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Miantonomoh II (Monitor)

(ScStr: dp. 3,990; l. 263'1"; b. 55'4"; dr. 14'6"; s. 10.5 k. (tl.); cpl. 150; a. 4 10" blr., 2 4" rf., 2 6‑pdrs.; cl. Amphitrite)

A leader of the Narragansett Indians, and nephew of the noted Narrangansett chief, Canonicus.


The second Miantonomoh, an iron‑hulled, twin‑screw, double‑turreted monitor, was laid down by John Roach & Son, Chester, Pa., in 1874; launched 5 December 1876; and commissioned in an uncompleted condition 6 October 1882, Comdr. Francis J. Higginson in command.

Miatonomoh steamed from Philadelphia to Washington and thence to New York where she decommissioned 13 March 1883. Completed at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, between 1883 and 1891, the "New Navy" monitor commissioned 27 October 1891, Capt. Montgomery Sicard in command.

During the next year Miantonomoh cruised the east coast between New York and Charleston. Late in 1892 she was laid up at New York, but between 1892 and 1895 she supported fleet target practice and served the naval militias of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She decommissioned at Philadelphia 20 November 1895.

After the sinking of battleship Maine in Havana harbor 15 February 1898, Miantonomoh recommissioned 10 March 1898, Capt. Mortimer L. Johnson in command. On 21 April the United States and Spain severed diplomatic ties, and the following day President William McKinley ordered Rear Adm. William T. Sampson to blockade ports on the northern coast of Cuba.

After fitting out at Charleston, S.C., Miantonomoh joined the blockading force 5 May to serve until the blockade was lifted 14 August, the day after hostilities ceased. Miantonomoh returned to Charleston 29 August and to Philadelphia 1 October. She decommissioned at League Island 8 March 1899.

Miantonontoh remained in reserve until 1906 when she was loaned to the Maryland Naval Militia. She recominissioned at Philadelphia 9 April 1907, Chief Boatswain Eugene M. Isaacs in command. For the next several months she operated out of Norfolk and participated in the Jamestown Exposition commemorating the tercentenary of the first permanent English settlement in America. Returning to League Island 4 December, she decommissioned 21 December.

Laid up at Philadelphia until 17 December 1915, Miantonomoh was then authorized for use as a target by the 5th Naval District. Her name was struck from the Navy list 31 December 1915, and her hulk sold to J. G. Hitner and W. F. Cutler of Philadelphia 26 January 1922.

Published: Mon Aug 10 10:06:59 EDT 2015