Coast Guard official had reported the ship was "definitely a fire hazard." Chief Myers yesterday called it "entirely safe." The Amphitrite is a four-deck floating hotel with a steel hull and wooden superstructure. It now has 12 men aboard but expects to house about 100.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 07 June 1950, Image 15, courtesy of
(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

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