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BB-7 USS ILLINOIS



Illinois Class Battleship: Displacement 11,565 Tons, Dimensions, 375' 4" (oa) x 72' 3" x 25' 10" (Max), Armament 4 x 13"/35 14 x 6"/40, 4 x 18" tt, Armor, 16" 1/2 Belt, 14" Turrets, 4 " Decks, 10" Conning Tower,Machinery, 10,000 IHP; 2 vertical, Inverted, triple expansion engines, 2 screws, Speed, 16 Knots, Crew 536.

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by Newport News, Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA., on February 10, 1897. Launched October 4, 1898, Commissioned September 16, 1901. Decommissioned August 4, 1909, Recommissioned April 15, 1912, Decommissioned May 15, 1920, to New York State, Naval Militia, October 25, 1921, Reclassified IX-15, June 26, 1922. Used as decked over drill ship until 1955. Renamed Prairie State, January 23, 1941. Stricken March 26, 1956.
Fate: Sold May 18, 1956 and broken up for scrap.

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1897 - 1901

BB-7 Illinois 48k African American men operating a metal punching machine at a ship building plant punching single bars for U.S. battleship Illinois (BB-7), 1898. Digital ID: # 3b41713r, LC-USZ62-95566. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, from the George Grantham Bain Collection.
BB-51.27kOUR NEW BATTLESHIPS.
KEARSARGE (BB-5), KENTUCKY (BB-6), ILLINOIS (BB-7), ALABAMA (BB-8) & WISCONSIN (BB-9)
Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Richmond Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1884-1903, 26 June 1898, Image 11, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 648k THE NEXT NATIONAL CHRISTENING
The most diplomatic reply on record was made by Miss Leiter to the W.C.T.U. when that organization requested her to christen the new battleship Illinois (BB-7) with water; I will leave the matter with Gov. Tanner, who appointed me, said this Chicago lady, for he undoubtedly understands best the sentiments of the state."
Image and text provided by West Virginia University.
Photo & text by The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. (Wheeling, W. Va.) 1865-1903, 21 September 1898, Image 6, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 1.08k THE NEW BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) TO BE LAUNCHED ON TUESDAY AT NEWPORT NEWS. Image and text provided by Library of Virginia; Richmond, VA.
Photo from Richmond Dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1884-1903, 02 October 1898, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 181k Launching day, Newport News, Virginia, 4 October 1898. LOC/USN photo.
BB-7 Illinois 1.51k BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) GLIDES INTO THE WATER AT NEWPORT NEWS
MISS LEITER IS SPONSOR And Christens the Biggest and Most Powerful Warship of the United States Navy.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.] 1893-1900, 05 October 1898, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 626k One good turn deserves another.
BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) GLIDES INTO THE WATER AT NEWPORT NEWS
MISS LEITER IS SPONSOR And Christens the Biggest and Most Powerful Warship of the United States Navy.
Photo via Huntington Ingalls Industries' photostream.
BB-7 Illinois 931k Miss Nannie Letter, who christened the battleship Illinois (BB-7) launched at Newport News yesterday. Image and text provided by State Historical Society of Missouri; Columbia, MO.
Photo by Kansas City Journal. (Kansas City, Mo.) 1897-1928, 05 October 1898, Image 7, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 3.38k BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) LAUNCHED AT THE NEWPORT NEWS YARD
Vast Throng Sees The Christening of the American Navy's Most Powerful Fighting Machine
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 05 October 1898, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 707k The launching of the battleship Illinois (BB-7). Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by The Times. (Washington [D.C.] 1897-1901, 05 October 1898, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 769k THE NEW BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7)
Successful Launching of the Great Fighting Sea Monster at Newport News, Va.
MANY PEOPLE OF PROMINENCE PRESENT.
Image and text provided by Indiana State Library.
Photo from The Jasper Weekly Courier. (Jasper, Ind.) 1858-1922, 14 October 1898, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 2.28k The building of a battleship; various views of the Illinois (BB-7) under construction in 1898. Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by The Ogden Standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1902-1910, 22 January 1910, Part Two, Image 15, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 47k Illinois (BB-7) as completed, line drawing by A.D. Baker III. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-7 Illinois 44k Inboard profile of Illinois (BB-7) as completed. Photo and text courtesy of U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.
