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The Miantonomoh: 1892

The Miantonomoh: 1892

The Hudson River, 1892. "U.S. double turret monitor Miantonomoh." Named after the Narragansett chief. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart. View full size.

 

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The continued use of Civil War-era technology helps to explain why the U. S. Navy was rated well below that of several nations which would not even make the Top Ten list today. It would not be until the early 20th Century that America began to catch up with the big boys. Having Teddy Roosevelt, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as president certainly aided its progress.

In and Out of Service

USS Miantonomoh (BM-5) was the second ship to carry the Narragansett sachem's name. She was one of four ships of the Amphitrite-class of monitors. She was commissioned and decommissioned four times during her life which has to be some sort of record for US Navy ships.

Low freeboard

Looking at that, you'd suspect the least wave would swamp it. However, it made it across the Atlantic and back.

[You're confusing this ship with the first Miantonomoh. - Dave]

Often overlooked.

As it were. In every sense. Yet somehow managed to survive 45 years (at least if you count from the launch date, not the 6-year-long - !! - fitting-out period)

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