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United States Navy Ships Illustrated 1898

Front Cover - The United States Navy Illustrated: 1898 Booklet

Front Cover, The United States Navy Illustrated. A New Series of Over Fifty Reproductions from Original Photographs. New York: The Continent Publishing Company, 1898 by W. J. Lawrence.

Listing of Ships Described in this Brochure

  • USS Indiana : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class
  • USS Iowa : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class
  • USS Massachusetts : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class
  • USS Oregon : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class
  • USS Maine : Armored Battle Ship of Second Class
  • USS Brooklyn : Armored Cruiser
  • USS New York : Armored Cruiser
  • USS Minneapolis : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Columbia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Texas : Armored Battle Ship of the Second Class
  • USS Baltimore : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Philadelphia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Newark : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Cincinnati : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Raleigh : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Boston : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS San Francisco : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Olympia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Kathdin : Harbor Defense Armored Ram
  • USS Atlanta : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Charleston : Unarmored Protected Cruiser
  • USS Detroit : Unarmored Cruiser
  • USS Marblehead : Unarmored Cruiser
  • USS Montgomery : Unarmored Cruiser
  • USS Vesuvius : Unarmored Dynamite Gunboat
  • USS Bancroft : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Bennington : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Castine : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Machias : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Concord : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Petrel : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Yorktown : Unarmored Gunboat
  • USS Dolphin : Unarmored Dispatch Boat
  • USS Puritan : Coast Defense Monitor
  • USS Terror : Coast Defense Monitor
  • USS Amphrite : Coast Defense Monitor
  • USS Miantonomoh : Coast Defense Monitor
  • USS Annapolis : Unarmored Composite Gunboat
  • Smaller Naval Vessels: Ericsson, Porter, Cushing and Stiletto
  • Not Shown: Illustrations of The Wisconsin, Alabama, Plunger, Illinois, Kentucky and Kearsarge that were being built at the time of publication.

USS INDIANA

USS INDIANA—Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class

Photograph: USS Indiana : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class.

Length 348 feet. Breadth 6914 feet. Mean draft 24 feet. Displacement 10,288 tons. Speed 15.547 knots per hour. Personnel 82 officers. 441 men. Cost $3,020.000.

The indications are that the battleship Indiana will procure a premium for her builders, the Wm. Cramp & Sons' Ship and Engine Building Company, of $100,000, will mean that she will make an average run of sixteen knots an hour, which will be one knot above her guaranteed speed.

The daily press thus describes her contractors' speed trial:

After passing outside the Capes, her course was changed, and she ran northward. The day was a perfect one for a sea trial. The route over which her trial runs were made was off Cape May and was between the Southwest Lightship, at the Five-Fathom Bank, to the Northeast Lightship, 9.65 nautical miles up the coast.

The ship was put over this course six times-three times in each direction. The turns were made at full speed, and the ship was practically under five hours' continuous steaming at high speed. There was no accident of any kind to the machinery or the ship; not a bearing became unduly heated, and everything worked so smoothly that even her builders were surprised.

The first runs were made with a natural draft. The averages were 14.02 and 14.12 knots, respectively. The engines averaged 122 revolutions, and as practically the same time was made going, returning the tidal effect was almost eliminated.

A moderate forced draft of half an inch air pressure was used for the subsequent runs, and the USS Indiana maintained an average of fifteen knots over this course. This is the speed called for in the contract with the Government. The last two runs were made under a forced draught of one-inch air pressure. This increased the average revolutions to 125, and a maximum of 128 was reached at one time.

One could feel only a slight vibration from engines or screws. A bow wave was pushed up until it covered the forward torpedo-tube with spray, but instead of diverging at a wide-angle, as was the case when the Columbia or the New York were speeded, it curved inboard and followed the lines of the ship. The ship made 15.6 knots on these last two runs.

The USS Indiana is the first of the three coast-line battleships authorized by the act of Congress, approved June 30, 1890, appropriating for the construction of three battleships at a cost not exceeding $4,000,000 each. Bids were opened October 1, 1890, and on November 19, 1890, contracts were awarded to the William Cramp & Sons' Ship and Engine Building Company, of Philadelphia, for two of these vessels at a contract price of $3,020,000 each, to be finished within precisely three years.