BB-7 Illinois 4.08k AMERICA AND ENGLAND CAN WHIP THE WORLD
The Illinois (BB-7) is pictured on the right.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The Herald. (Los Angeles [Calif.] 1893-1900, 04 December 1898, Image 17, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 1.89k NEW BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) EXCEEDS CONTRACT SPEED
Successful Builders' Trial Trip Held and Sixteen and Two Tenths Knots Recorded.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo by The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 13 March 1901, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 656k THE UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7)
Which will have its official trial trip to-day.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 12 June 1901, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 656k ON HER TRIAL TRIP
Battleship Illinois (BB-7) Proves to Be the Speediest of Her Class in the World.
A NEW RECORD WAS MAINTAINED.
She Made an Average Speed of 17.81 Knots for Four Consecutive Hours Wednesday.
Image and text provided by University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
Photo by Daily Public Ledger. (Maysville, Ky.) 1892-191?, 13 June 1901, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 1.58k THE UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7)
MAP OF TRIAL COURSE
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah] 1867-1920, 17 June 1901, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 915k THE RECORD BREAKING RACE OF THE ILLINOIS (BB-7)
THE BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS THE FINEST WARSHIP AFLOAT
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo by The New Enterprise. (Madison, Fla.) 1901-1908, 05 September 1901, Image 2, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 122k Fitting out at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, Newport News, Virginia, circa 1901, soon after she ran her trials. The number "17.31" painted on her after turret proclaims the speed achieved on the trial run. Note the numbers on her hull side, and the broom lashed to her foremast peak. Photograph # 19-N-1-6-13 from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
1900's
BB-7 Illinois 96k Capt. George Albert Converse commanded the battleship Illinois (BB-7) from 1901 to 1903. He was the first commanding officer of the Illinois.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
BB-7 Illinois 125k Ship's officers and crew, 7 October 1901. Her Commanding Officer, Captain George A. Converse, is seated in a chair by the capstan. Photograph copyrighted by M.W. Tennant, Newport News Va. Photo # NH 53221, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo i.d. courtesy of Art Shippee.
BB-7 Illinois 76k Underway in harbor, circa 1901-1907. Photograph # NH 73783, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
BB-7 Illinois 93k In a harbor, circa 1901-1908. Photograph # NH 60633, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
BB-7 Illinois 65k Circa 1901-1912. Port Side. Note the side by side stack arraignment. USN photo.
BB-7 Illinois 88k Preparing to dock the New Orleans Naval Station, Louisiana, circa January 1902. USN photo, courtesy of US Naval Academy Library, Annapolis, Maryland.
BB-7 Illinois 75k In the new floating drydock at New Orleans Naval Station, Louisiana, 6 January 1902. The original caption reads: " Illinois (BB-7) was placed in the new New Orleans floating dry dock to test her capabilities (the dry dock's). At two o'clock the huge ship stood high and dry on the keel blocks." Photograph # NH 68863, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
BB-7 Illinois 1.30k As she looked while testing the great new floating dock at New Orleans on 10 January.
The Illinois (BB-7) will be the flagship of the United States naval squadron at the launching of the Kaiser's yacht.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 26 January 1902, Image 31, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 102k In the new floating drydock at the New Orleans Naval Station, Louisiana, circa January 1902. Hand-tinted postal card, published by J. Scordill, New Orleans. Photograph # NH 93708-KN, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
BB-7 Illinois 2.44k SCENES CONNECTED WITH THE ARRIVAL OF PRINCE HENRY
MANNING THE TOPS ON THE BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7)
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 24 February 1902, Image 3, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 44k A buff white Illinois (BB-7) anchored with other ships of the Atlantic fleet, possibly from 15 to 28 February 1902 when she served as flagship for Rear Admiral R. D. Evans during the reception for Prince Henry of Prussia. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst. Text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-7 Illinois 2.61k THE UNITED STATES BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) JUST BEFORE SAILING
ADMIRAL CROWNINSHIELD STARTS FOR THE CORONATION CEREMONY
Bearing the flag of Rear Admiral A. S. Crowninshield, the battleship departed New York 30 April 1902 and arrived Naples 18 May, where the Admiral took command of the European Squadron. Illinois carried out training and ceremonial duties until 14 July 1902, when she grounded in the harbor of Christiana, Norway, and had to return to England for repairs. She remained at Chatham until 1 September 1902, then proceeded to the Mediterranean and South Atlantic for fleet maneuvers.
Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 01 May 1902, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 100k View on deck, looking forward from the stern, 1902. Note the captain and open hatches in the foreground, with the ship's after twin 13"/35 gun turret beyond. Photograph # 19-N-1-8-8, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-7 Illinois 108k View in a torpedo compartment, showing a trainable torpedo tube and a 18-inch torpedo, 1902. Note the overhead rail for moving torpedoes from their stowage position to the tube. Photograph # 19-N-1-8-26, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-7 Illinois 1.94k THE BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7)
This unique illustration showing the deck of the battleship Illinois is from a photograph taken of that magnificent warship as she swept beneath the central span of the great Brooklyn suspension bridge. The Illinois had just left dock in the Brooklyn navy yard and was on her way to sea. The photograph being taken by special arrangement with her officers and officials of the navy department.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo by Deseret Evening News. (Great Salt Lake City [Utah]) 1867-1920, 06 September 1902, Last Edition, Part Three, Image 11, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 1.57k MIMIC NAVAL WARFARE IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA
THE ILLINOIS (BB-7), THE MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2), THE MAYFLOWER
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from The Washington Times.(Washington [D.C.] 1902-1939, 14 December 1902, Editorials, The Drama, and Society, Image 17, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Illinois1.89kWARSHIPS COALED AT SEA AT THE RATE OF FORTY TONS AN HOUR
PH0TOGRAPHS SHOWING THE METHOD OF COALING A WARSHIP AT SEA BY THE USE OF APPARATUS WITH WHICH THE BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7) IS NOW EQUIPPED.
Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside.
Photo from The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.] 1895-1913, 02 August 1903, Image 30, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-2 3.01k WITH THE FLEET OF WARSHIPS WHICH THE PRESIDENT WILL REVIEW TO-DAY.
Calling to quarters on the Kearsarge (BB-5)
THE MAYFLOWER,SAILORS OFF DUTY ON BOARD THE FLAGSHIP KEARSARGE, YACHT MURIEL, AND BATTLESHIP ILLINOIS (BB-7).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo from the New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 17 August 1903, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 2.69k OFFICERS AND SHIPS IN THE WAR GAME OFF THE MAINE COAST.
THE KEARSARGE (BB-5) & ILLINOIS (BB-7).
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo by New-York Tribune. (New York [N.Y.] 1866-1924, 25 August 1903, Image 1, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 76k Navy bandsmen on the ship's quarterdeck, during a ceremony in 1904.The bandsmen are wearing uniforms with spiked helmets, as are the U.S. Marines on the far side of the deck. Photograph # NH 82376, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-7 Illinois 448k CAPTAIN R. B. BRADFORD
Captain R. B. Bradford is the commander of the United States battleship Illinois (BB-7), which was recently seriously damaged in collision with the battleship Missouri (BB11), and has since been undergoing repair.
He was the CO from November 1903-November 04.
Text i.d. courtesy of Ron Reeves, HTC. USNR (ret.)
Image and text provided by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
Photo from Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.) 1901-1971, 02 June 1904, Image 1, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 67k Illinois (BB-7) anchored off New York City, 1905. Photographed by C.C. Langill, New York. USNHC photo # NH 105553, from the collection of Warren Beltramini, donated by Beryl Beltamini, 2007.
BB-7 Illinois 314k A circa early - mid 1900's postcard of the Illinois (BB-7) drawn by Edward H. Mitchell Publishers of San Francisco, CA.Photo from the collection of Raymond Strout, courtesy of Jonathan Eno.
