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Online Library of Selected Images
Ships of the Spanish-American War--
Modern U.S. Navy Monitors

The U.S. Navy employed six modern monitors during the Spanish-American War. The two Pacific Coast ships were sent to the Philippines in June 1898 to reinforce Dewey's squadron. Despite having the limited steaming range and seakeeping abilities of ships designed for coastal defense missions, the other four actively operated in the Caribbean area on patrol, blockade and bombardment duties. These six monitors had been completed earlier in the 1890s and continued in naval service until after the First World War.

This page features views of all six modern monitors.

If better quality reproductions than these digital images are desired, see "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

In all cases, clicking on the small photograph will prompt a larger view of the same image.

Photo #: NH 60696

USS Puritan (BM-1)


Photographed circa 1896-99.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 56,648 bytes; 740 x 566 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 58949

USS Amphitrite (BM-2)


At the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA, during the 1890s.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 54,950 bytes; 740 x 585 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 70502

USS Monadnock (BM-3)


Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, June 1898, ready for her voyage to the Philippines. The old monitor USS Camanche (1864-1899) is visible beyond Monadnock's after turret.

Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 52,990 bytes; 740 x 626 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 60659

USS Monadnock (BM-3)


At sea between San Francisco, CA, and Manila, Philippine Islands, circa June-August 1898. Photographed from USS Nero (1898-1922), her escort on the trans-Pacific voyage.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 57,165 bytes; 740 x 538 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 61248

USS Terror (BM-4)


Photographed by Hart, off New York City, 23 April 1897.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 41,354 bytes; 740 x 521 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 47015

USS Terror (BM-4)


View looking forward, with her forecastle awash, while steaming from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 26 July 1898.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 56,808 bytes; 740 x 534 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 60649

USS Miantonomoh (BM-5)


Photograph taken circa 1907, probably off Norfolk, VA. Note four-masted schooners in the background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 51,892 bytes; 740 x 547 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 45702

USS Monterey (BM-6)


Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, during the 1890s.

Copied from the Journal of Naval Cadet C.R. Miller, USN, page 51.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 53,320 bytes; 740 x 575 pixels

 

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19 February 1998