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Ships of the California Naval Militia
USS Camanche
 
CAMANCHE, a monitor, was built in 1863 by Secor Brothers, Jersey City, N.J. and disassembled and shipped to California on board the AQUILA, which sank at her dock in San Francisco 14 November 1863. Salvaged from AQUILA's hulk, CAMANCHE was assembled at San Francisco, launched 14 November 1864; and commissioned 22 August 1865, with Lieutenant Commander C. J. McDougal in command.
 
Laid up at Mare Island throughout most of her career, CAMANCHE served as a training ship for the California Naval Militia in 1896 and 1897 She was sold at Mare Island 22 March 1899.
 
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Specifications
 Type  Monitor
 Displacement  800 tons
 Length  200 feet
 Beam  46 feet
 Draft  11 feet
 Complement  76
 Armament.  2 x 15 inch smoothbore cannons
 Class  PASSAIC
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