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Monadnock (CMc-4) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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S.S. Cavalier

The future USS Monadnock (CMc-4) off the Southern Railway Piers at Portsmouth, Va., on 22 August 1939.
Note the absence of masts and cargo booms fore and aft and the two open side-loading ports amidships through which she loaded her cargo of vehicles and parcels.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Monadnock (CMc-4)

Near the Boston Navy Yard on 4 December 1941 two days after commissioning.
Note the single light mast forward and the raised poop over the mine chutes in the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-25325
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Miantonomah (CMc-5)

Near the Boston Navy Yard on 27 December 1941 four days before completing conversion.
Her appearance is almost identical to that of her sister Monadnock.
Photo No. 19-N-26600
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Miantonomah (CM-10)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 10 October 1942 after a refit that produced only minor changes in her appearance.

Photo No. 19-N-35889
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Miantonomah (CM-10)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 10 October 1942. Note the configuration of the two small mine chutes in the stern.

Photo No. 19-N-35891
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Miantonomah (CM-10)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 29 April 1944 after a major reconfiguration of her minelaying facilities.
Two new mine rails with large chutes in sponsons have been added outboard of the original two rails, whose chutes have been reconfigured and lowered. Other modifications include the addition of a lattice radar mast just forward of the stack.

Photo No. 19-N-67252
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Miantonomah (CM-10)

Near the Norfolk Navy Yard on 29 April 1944 after a major reconfiguration of her minelaying facilities.
Note the conspicuous, low-hanging sponsons for the two new mine rails aft.

Photo No. 19-N-67250
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Monadnock (ACM-10)

Photographed from USS Holland (ARG-18, ex AS-3) at Sasebo, Japan, in October 1945 with a 173-foot PC alongside.
The stern does not show the large sponsons aft added to her sister in 1944 and she probably did not receive this alteration. Her foremast has been moved to a position behind the bridge, probably during her conversion in mid-1945 to an auxiliary minelayer (ACM) and minesweeper support ship.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (Stillwater collection)

 
USS Monadnock (ACM-10)

Probably at San Francisco shortly after her return there in April 1946.
Note the foremast in its new position behind the bridge, the new 40mm quadruple mount forward, and the extreme weathering to the hull paint on the bow.

Photo No. None
Source: Copyright Atlantic Fleet Sales (Nobe Smith), used with permission.