Maine Class Battleship (1901)

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Three Maine class battleships were completed for the U.S. Navy between 1902 and 1904.

Overview of 3 vessels
Citations for this data available on individual ship pages
Name Builder Laid Down Launched Completed Fate
Maine William Cramp & Sons 15 Feb, 1899 27 Jul, 1901 29 Dec, 1902 Sold 1922
Missouri Newport News 7 Feb, 1900 28 Dec, 1901 1 Dec, 1903 Sold 1922
Ohio Union Iron Works 22 Apr, 1899 1901 4 Oct, 1904 Sold 1923

Design & Construction

Originally planned as further members of the preceding Illinois class, a new design was worked out to incorporate water-tube boilers, Krupp nickel-cemented armor, and a high-velocity main battery using smokeless powder.[1]


As Completed


  • four 12-inch/50 caliber
  • sixteen 6-inch/50 caliber
  • six 3-inch/50 caliber
  • eight 3-pounders


  • two 18-inch submerged tubes, six torpedoes

See Also


  1. Bauer and Roberts. Register of Ships. p. 104.
  2. Friedman. U.S. Battleships. p. 428.


  • Bauer, K. Jack and Roberts, Stephen S. (1991). Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990: Major Combatants. New York: Greenwood Press.
  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on and
  • Friedman, Norman (1985). U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-715-1. (on
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.

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