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Photo # NH 60211:  French monitor Onondaga at Brest, France

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-- SHIPS of the FRENCH NAVY --

Onondaga (Coast Defense Monitor, 1867-1903)

Onondaga, a 2592-ton twin-turret monitor, was formerly the U.S. Navy ship of the same name. No longer needed by her original owners after the end of the American Civil War, she was sold to France in March 1867 and had a long career as a unit of that nation's Navy. She was rearmed in French service, receiving 9.4-inch rifled guns in place of her U.S. battery of eight-inch Parrott rifles and XV-inch Dahlgren smoothbores. Onondaga, whose iron hull helped to make her the longest-lived of the larger American-built Civil War era monitors, was scrapped in about 1903-1904.

This page features our only view of the French coast defense monitor Onondaga.

For views of this ship while she was in U.S. Navy service, see:

  • USS Onondaga (1864-1867).

    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

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    Photo #: NH 60211

    Onondaga
    (French Coast-Defense Monitor, 1867)

    At Brest, France, circa the later 1860s or the 1870s.
    She was originally the USS Onondaga, commissioned in 1864 and sold to France in 1867.

    Courtesy of William H. Davis.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 58KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     

    For views of this ship while she was in U.S. Navy service, see:

  • USS Onondaga (1864-1867).


    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."


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