BB-7 Illinois 113k A circa early - mid 1900's postcard of the Illinois (BB-7) drawn by Britton & Rey of San Francisco, CA.Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-7 Illinois 179k A circa early - mid 1900's postcard of the Illinois (BB-7) drawn by the Illustrated Postal Card Co, N.Y.Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
BB-10 Maine65kMaine (BB-10) underway, circa 1903-1908. She is followed by Illinois (BB-7). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106138. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
BB-5 Kearsarge 597k Kearsarge (BB-5) and a Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) bide time with the coming and going of launches, circa 1906.Photo # 80G-433637 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Bowyer 154k Capt. John Marshall Bowyer was the commanding officer of the battleship Illinois (BB-7) from 1907 to 1909. Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Academy via Bill Gonyo.
Image and text provided by University of Utah, Marriott Library.
Photo from The Logan Republican. (Logan, Utah) 1902-1924, 10 August 1907, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 45k Maine (BB-10) versus Illinois (BB-7) boat race, circa 1907. Illinois in the lead. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 88k Capt. Thomas C. Edrington II, USN circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 85k Cabin of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington II, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 100k Illinois (BB-7) in dry-dock, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 93k Keeping fit: Punching bag on the Illinois (BB-7), circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 97k Illinois (BB-7) "black gang" - coaling crew, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 100k Illinois (BB-7) bum boats at Barbados, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 94k Illinois (BB-7) coal party at Barbados, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 72k Illinois (BB-7) 6 pound gun, #10 and crew, circa 1907. Note the ammunition on deck. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 94k Illinois (BB-7) lowering boats from the davits, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 90k Illinois (BB-7) swimming call, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 31k Cuban Pacification Medal.
This medal was issued to officers and enlisted men of the Navy or who had been in the Navy and who served ashore in Cuba between the dates of 12 September 1906 and 01 April 1909, or who were attached to any of the following ships between the dates designated beside each name (Navy Department General Order No. 30 of 13 August 1909):
Alabama (BB-8), 11 February 07-16 February 07
Brooklyn, 07 October 06-01 November 06
Celtic, 28 Sep. 06-15 January 07
Cleveland, 21 Sep. 06-13 January 07
Columbia, 20 October 06-17 April 07
Denver, 12 Sep. 06-02 October 06
Des Moines, 15 Sep. 06-25 January 07
Dixie, 12 Sep. 06-21 Sep. 06
07 January 07-18 August 07
Dubuque, 18 May 07-19 May 07
Eagle, 04 December 06-01 June 07
Illinois(BB-7), 11 February 07-16 February 07
From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 70k Illinois (BB-7), main forward turret armament of 2 x 13"/35 circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 90k Illinois (BB-7) crew on leave in Barbados, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 94k Illinois (BB-7) coaling ship along side, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 79k Illinois (BB-7) cooks and commissary, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 63k Illinois (BB-7) forecastle, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 71k "Killing time" on the Illinois (BB-7), circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 83k Illinois (BB-7) machine shop, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 66k "Nellie", Illinois (BB-7), circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 83k Peeling spuds, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 87k Part of the Illinois (BB-7) crew at the rifle range at Guantanamo Cuba, preparing dinner, circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 66k "Stage and Curtain" on the Illinois (BB-7), circa 1907. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 81k Boat race underway on the Illinois (BB-7), circa 1907. The 4 stacker in the back might be the South Dakota or the Pubelo. From the collection of Capt. Thomas C. Edrington III, USN.
Contributed by his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington and son Thomas C. Edrington IV.
BB-7 Illinois 76k Anchored in Hampton Roads, Virginia, during the Jamestown Exposition Naval Review, 2 May 1907. The Italian cruiser Etruria is in the right background. Photograph # 19-N-1-10-35, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-07 Illinois 5.61k TURRETS ARE DEATH TRAPS
This photograph shows what a turret on a battleship looks like from the outside. This view was taken on the Illinois (BB-7). The turret is made of solid armored steel and from within are fired the ship's biggest guns.
Photo courtesy of the United States Naval Academy via Bill Gonyo.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Spokane Press. (Spokane, Wash.) 1902-1939, 13 August 1907, Image 4, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
PDF added 09/18/14.
