Illinois Class Battleship (1898)

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Three Illinois class battleships were completed for the U.S. Navy in 1900 and 1901.

Overview of 3 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Illinois Newport News 10 Feb, 1897 4 Oct, 1898 16 Sep, 1901 Sold 1956
Alabama William Cramp & Sons 2 Dec, 1896 18 May, 1898 16 Oct, 1900 Expended 1921
Wisconsin Union Iron Works 9 Feb, 1897 16 Nov, 1898 4 Feb, 1901 Sold 1922

Fire Control

At some point prior to mid 1902, William Henry May examined the fire control communications scheme manifest in the Illinois and found much to covet when discussing British methods of communicating in battle as Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy – particularly the simplicity of the system. A follow-up to this observation resulted in Messrs. Cory of New York being asked to quote a complete set of the instruments in the American ship, but the dialog evolved to one primarily of voice pipes and there is no indication of how this inquiry turned out.[1]

See Also


  1. Principal Questions Dealt with by the Director of Naval Ordnance, 1905. pp. 418-9.


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