The hull will be protected by belts of heavy armor, eighteen inches thick at the maximum and seven and one-half feet wide, three feet above the water. This protection is to run along both sides of the vessel for a distance of 148 feet amidships, at the extremities of which the armor will turn in toward the centerline at an angle of forty-five degrees for the longitudinal length of twenty-four feet, affording total broadside protection of 196 feet, and passing around and supporting the armor for the 13-in. gun turrets.

On top of this side, armor is placed a steel deck, two and three-fourth inches thick, under which are the magazines and machinery. Above this belt of side armor and extending from redoubt to redoubt, armor is five inches thick, with a backing of ten feet of coal.

The vessel is cut up forward beneath the waterline, making a powerful ram bow. The easier lines so obtained diminish the bow wave and also added to the maneuvering qualities.

Between the turrets, for the 13-inch guns, there is a superstructure in which are placed the 6-inch guns, and above, or upon the deck erected thereon, are placed the 8-inch guns.

A battery of 6-pounders is arranged along the top of the hammock berthing and bridge, and 1-pounders are placed two forward and two aft, one on either side, on the berth deck. In the tops of the double topped military mast are four Gatling guns, two in each top.

The main battery will consist of four 13-inch, eight 8-inch, and four 6-inch breech-loading rifles. The secondary battery will contain twenty 6-pounder and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns and four Gatling guns.

There are six torpedo tubes—one bow, one stern, and four broadside, two on each side, just abaft and forward of the forward and after barbettes, respectively.

The four 13-inch guns are mounted in pairs in two barbette turrets forward and abaft the superstructure on the main deck. The lower part of these turrets, or barbette, has armor seventeen inches thick, while the armor of the turret proper that rises above the barbette is fifteen inches thick.

The 8-inch guns are mounted in pairs in four turrets of similar character, two on either side, on the forward and after extremities of the superstructure deck. The armor of the 8-inch gun turrets is six inches thick.

The four 6-inch guns, two on each side, are placed amidships on the main deck. The guns will have local protection in addition to splinter bulkheads, shields, and automatic shutters.

The 13-inch guns have a compelling arc of fire of 270 degrees. The guns are mounted about seventeen feet above the waterline. The 8-inch guns are about twenty-five feet above the waterline and are high enough to fire over the 13-inch turrets. These guns have an arc of action of 164 degrees.

The engines are of the twin-screw, vertical, triple-expansion, inverted cylinder type, the diameter of the cylinders being as follows: High pressure, 343 inches: intermediate pressure, 48 inches; low pressure, 75 inches, with a common stroke of 42 inches.

There are four double-ended boilers 18 feet long by 15 feet in diameter and two single-ended boilers (donkey) 81 feet long by 10 feet in diameter. Each boiler and engine is in a separate water-tight compartment to localize possible injury.

While the standard coal supply is 400 tons, there is a coal bunker capacity of 1800 tons.

The complement will consist of 460 officers and men.

USS IOWA

USS Iowa - Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class

Photograph: USS Iowa : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class.

Length 360 feet. Breadth 72 feet. 21 inches. Mean draft 24 feet. Displacement 11,340 tons. Speed 17.087 knots per hour. Personnel 36 officers. 469 men. Cost $3,010,000.

First-class battleship. Twin-screw. Length, 360 feet; breadth, 72 feet, 27 inches; draft, 24 feet displacement, 11,340 tons; speed on official trial. 17.08 knots. Main battery, four 12-inch and eight 8-inch breech-loading rifles, and six 4-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, twenty 6 pounder, and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. The thickness of armor, 14 inches. Thirty-six officers: 450 men. Contract price, $3,010,000.

USS MASSACHUSETTS

USS MASSACHUSETTS—Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class

Photograph: USS Massachusetts : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class.

Length 348 feet. Breadth 69 1/4 feet. Mean draft 24 feet. Displacement 10,288 tons. Speed 16.21 knots per hour. Personnel 32 officers. 441 men. Cost $3,020,000.