Great White Fleet Cruise
Great White Fleet112kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route to be taken by the Atlantic Fleet's battleships and their associated Torpedo Flotilla, from their December 1907 departure from Hampton Roads, Virginia, until their planned arrival at San Francisco, California, in the spring of 1908. Text below the chart indicates that it was published in mid-December 1907.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106219. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Great White Fleet 345k The "Great White Fleet" steaming in column, probably while departing Hampton Roads, Virginia, at the start of their cruise around the World, December 1907. Kansas (BB-21) is at left, followed by Vermont (BB-20). USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of navy.mil. Photographed by C.E. Waterman, Hampton, Va.
Eighteen-inch Torpedo 64k Eighteen-inch Torpedo (Whitehead type).
On board a U.S. Navy battleship of the Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) or Maine class (BB-10 / 12) , circa 1907-1908. This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106066. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
Hard-Hat Diver 72k "Hard-Hat" Diver descending from the stern of a launch alongside a battleship, circa 1907-1908. Note the 6"/50 broadside gun mounted in the battleship's hull side.
This ship is either Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) or Maine class (BB-10 / 12) or Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship.
This view may have been taken during the "Great White Fleet" World cruise.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106072. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
Great White Fleet112k Chart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the route of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 29 January 1907 departure from Trinidad until their arrival at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 12 January 1908. It emphasizes the offshore course taken to avoid strong westerly currents off the northeastern coast of South America.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106221. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
Straits of Magellan290k The "Great White Fleet" in the Straits of Magellan, 1908, from a painting by Henry Reuterdahl.Photograph courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
Great White Fleet129kChart from a contemporary newspaper, showing the movements of the Atlantic Fleet's battleships from their 8 February 1908 passage of the western part of the Straits of Magellan until their arrival at Callao, Peru, on 20 February 1908.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106227b. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Collection of Rear Admiral Harold M. Bemis.
BB-7 Illinois 125k Photographed circa 1908. The original photograph was printed on a stereographic card, copyright by Underwood & Underwood, 1908. Photo # NH 100295, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
Great White Fleet83kProminent "Great White Fleet" Officers appear in this photo. From left to right & top to bottom:
First row: Captain McCrea, Captain Bartlett, Captain Kossuth Niles, of Louisiana (BB-19); Captain Hugo Osterhaus, of Connecticut (BB-18) & Captain Ingersoll.
Second row: Captain John M. Bowyer, of Illinois (BB-7); Captain Joseph B. Murdock, of Rhode Island (BB-17); Admiral Bob Evans; Admiral Potter, & Admiral Schroder.
Third row: Captain Alexander Sharp, of Virginia (BB-13); Captain Veeder, Captain Murrell, Admiral Wainwright, & Admiral Vaher.
Photo printed on a stereographic card, copyrighted by Underwood & Underwood, courtesy of Warren McLean.
Great White Fleet99kCommanding officers of most of the fleet's ships, photographed in 1908. Those present include (Seated, left to right): Captain Hugo Osterhaus, of Connecticut (BB-18); Captain Kossuth Niles, of Louisiana (BB-19); Captain William P. Potter, of Vermont (BB-20); Captain John Hubbard, of Minnesota (BB-22); Captain Joseph B. Murdock, of Rhode Island (BB-17); Captain Charles E. Vreeland, of Kansas (BB-21).
Standing, left to right): Captain Hamilton Hutchins, of Kearsarge (BB-5); Captain Frank E. Beatty, of Wisconsin (BB-9); Captain Reginald F. Nicholson, of Nebraska (BB-14); Captain Thomas B. Howard, of Ohio (BB-12); Captain William H.H. Southerland, of New Jersey (BB-16); Captain Walter C. Cowles, of Kentucky (BB-6); Captain John M. Bowyer, of Illinois (BB-7); Captain Alexander Sharp, of Virginia (BB-13); Lieutenant Commander Charles B. McVay, of Yankton.
Photo # NH 59552, now in the collections of the National Archives.
