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Arkansas Class Monitor: Displacement 3,225 tons. Dimensions, 255 x 50 x 12.5 feet/77.75 x 15.24 x 3.81 meters. Armament 1 dual "12/40", 4 single "4/50", 3 6-pound. Armor, Harvey: 5-11 inch belt, 9-11 inch barbettes, 9-10 inch turrets, 7.5 inch CT. Machinery, VTE engines, 4 boilers, 2 shafts, 2,400 hp, Speed, 12.5 Knots, Crew 220.

Operational and Building Data: Built by Bath Iron Works, ME. Laid down 17 April 1899, launched as Connecticut on 24 November 1900, renamed Nevada 1, 1901, commissioned 5 March 1903. Renamed Tonopah on 2 March 1909. Operated as a submarine tender, probably starting circa 1913-1914; was based at Bermuda, Azores and Lisbon, Portugal at various times.
Fate: Decommissioned for disposal 1/1919. Designation BM 8 assigned 17 July 1920. Sold for scrapping 26 January 1922.

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(From drawings made by the Bureau of Construction and Repair, Navy Department.)
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 September 1898, Image 8, via
Monitors177k"U.S. Monitors Arkansas (M-7), Connecticut (M-8), Florida (M-9) and Wyoming (M-10)".
Pen and ink side elevation and plan view, by the Bureau of Construction and Repair. These monitors (numbers 7-10, respectively) were built under the 1898 ship construction program.Connecticut was renamed Nevada in January 1901, after launching but more than two years before completion.
U.S. Naval Historical Center photo # NH 61879.
Christened With American Champagne' by Congressman Boutelle's Daughter.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 25 November 1900, Image 23, 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.
NEVADA 479k Gunless Nevada (M-8) on 8 July 1902. USN photo # 19-A from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
NEVADA790k120-ton Derrick with Gun of Nevada (M-8) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 8 July 1903. National Archives Identifier:52555659
Local Identifier: 181-V-0270
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NEVADA1.35k120-ton Derrick with Turret of Nevada (M-8) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, 8 July 1903. National Archives Identifier:52555667
Local Identifier: 181-V-0274
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Photo courtesy of The Washington Times. (Washington [D.C.] 1902-1939, 28 August 1905, Evening, Image 1, via
NEVADA 148k Post card of the Nevada (M-8) at anchor at New London, Conn., in 1905. Photo by Robert Enrique Muller Jr, courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Birds-eye View Showing Position of Fleet in Naval Review at Oyster Bay.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo & text by The Salt Lake Herald. (Salt Lake City [Utah) 1870-1909, 04 September 1906, Image 7, courtesy of
ARKANSAS 1.69k Arkansas (M-7) & Nevada (M-8) at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 26 October 1906. What looks to be the monitor Puritan (BM-1) is on the left. National Archives Identifier: 52556195
Local Identifier: 181-V-0603
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1.32k U.S. Monitor Nevada (M-8), copyright by Enrique Muller in 1907. Divided back cards were manufactured between 1907 to 1915. Postcard manufacturer Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco.Photo courtesy of James Bass.
PURITAN, NEVADA & FLORIDA 58k The monitors (front to back, left side) Puritan (BM-1), Nevada (M-8), & Florida (M-9) with the cruisers (front to back, right side) Denver (C-14), Cleveland (C-19), & Tacoma (C-18), steam in line abreast, circa probably mid-late 1900's. USNI / USN photo.
Holland 755k Norfolk VA, Brown Avenue 26 October 1908. On the left is an Arkansas class monitor. Moving right there are several torpedo boats, then an A-class submarine, probably Moccasin (SS-5) along with the Holland (SS-1). Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Dave Johnston (USNR) from NARA.
Tonopah 699k Tonopah (M-8) with 2 submarines alongside in Galveston, Texas, August 1912.
The submarine on the left is an E-boat (SS-24 /25), boat to the right is D-1 (SS-17). There are two unknown boats behind them.
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedmen.
Photographer: Paul Verkin.
National Archives Identifier: 45513822
Local Identifier: 165-WW-338B-64.
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Tonopah 73k Tonopah (M-8) heading out to sea, circa 1914? USN photo courtesy of 'U.S. Warships of WW1' by Paul Silverstone, courtesy of Mike Green.
Tonopah 995k Key West Depot, Florida. Tonopah (M-8) North by East, 75', 23 February 1914.
Alongside is one of her charges, probably E-1 (SS-24).
There is a "1" on the conning tower fairwater that could be part of a "2" over "1" for Squadron identifier that the E-1 is known to have worn. Channel and marker buoys are in the foreground. 3 "spar" buoys are laying on anchor chains in right foreground.