USS Massachusetts. First-class battleship. Twin-screw. Length on water-line, 348 feet; breadth, 69 feet, 3 inches; draft, 24 feet; displacement, 10,288 tons; speed, 16.2 knots Main battery, four 13-inch, eight 8-inch four 6-inch guns. Secondary battery, twenty 6-pounder, and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. Armor, 17, 10, and 8 inches over barbette, 17, 8 1/2 and 6 inches over turret; other armor. 18. 14, and 5 inches near the battery. Thirty-seven officers with a crew of 438. Cost, $3,020,000.

USS OREGON

USS OREGON—Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class

Photograph: USS Oregon : Sea-Going Coast Line Battle Ship of First Class.

Length 348 feet. Breadth 69 1/4 feet. Mean draft 24 feet. Displacement 10,288 tons. Speed 16.79 knots per hour. Personnel 32 officers. 441 men. Cost $3,180,000.

First-class battleship. Twin-screw. Commissioned July 15, 1896. Length. 348 feet; breadth, feet, 3 inches; draft, 24 feet; displacement, 10,288 tons; speed 16.79 knots. Main battery, four 13-inch, eight 8-inch, and four 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, twenty 6-pounder, and six 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. Armor on sides, 18 inches thick. Thirty-one officers; 441 men. Cost. $3.180,000; premium earned. $175.000.

USS MAINE

USS MAINE—Armored Battle Ship of Second Class

Photograph: USS Maine : Armored Battle Ship of Second Class.

Disposition: Destroyed in harbor of Havana, Cuba, February 15, 1898.

She was blown up in Havana Harbor, February 15, 1898. Second-class battleship. Twin-screw. Commissioned September 17, 1895 Length, 318 feet; breadth, 57 feet draft, 21 feet, 6 inches; displacement, 6,682 tons; speed, 17 1/2 knots. Main battery, four 10-inch, and six 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, seven 6-pounder, and eight 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. The thickness of armor, 12 inches. Thirty-four officers; 370 men. Contract price, $2,500,000.

USS BROOKLYN

USS BROOKLYN—Armored Cruiser.

Photograph: USS Brooklyn : Armored Cruiser.

Length 400 1/2 feet. Breadth 64 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Mean draft 24 feet. Displacement 9,215 tons. Speed 21.91 knots per hour. Personnel 46 officers. 476 men. Cost $2,986,000.

Armored cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned December 1, 1896. Length, 400 feet; breadth, 64 feet; draft 24 feet: displacement, 9,215 tons; speed, 21.91 knots. Main battery, eight 8-inch breech-loading rifles, and twelve 5-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, twelve 6-pounder, and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. Forty-six officers; 515 men. Cost, $2,986,000.

USS NEW YORK

USS NEW YORK—Armored Cruiser.

Photograph: USS New York : Armored Cruiser.

Length 380 feet, 6% inches. Breadth 64 feet, 10 inches. Mean draft 23 feet, 3% inches. Displacement 8,200 tons. Speed 21 knots per hour. Personnel 40 officers. 516 men. Cost $2,985,000

Armored cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned August 1, 1893. Length, 380 feet, 6 1/2 inches; breadth, 64 feet 10 inches; draft, 23 feet, 3 1/2 inches; displacement, 8,200 tons; speed, 21 knots. Main battery, six 8-inch breechloading rifles, and twelve 4-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, eight 6-pounder, and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. The thickness of armor, 4 inches. Forty officers; 526 men. Contract price, $2,985,000.

USS MINNEAPOLIS

USS MINNEAPOLIS--Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Minneapolis : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 412 feet. Breadth 5S feet, 24 inches. Mean draft 22 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Displacement 7,375 tons. Speed 23.073 knots per hour. Personnel 30 officers. 447 men. Cost $2,690,000.

Protected cruiser. Triple-screw. Commissioned December 13, 1894. Length, 412 feet; breadth, 58 feet, 2 1/2 inches; draft, 22 feet, 6 1/2 inches; displacement, 7,375 tons; speed, 23 knots. Main battery, one 8-inch breech-loading rifle, two 6-inch and eight 4-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, twelve 6-pounder, and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and four Gatlings. The thickness of the protective deck, 4 inches on slopes, 2 inches on the flat. Thirty-eight officers; 456 men. Cost, $2,690,000.