BB-18 Connecticut185kThe Connecticut (BB-18) leading the other fifteen warships of the "Great White Fleet" into Magdalena Bay, Mexico on 12 March 1908 to take on coal and hold long-delayed target practice. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-59537, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
PDF Image and text provided by University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA
Photo & text by The San Francisco Call.(San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, 29 March 1908, Image 5, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Fleet at Long Beach 507k The fleet at San Diego, Calif., 5, May 1908.
What looks like two Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships to the left; a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) battleship in the center with what might be three other Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleships in the immediate distance; two Illinois class (BB-7 / 9) battleships are on the right corner, behind them are the two Kearsarge class (BB-5 / 6) battleships and a Virginia class (BB-13 / 17) or Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship in the right corner of the photo.
Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33626,by W. D. Lambert; submitted by Tom Kermen.
BB-5 Kearsarge 573k Atlantic Fleet entering Golden Gate 6th May 1908. Library of Congress photo # pan 6a33669, from the Panoramic View Co., Chas. Z. Bailey, Mgr., Los Angeles, Cal. submitted by Tom Kermen.
</a139kThe Connecticut (BB-18) leading the "Great White Fleet" into San Francisco Bay on 6 May 1908. The original photo was taken by C.E. Waterman. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH-59537, courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Great White Fleet 192k The "Great White Fleet" lies in San Francisco Bay on 6 May 1908.
Nearest ship is an Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) battleship. Ahead of it are what appears to be two Maine class (BB-10 / 12)battleships.
Photo by Louis Bostwick, courtesy of greatwhitefleet.info, by William Stewart.
Naval Review in San Francisco Bay, 17 May 1908 155k Panoramic photograph by the Pillsbury Picture Company showing the review of the "Great White Fleet" on 17 May 1908 by Secretary of the Navy Victor A. Metcalf, embarked in Yorktown (PG-1), which is steaming toward the left in the right center of the image. Three destroyers are in the line nearest to the camera (from left to center), with either Hopkins (DD-6) or Hull (DD-7) in the center and Lawrence (DD-8) next astern. Eleven battleships are present, in the rows on the opposite side of Yorktown's course, and seven Pacific Fleet armored cruisers are in the most distant row. Photo # NH 105310, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.
BB-7 Illinois 68k In a China Sea typhoon during the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet", 1908. Photograph# NH 53218, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
GWF901kTHE ATLANTIC FLEET OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY
From Official Bulletin of Bureau of Navigation showing the Vessels off the Port of Callao practicing the Gridiron maneuver. This is considered by Naval authorities to be the most dangerous evolution in steam tactics and its improper execution caused the loss of HMS Victoria with 798 men in 1893.
Picture faithfully represents the entire Fleet in official formation and vessels can be identified by numbers corresponding to table appended:
First Division
1. Connecticut (BB-18), Flagship, 2. Kansas (BB-21), 3. Vermont (BB-20), 4. Louisiana (BB-19),
Second Division
5. Georgia (BB-15), Flagship, 6. New Jersey (BB-16), 7. Rhode Island (BB-17), 8. Virginia (BB-13),
18 Torpedo Flotilla
Whipple (DD-15), Truxtun (DD-14), Lawrence (DD-8), Stewart (DD-13), Hopkins (DD-6) & Hull (DD-7)
Third Division
9. Minnesota (BB-22), Flagship, 10. Ohio (BB-12), 11. Missouri (BB-11), 12. Maine (BB-10)
17. Yankton {Special Dispatch Tender}
Fourth Division
13. Alabama (BB-8), Flagship 14. Illinois (BB-7), 15. Kearsarge (BB-5), 16. Kentucky (BB-6)
19. Auxiliaries
Glacier, [refrigerating ship], Panther,[repair ship], Culgea, [storeship] & Arethusa,[torpedo flotilla tender].
Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Photo & text by The National Tribune. (Washington, D.C.) 1877-1917, 24 September 1908, Image 3, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Great White Fleet 100k Postcard published in Japan to commemorate the U.S. Atlantic Fleet's visit there in October 1908. This card features pictures of the Fleet's sixteen battleships, plus images of three Japanese ladies, plus flags and symbols of the United States and Japan. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 106114-KN. Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold.
