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BB-7 USS ILLINOIS
1898 - 1905


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1906 - 1911
1912 - 1956


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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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.
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 12.57k 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.
PDF added 10/31/13.
BB-02 1.57k MIMIC NAVAL WARFARE IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA
THE ILLINOIS (BB-7), THE MASSACHUSETTS (BB-02), 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-02 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.

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