USS COLUMBIA

COLUMBIA—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Columbia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 412 feet. Breadth 58 feet, 21 inches. Mean draft 22 feet, 61 inches. Displacement 7,376 tons. Speed 22.8 knots per hour. Personnel 30 officers. 447 men. Cost $2,725,000.

USS TEXAS

USS TEXAS—Armored Battle Ship of the Second Class

Photograph: USS Texas : Armored Battle Ship of the Second Class.

Length 301 1/3 feet. Breadth 64 feet, 1 inch. Mean draft 22 1/2 feet. Displacement 6,315 tons. Speed 17.8 knots per hour. Personnel 30 officers. 359 men. Cost $2,500,000.

Second-class battleship. Twin-screw. Commissioned August 15, 1895. Length: 301 feet, 4 inches; breadth, 64 feet, 1 inch; draft, 22 feet 6 inches; displacement, 6,315 tons ; speed, 16 knots. Main battery, two 12-inch, and six 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, twelve 6-pounders, six 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, four 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. The thickness of armor, 12 inches. Thirty officers; 362 men. Contract price, $2,500,000.

USS BALTIMORE

USS BALTIMORE—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Baltimore : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 327 1/2 feet. Breadth 48 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Mean draft 19 1/2 feet. Displacement 4,413 tons. Speed 20.096 knots per hour. Personnel 36 officers. 350 men. Cost $1,325,000.

Protected cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned January 7, 1890. Length, 327 feet, 6 inches; breadth, 48 feet, 7 inches; draft, 19 feet, 6 inches; displacement, 4,413 tons; speed, 20 knots. Main battery, four 8-inch and six 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, four 6-pounder, two 3-pounder, two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, four 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. The thickness of the protective deck, 4 inches on the slope, 2 1/2 on the flat. Thirty-six officers: 350 men. Contract price, $1,325,000.

USS PHILADELPHIA

USS PHILADELPHIA—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Philadelphia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 327% feet. Breadth 48 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Mean draft 19 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Displacement 4,324 tons. Speed 19.678 knots1 per hour. Personnel 34 officers. 350 men. Cost $1,350,000.

Protected cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned July 28, 1890. Length, 327 feet, 6 inches; breadth, 48 feet, 75 inches; draft, 19 feet, 2 1/2 inches; displacement, 4,324 tons; speed, 19 1/2 knots. Main battery, twelve 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, four 6-pounder, four 3-pounder, two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, three 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and four Gatlings. The thickness of the protective deck, 4 inches on the slopes, 2 1/2 inches on the flat. Thirty-four officers: 350 men. Cost, $1,350,000.

USS Newark

USS NEWARK—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Newark : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 311 feet, 7 inches. Breadth 49 1-6 feet. Mean draft 18 feet, 9 inches. Displacement 4,098 tons. Speed 19 knots per hour. Personnel 34 officers. 350 men. Cost $1,248,000.

USS CINCINNATI

USS CINCINNATI—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Cincinnati : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 300 feet. Breadth 42 feet. Mean draft 18 feet. Displacement 3,213 tons. Speed (estimated) 19 knots per hour. Personnel 20 officers. Personnel 294 men. Cost $1,100,000.

Protected cruiser. Twin screw. Commissioned June 16 1894. Length. 300 feet breadth, 42 feet; draft, 18 feet displacement, 3.213 tons; speed, 19 knots.

USS RALEIGH

USS RALEIGH—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Raleigh : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 300 feet. Breadth 42 feet. Mean draft 18 feet. Displacement 3,213 tons. Speed (estimated) 19 knots per hour. Personnel 20 officers. Personnel 293 men. Cost $1,100,000.

Protected cruiser. Twin-Screw. Length, 300 feet; breadth, 42 feet; draft, 18 feet; displacement, 3,213 tons; speed, 19 knots. Main battery: one 6-inch gun and ten 5-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery: eight 6-pounder and four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns and 11 Gatlings. The protected deck, 2 1/2 inches thick. Twenty officers, 293 men. Cost, $1,100,000.