Illinois 495k Port broadside view of the Illinois (BB-7), somewhere at sometime before 1909. Photo # 80G-433638 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
1910's
BB-7 Illinois 151k Souvenir post card from Newport Rhode Island, 10 July 1911 showing the quarter deck of the Illinois (BB-7). Photograph courtesy of Tommy Trampp.
Illinois3.85kU. S. Naval Strength Double Jap's.
The battleship in the picture is the U. S. Illinois (BB-7); the white outline is the Japanese Fuji. The picture shows the relative strength of the American navy and the Japanese navy. In big guns, number of big battleships, gross tonnage—a general average, as well as an average can be ascertained without a test of actual warfare,the United States navy is just about double that of Japan.
Image and text provided by Washington State Library; Olympia, WA.
Photo from The Tacoma Times. (Tacoma, Wash.) 1903-1949, 23 December 1911, Image 8, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 70k Off New York City during the Naval Review, October 1912. Photo # NH 60247, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-7 Illinois 114k Postcard of the Illinois (BB-7), 7 July 1913 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The battleship was placed in reserve commission 15 April 1912 and recommissioned 2 November 1912, in time to take part in winter fleet exercises and battle maneuvers with the Atlantic Fleet. During the summers of 1913 and 1914, Illinois made training cruises to Europe with Midshipmen.
Photo courtesy of Bruce Grafton. Partial text courtesy of DANFS.
BB-1 Indiana 42.57k ARGENTINE SAILORS DRILLING AT NAVY YARD ON THE NOSE ENDS OF FIVE OF UNCLE SAM'S NAVAL BULLDOGS
An unusual photograph, taken at League Island, showing five battleships and steamer lying in a row while the seamen of the South American Republic make themselves as much at home as if on their own drill grounds, by special arrangement with the U.S. government.
Either the Indiana (BB-1) or the Massachusetts (BB-2) is the first battleship on the left side. The distinctive twin funnels of the Illinois (BB-7) or Alabama (BB-8) appear two ships down.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 05 March 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
Atlantic Fleet250k OUTLINED AGAINST A CURTAIN OF DARKNESS
A fleet of destroyers and torpedo-boats has now arrived at New York to join the heavy ships of the line. Altogether, about 50 vessels will be assembled when the ceremonies began next Monday. It is promised that the strained international relations will have no effect on the parade.
Photo by International News Service.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo & text by Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 13 May 1915, Night Extra, Image 16, courtesy of chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-1 Indiana 443k A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE BACK BASIN AT LEAUGE ISLAND)
The Illinois (BB-7) or Alabama (BB-8) appears to the right.
Other battleships appear on the left along the pier.
Image and text provided by Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 19 June 1915, Final, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-6 Kentucky 552k Camera man records the picturesqueness attending the military mass at Navy Yard. The battleship Illinois (BB-7) is in the background. Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 22 May 1916, Night Extra, Image 18, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 415k Ships of the sea and air as seen at dusk on the Delaware.
The more burly hulks silhouetted on the lower right are the battleships Illinois (BB-7) and Alabama (BB-8), which have been here to take- part in the waterways celebration. The aeroplane is one from the Essington hangars.
Image provided by: Penn State University Libraries; University Park, PA.
Photo from Evening Public Ledger. (Philadelphia [Pa.]) 1914-1942, 18 September 1916, Night Extra, Image 16, via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
BB-7 Illinois 81k At Madeira, circa 1913-1914. Photographed by Perestrello. Photo # NH 94936, from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.
BB-7 Illinois 124k Crewmen drilling with some of the ship's midships 6-pounder guns, prior to World War I. Note the boats and oars stowed overhead, and the raised working platforms for the gun crews. Copied from the book "The United States Navy Illustrated", published in New York, 1917. Photo # NH 79492, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
BB-7 Illinois 83k Sailor painting one of the battleship's boat cranes, as she is being repainted into wartime gray, circa April 1917. Photo # NH 53220, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
BB-7 Illinois 751k Illinois (BB-7), with signal flags flying from her mast, circa 1917. She still has all her 6-pounder guns. US National Archives photo # 80G-1035088 from NARA, College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
BB-7 Illinois 48k Postcard of the Illinois (BB-7), circa 1917. Courtesy of Richard Cleaveland via Joe Radigan.