Photo i.d. & text courtesy of Ric Hedman.
National Archives Identifier: 45698810
Local Identifier: 26-LG-32-38D
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1.57k U.S. Monitor Tonopah (M-8), at Key West Depot, Florida on the 23 of February, 1914.National Archives Identifier: 45698806
Local Identifier: 26-LG-32-38B
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Tonopah 1.21k Tonopah (M-8) on 10 May 1915 moored to the 135th Street pier in New York after the Presidential Review for President Wilson. The sub to the right is the E-1 (SS-24). Insert photo via Ric Hedman.
Photo # 19118v courtesy of Library of Congress.
Public interest in the naval review in the Hudson River has been vastly augmented by the disaster to the Lusitania. The picture shows the throng viewing the Tonopah (M-8) and awaiting passage on the boats that make the tour of the fleet.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo courtesy of Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 11 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 1, via
BB-17 Rhode Island539k"Eager crowds viewing the submarines at the foot of 135TH street with the Rhode Island (BB-17) in mid stream."
The submarine tender is the Tonopah (M-8).
Photo i.d. courtesy of Ric Hedman.
Photo by H.H. Russell, courtesy of
Text courtesy of N.Y. Times, 16 May 1915, Page 1.
Tonopah 508k Youthful Visitors Disporting In Crow's Nest of Monitor Tonopah (M-8) In North River.
In the great review of the Atlantic fleet in the North river the first detachment to arrive and attract attention was composed of the submarine flotilla and its mother ship the monitor Tonopah. Thousands of persons lined Riverside drive and when the word went about that visitors would be allowed aboard the Tonopah, hundreds of youngsters, after getting on board climbed the rigging and soon were in all parts of the ship. In the accompanying illustration the youngsters are shown in high glee watching one of the crew signalling to another boat in the river. It was a day of days for the kiddies. They enjoyed every minute of their stay.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo courtesy of The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 22 May 1915, Image 1, via
Tonopah 701k New York Navy Yard on 4 November 1915. Waterfront, Looking Southeast from South Side of Pier F:
Two former monitors, converted to submarine tenders appear one behind the other. The Tonopah (M-8) is most likely the 1st ship & the Ozark (M-7) the other. Their charges are 4 K class submarines in camouflage; (in no particular order that can be determined here) K-1 (SS-32), K-2 (SS-33), K-5 (SS-36) & K-6 (SS-37). What appear to be 3 submarines are moored port side of the Ozark in the photo here.
National Archives Identifier: 6880309
Agency-Assigned Identifier: F644 N266
Photo I.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn & Ric Hedman.
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This interesting photograph was taken within the Charlestown Navy Yard, where the United States submarine tender Tonopah (M-8) lies at anchor with her undersea charges, comprising submarine fleet No.3, of the North Atlantic fleet.
Probable submarines are the E.B. designed L-boats (SS-40 / 43 & 49 / 51), [L-1 thru 4 & 9 thru 11.]
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger.(Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 02 June 1917, Postscript Edition, Pictorial Section, Image 19, via
 Tonopah, L 9 & 11 96k View on the Tonopah's (M-8) foredeck, showing 12" guns and crewmen, taken while she was serving as submarine tender at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, circa 1917. Submarines alongside are L-11 (SS-51) and L-9 (SS-49). Note the workbench, with vise attached, in the left foreground. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 45438.
Tonopah 65k A Mackay style camouflage Tonopah (M-8) taken while she was serving as submarine tender at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 21 December 1917. The submarine alongside is probably an early L-boat; L-1 (SS-40) or L-4 (SS-43). (Note the misspelling in the caption). USN photo courtesy of National Park Service, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS cat. no. BOSTS-14445, submitted by Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard. Photo i.d. courtesy of Aryeh Wetherhorn.
Tonopah 64k Tonopah (M-8) in the harbor at Ponta Delgada, Azores, in April 1918. She is painted in what appears to be Mackay type camouflage. Photo taken from Margaret (SP-527) by Raymond D. Borden. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 42515, submitted by Robert Hurst.
Tonopah 344k Post card of the Tonopah (M-8), date and place unknown. USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Tonopah 794k Tonopah (M-8) photographed circa 1919 by R.E. Wayne in what was then Spalato (today, Split, Croatia). In the background is a little hill named Sustipan (Sustjepan).Text info courtesy of Zomudrin.
Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 45434 from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy via
Tonopah 703k Tonopah (M-8) in Drydock No. 2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, December 1919.Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 55115 via Mike Green.
(NISMF)371kA 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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