USS BOSTON

USS BOSTON—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Boston : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 271 1/4 feet. Breadth 42 feet, 13.4 inches. Mean draft 16 feet, 10 inches. Displacement 3,000 tons. Speed 15.60 knots per hour. Personnel 19 officers. 259 men. Cost $619,000.

Protected cruiser. Single screw. She was commissioned on May 2, 1887. Length, 271 feet, 3 inches; breadth, 42 feet, 1 1/2 inches; draft, 16 feet, 10 inches; displacement, 3,000 tons; speed, 15 1/2 knots. Main battery: six 6-inch and two 8-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery: two 6-pounder, two 3-pounder, two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, two 47-millimeter and two 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. The thickness of the protective deck, 1 1/2 inches on the slope and lat. Nineteen officers, 265 men. The contract price, $619.000.

USS SAN FRANCISCO

USS SAN FRANCISCO—Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS San Francisco : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 310 feet. Breadth 49 1/6 feet. Mean draft 18 3/4 feet. Displacement 4,098 tons. Speed 19.525 knots per hour. Personnel 33 officers. 350 men. Cost $1,428,000.

Protected cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned November 15, 1890. Length, 310 feet; breadth, 49 feet, 2 inches; draft, 18 feet, 9 inches; displacement, 4,098 tons. Speed, 19 1/2 knots. Main battery, twelve 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, four 8-pounder, four 3-pounder, two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, three 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving canons, and four Gatlings. The thickness of the protective deck, 3 inches on the slopes and 2 inches on the flat. Thirty-three officers, 350 men. Cost, $1.428.000.

USS OLYMPIA

USS Olympia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Olympia : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 340 feet. Breadth 53 feet, 5/8 inch. Mean draft 211 feet. Displacement 5,870 tons. Speed 21.686 knots per hour. Personnel 34 officers. 416 men. Cost $1,796,000.

USS KATAHDIN

USS Kathdin : Harbor Defense Armored Ram

Photograph: USS Kathdin : Harbor Defense Armored Ram.

Length 250 feet, 9 inches. Breadth 43 feet, 5 inches. Mean draft 15 feet. Displacement 2,155 tons. Speed 16.11 knots per hour. Personnel 7 officers. 90 men. Cost $930,000.

USS ATLANTA

USS Atlanta : Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Atlanta : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 271 1/4 feet. Breadth 42 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Mean draft 16 feet, 10 inches. Displacement 3,000 tons. Speed 15.60 knots per hour. Personnel 19 officers. 259 men. Cost $617,000.

Protected cruiser. Single screw. Commissioned July 19, 1886. Length, 271 feet, 3 inches; breadth, 42 feet, 1 1/2 inches; draft, 16 feet, 10 inches; displacement, 3,000 tons; speed, 15 1/2 knots. Main battery, six 6-inch, and two 8-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, two 6-pounder, two 3-pounder, four 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, two 47-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. The thickness of the protective deck, 1 1/2 inches on the slope and flat. Nineteen officers; 265 men. Contract price. $617,000.

USS CHARLESTON

USS Charleston : Unarmored Protected Cruiser

Photograph: USS Charleston : Unarmored Protected Cruiser.

Length 312 feet, 7 inches. Breadth 46 1-6 feet. Mean draft 18 feet, 7 inches. Displacement 3,730 tons. Speed 18.20 knots per hour. Personnel 20 officers. 286 men. Cost $1,017,500.

USS DETROIT

USS Detroit : Unarmored Cruiser

Photograph: USS Detroit : Unarmored Cruiser.

Length 257 feet. Breadth 37 feet. Mean draft 14 feet, 7 inches. Displacement 2,089 tons. Speed 18.71 knots per hour. Personnel 20 officers. 236 men. Cost $612,500.

USS MARBLEHEAD

USS Marblehead : Unarmored Cruiser

Photograph: USS Marblehead : Unarmored Cruiser.

Length 257 feet. Breadth 37 feet. Mean draft 14 feet, 7 inches. Displacement 2,089 tons. Speed 18.44 knots per hour. Personnel 20 officers. 228 men. Cost $674,000.