BB-7 Illinois 483k Postcard of the Illinois (BB-7), circa 1917, from a photo by Enrique Muller, Jr. Photo courtesy of Bruce Grafton.
BB-7 Illinois 104k Underway, circa 1918, showing modifications made to the ship during the First World War. Despite the inscription on the print, this is NOT Alabama (BB-8). Photo # NH 60570, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
BB-7 Illinois 104k Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1919. Photographed by La Tour. Note that she only retains three six-inch guns on this side. Photo # NH 47030, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
BB-7 Illinois 61k Illinois (BB-7), in Philadelphia, circa 1919. Photographed by LA Touar. Photo # NH 48143, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 138k Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania.
Ships in the Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, circa spring 1919. Panoramic photograph taken by Keystone Photo Studios, 817 So. Broad St., Philadelphia. The following ships can be identified from among those present:
Rowan (DD-64); Preston (DD-19); Macdonough (DD-09); Patterson (DD-36); St. Louis (C-12); Ohio (BB-12); SC-342; SC-344; Alabama (BB-8); Kearsarge (BB-5); Illinois (BB-7); Ozark (M-7); Kentucky (BB-6); and Hancock (AP-3) .
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph # NH 98604, from the collection of Eugene Bennett, donated by his daughter, Jene B. Hart, September 1988.
Reserve Basin 77k Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, Warships in the Reserve Basin, 18 November 1919, as seen by a Philadelphia Evening Ledger photographer. Ships are (from left to right): Wisconsin (BB-9); Illinois (BB-7); Alabama (BB-8); a Pittsburgh class armored cruiser; two battleships, probably Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) ; Stringham (DD-83); Craven (DD-70); Maury (DD-100); and Sigourney (DD-81). Photo # NH 42524, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
Reserve Basin69kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Older warships in the Reserve Basin, 18 November 1919, as seen by a Philadelphia Evening Ledger photographer. Ships are (front row, left to right): Missouri (BB-11); one Connecticut class (BB-18 / 22 & 25) battleship; Michigan (BB-27); and Saint Louis (C-20). Those in the back row are (left to right): Maine (BB-10); Kentucky (BB-6);Kearsarge (BB-5); Indiana (BB-1); Massachusetts (BB-2); Iowa (BB-4); Wisconsin (BB-9); and Illinois (BB-7).Photo # NH 42525, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
U-1111.2mU-111 showing the bridge at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 8 April 1920.
In the background is the distinctive twin funnel belonging to an Indiana class (BB-1 / 3) battleship;
Illinois (BB-7); Alabama (BB-8) & Wisconsin (BB-9).
All three were docked there during this period; the Alabama & Wisconsin would be decommissioned the following month.
Photo courtesy of Craig O'Neil.
BB-7 Illinois 179k Seen here converted into a floating barracks ship at the New York Navy Yard, in 1924. (ex-Illinois (BB-7) was then assigned to the New York Naval Reserve. USNI/USN photo.
BB-7 Illinois 143k Theodore Roosevelt Jr. & Gov. Chase Templeton on IX-15, ex-Illinois (BB-7), on 25 April 1924.
Rear Admiral Edward W. Eberle commanded Atlantic Fleet battleship divisions in 1919-21. There is no date given in the Library of Congress but I would say it was taken in this time-frame. My guess he is boarding the ex-Illinois with his Staff. He is in the front of the line and I can not see his sleeve.
Digital ID: ggbain 36266. Source: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) Bain News Service submitted by Bill Gonyo.
BB-7 Illinois 63k Prairie State (IX-15), ex-Illinois (BB-7) tied up, probably at New York, during the 1940s or early 1950s. Photo # NH 67629, courtesy of the United States Naval Historical Center.
BB-7 Illinois 623k Newspaper articles on the fate of the Prairie State (IX-15), ex-Illinois (BB-7).Photo courtesy of Ron Reeves HTC (ret.)
(NISMF)371kA guest studies a painting depicting the history of battleships. The artwork was painted by George Skybeck and presented to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association during their annual banquet at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 8 December 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-05391, by PHC Carolyn Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.

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