USS Arkansas Monitor

USS Arkansas (BM-7)


Arkansas- class monitor

Keel Laid:

November 14, 1899


3,225 long tons


255 feet, 1 inch


50 feet


12.5 knots


220 Officers and Men


Being the second USS Arkansas, this single-turreted monitor was one of the last monitors built for the United States Navy. Laid down in November of 1899, it took little less than a year to build Arkansas, but was not commissioned until October 28, 1902. One of Arkansas’s first duties was as an instruction and cruise ship for midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. Afterwords, Arkansas was assigned to the Coast Squadron, North Atlantic Fleet, cruising around the east coast, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Caribbean.

After serving as Arkansas for nearly seven years, in March of 1909, the vessel was renamed USS Ozark. At that point, Ozark was assigned to the District of Columbia Naval Militia from 1910 to 1913. Later that year Ozark was refitted in Norfolk, Virginia, as a submarine tender. Transferring to the Atlantic Fleet in 1915, Ozark operated in the Chesapeake Bay area. During World War I Ozark was attached to Submarine Division 6, and patrolled in the Gulf of Mexico. After the war, Ozark stayed in the Gulf of Mexico. Ozark went back to dry dock in June of 1919. After which Ozark was decommissioned in Philadelphia in August. Three years later, Ozark was sold.