Unarmored cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned April 2, 1894. Length, 257 feet: breadth, 37 feet; draft, 14 feet, 7 inches; displacement, 2,089 tons. Speed, 19 knots. Main battery, nine 5-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, six 6-pounder, and two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and two Gatlings. Twenty officers; 254 men. Cost, $674,000.

USS MONTGOMERY

USS Montgomery : Unarmored Cruiser

Photograph: USS Montgomery : Unarmored Cruiser.

Length 257 feet. Breadth 37 feet. Mean draft 14 feet, 7 inches. Displacement 2,089 tons. Speed 19.05 knots per hour. Personnel 20 officers. 237 men. Cost $612,500.

Protected cruiser. Twin-screw. Length on the waterline, 257 feet; breadth, 37 feet; draft, 14 feet, 6 inches; displacement, 2,094 tons; speed, 17 knots. Main battery, two 6-inch, and eight 5-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, six 6-pounder, and two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, and 11 Gatlings. Water-tight steel deck, 11/16 inch thick. 13 officers; 228 men. Cost, $612,500.

USS VESUVIUS

USS Vesuvius : Unarmored Dynamite Gunboat

Photograph: USS Vesuvius : Unarmored Dynamite Gunboat.

Length 252 1/3 feet. Breadth 26 feet, 6 2/3 inches. Mean draft 10 feet, 71/2 inches. Displacement 929 tons. Speed 21.42 knots per hour. Personnel 6 officers. 63 men. Cost $350,000

Dynamite cruiser. Twin-screw. Commissioned June 7, 1890. Length 252 feet, 4 inches; breadth, 26 feet, 6 1/2 inches; draft, 10 feet. 7 1/2 inches; displacement, 929 tons; speed, 21 1/2 knots. Main battery, three dynamite guns, 15-inch caliber. Secondary battery, three 3-pounder rapid-fire guns. Six officers; 64 men. Cost, $350,000.

USS BANCROFT

USS Bancroft : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Bancroft : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 187 1/2 feet. Breadth 32 feet. Mean draft 12 1/6 feet. Displacement 839 tons. Speed 14.37 knots per hour. Personnel 10 officers. 113 men. Cost $250,000.

USS BENNINGTON

USS Bennington : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Bennington : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 230 feet. Breadth 36 feet. Mean draft 14 feet. Displacement 1,710 tons. Speed 17.5 knots per hour. Personnel 16 officers. 179 men. Cost $490,000.

USS CASTINE

USS Gastine : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Castine : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 204 feet. Breadth 32 feet, 1Y2 inches. Mean draft 12 feet. Displacement 1,177 tons. Speed 16.032 knots per hour. Personnel 11 officers. 140 men. Cost $318,500.

USS MACHIAS

USS Machias : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Machias : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 204 feet. Breadth 32 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Mean draft 12 feet. Displacement 1,777 tons. Speed 15.46 knots per hour. Personnel 11 officers. 140 men. Cost $318,500.

USS CONCORD

USS Concord : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Concord : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 230 feet. Breadth 36 feet. Mean draft 14 feet. Displacement 1,710 tons. Speed 16.8 knots per hour. Personnel 13 officers. 181 men. Cost $490,000.

USS PETREL

USS Petrel : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Petrel : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 176 1/4 feet. Breadth 31 feet. Mean draft 11 feet, 7 inches. Displacement 892 tons. Speed 11.79 knots per hour. Personnel 10 officers. 112 men. Cost $247,000.

Gunboat. Single screw. Commissioned December 10, 1889. Length, 176 feet, 3 inches; breadth, 31 feet; draft, 11 feet, 7 inches; displacement, 892 tons; speed, 12 knots. Main battery, four 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery: two 3-pounder and one 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, two 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. Ten officers; 122 men. Cost, $247,000.

USS YORKTOWN

USS Yorktown : Unarmored Gunboat

Photograph: USS Yorktown : Unarmored Gunboat.

Length 230 feet. Breadth 36 feet. Mean draft 14 feet. Displacement 1,710 tons. Speed 16.14 knots per hour. Personnel 14 officers. 181 men. Cost $455,000.

