Warship Wednesday June 6
Here at LSOZI, we are going to take out every Wednesday for a look at the old steampunk navies of the 1866-1938 time period and will profile a different ship each week.
– Christopher Eger
Warship Wednesday, June 6
Here we have the ironclad monitor USS Montauk pasting a rebel blockade runner.
Before 1861, an armored warship was a curiosity. After 1862, they were the only legitimate warship afloat. One of these was the USS Montauk. Built in Brooklyn and commissioned at New York on 14 December 1862, she went right into battle. Within a month she was battling it out with rebel seacoast defense positions at Fort McAllister, Georgia. Although hit 14 times, Montauk was undamaged. The ironclad made a second attack the next day, badly battering the fort; and Montauk was hit 48 times but still capable of fighting. She later sank the blockade runner Rattlesnake, bombarded Fort Sumter, and helped attack Fort Wagner.
Most famously she was at the Washington Naval Yard at the close of the war and Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Boothe was brought for autopsy aboard along with several of the other captured conspirators.
Her war finished, the ironclad was retained in ordinary commission for more than four decades. She was brought out of retirement at age 36 during the Spanish American War to serve as a coast defense ship when it was thought the Spanish fleet would attack the US east coast. Finally in 1904 she was scrapped.
Type: Ironclad monitor
Displacement: 750 long tons (760 t)
Length: 200 ft (61 m) o/a
Beam: 46 ft (14 m)
Draft: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
Installed power: 320 ihp (240 kW)
Propulsion: 1 × Ericsson vibrating lever engine
2 × Martin boilers
1 × shaft
Speed: 7 kn (8.1 mph; 13 km/h)
Complement: 75 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 15 in (380 mm) smoothbore, 1 × 11 in (280 mm) smoothbore
Armor (all iron plate):
Side: 3–5 in (7.6–13 cm)
Turret: 11 in (28 cm)
Pilothouse: 8 in (20 cm)
Deck: 1 in (2.5 cm)