USS Dictator
Civil War Union Naval Ship

USS Dictator (1864-1883)

USS Dictator , a 4438-ton single-turret seagoing monitor built at New York City, was commissioned in November 1864. Construction problems with her powerplant kept her initial service relatively brief and inactive, and she was decommissioned in September 1865 at the League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dictator was recommissioned in July 1869 for service with the North Atlantic Fleet, but was again laid up in June 1871. Her final period of commissioned service service lasted from January 1874 until June 1877 and was also spent in the Atlantic coast area. After six years "in ordinary" at League Island, USS Dictator was sold for scrapping in September 1883.

Watercolor by Oscar Parkes.
Courtesy of Dr. Oscar Parkes, London, England, 1936

Line engraving, published in "The Soldier in Our Civil War"

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Engraving published in "Harper's Weekly", 3 February 1866 as part of a larger print entitled "The Iron-clad Navy of the United States.

View on deck, looking aft on the starboard side, while the ship was off an east coast Navy yard, circa the 1870s.
Note the elevated wooden wheelhouse atop the turret.
The original photograph is the right side of a stereograph pair published by the Littleton View Company, Littleton, New Hampshire, under the title "Man of War"

View on deck, looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was off an east coast Navy yard, circa the 1870s.
Note the lightweight "flying deck" and bridge wings, wooden pilothouse mounted atop the gun turret, muzzle of a XV-inch Dahlgren gun visible in the turret gunport, davits, stanchions, and wooden boxes on deck.

Engraved plan of the ship's transverse section amidships, through the center of her gun turret.
Published in "The Artizan", 1 October 1867.
Note the XV" Dahlgren smoothbore gun in the turret, turret training gears, and the laminated iron armor on Dictator 's hull, turret and conning tower.



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