Gunboat. Twin-screw. Commissioned March 25, 1889. Length, 230 feet: breadth, 36 feet; draft, 14 feet; displacement, 1,700 tons; speed, 16 knots. Main battery, six 6-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, two 6-pounder, two 3-pounder, one 1-pounder rapid-fire guns, two 37-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. The thickness of armor, 3/8 inch on slope and flat. Fourteen officers; 178 men. Cost, $455,000.

USS DOLPHIN

USS Dolphin : Unarmored Dispatch Boat

Photograph: USS Dolphin : Unarmored Dispatch Boat.

Length 240 feet. Breadth 32 feet. Mean draft 141/4 feet. Displacement 1,486 tons. Speed 15.50 knots per hour. Personnel 7 officers. 110 men. Cost $315,000.

Dispatch boat. Single screw. Commissioned December 8, 1885. Length: 240 feet; breadth, 32 feet; draft, 14 feet, 3 inches; displacement, 1,486 tons; speed, 15 1/2 knots. Main battery, two 4-inch rapid-fire guns. Secondary battery, two 6-pounder rapid-fire guns, two 47-millimeter Hotchkiss revolving cannons, and two Gatlings. Seven officers: 108 men. Cost, $315,000.

USS PURITAN

USS Puritan : Coast Defense Monitor

Photograph: USS Puritan : Coast Defense Monitor.

Length 289 1/2 feet. Breadth 60 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Mean draft 18 feet. Displacement 6,060 tons. Speed 12.4 knots per hour. Personnel 22 officers. 208 men. Cost: Not Stated.

USS TERROR

USS Terror : Coast Defense Monitor

Photograph: USS Terror : Coast Defense Monitor.

Length 259 feet. Breadth 551/2 feet. Mean draft 141/2 feet. Displacement 3,990 tons. Speed 10.5 knots per hour. Personnel 26 officers. 151 men. Cost: Not Stated.

USS AMPHITRITE

USS Amphrite : Coast Defense Monitor

Photograph: USS Amphrite : Coast Defense Monitor.

Length 259 1/2 feet. Breadth 55 1/2 feet. Mean draft 14 1/2 feet. Displacement 3,990 tons. Speed 10.5 knots per hour. Personnel 13 officers 136 men. Cost: Not Stated.

USS MIANTONOMOH

USS Miantonomoh : Coast Defense Monitor

Photograph: USS Miantonomoh : Coast Defense Monitor.

Length 259 1/2 feet. Breadth 551 feet. Mean draft 14 1/2 feet. Displacement 3,990 tons. Speed 10.5 knots per hour. Personnel 13 officers. 136 men. Cost: Not Stated.

Double-turret monitor. Commissioned October 27, 1891. Length, 259 feet, 6 inches; breadth, 55 feet, 10 inches; draft, 14 feet, 6 inches; displacement, 3,990 tons; speed, 10 knots. Main battery, four 10-inch breech-loading rifles. Secondary battery, two 6-pounder, two 3-pounder, and two 1-pounder rapid-fire guns. The thickness of armor, 7 inches. Thirteen officers; 136 men.

USS ANNAPOLIS

USS Annapolis : Unarmored Composite Gunboat

Photograph: USS Annapolis : Unarmored Composite Gunboat.

Length 168 feet. Breadth 36 feet. Mean draft 12 feet. Displacement 1,000 tons. Speed 13.17 knot, per hour. Personnel 11 officers. 124 men. Cost $227,700.

Smaller Naval Vessels

USS Ericsson : Steel Torpedo Boat

USS Ericsson

Steel Torpedo Boat

USS Porter : Steel Torpedo Boat

USS Porter

Steel Torpedo Boat

USS Cushing : Steel Torpedo Boat

USS Cushing

Steel Torpedo Boat

USS Stiletto : Wood Torpedo Boat.

USS Stiletto

Wood Torpedo Boat

 

Booklet Publication Information

  • Title: The United States Navy Illustrated: A New Series of Over Fifty Reproductions from Original Photographs
  • Published by: The Continent Publishing Company, New York
  • Copyright: 1898 by W. J. Lawrence
  • Printed Pages: 33
  • Total Number of Photographs: 42
  • Total Number of Illustrations: 7
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