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The U.S.S. Monterey in Sea Trials

By Patrick McSherry

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The image shows the forward deck of the MONTEREY while she was undergoing sea trials in San Francisco Bay in January of 1893. The deck is awash because she is in "fighting trim." The vessel was provided with trim tanks that, when filled with water, would lower the vessel in the water until she had only a few inches of freeboard. This would reduce her size as a target, and the water would act as "additional armor" protecting her below decks. The shed-like structure was a temporary structure built over the forward hatch.

U.S.S. Monterey in Fighting trim


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Alden, Cmdr. John D., USN (Ret.), American Steel Navy, (Annapolis: United States Naval Institute Press, 1972) 95.

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