Illinois Class Battleships Class Overview

Dimensions, machinery and performance

Length:
374'
Engines:
2 Three cylinder vertical inverted triple expansion
Beam:
72' 3"
Boilers:
8 Single ended cylindrical (coal fired) (a)
Draft:
23' 6" / 25' max.
Shafts:
2
Displacement:
11,552 std. / 12,150 full
SHP:
10,000 (forced 11,207)
Speed:
16 knots
Crew:
536
817 wartime

Range:
N/A
Construction notes:
(a):
Illinois fitted with Mosher boilers.


Armament as built (general for class)
Number Carried
Type
Arrangement
Maximum Range
4
13"/35 (330mm)
2 twin turrets
12,000 yards @ 15° (6.8 miles)
1,130 lb. shell

14
6"/40 (152mm) Mk VI
Single mounts
18,000 yards @ 30.2° (10.2 miles)
105 lb. shell

16
2.244" (57mm)
Single mounts
8,700 yards @ 45° (4.9 miles)
AA ceiling 10,000'
6.03 lb. HE or AP shell

6
1.46" (37mm)
Single mounts
3,500 yards @ 11.4°
1.058 lb. HE shell

4
18" (450mm)
torpedo tubes
single mounts
surface
1,500 yards @ 28.5 knots
132 lb. wet gun-cotton warhead



Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Newport News Shipbuilding &
Drydock Company
Newport News, Virginia

October 4, 1898
September 16, 1901
Fate
Sold May 18, 1956 to Bethlehem Steel Co. and scrapped.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Newport News Shipbuilding &
Drydock Company
Newport News, Virginia

May 18, 1898
October 16, 1900
Fate
Sept. 15, 1921: Transferred to the War Dept.

Sept. 27, 1921: Sunk as target of aerial bombing by
US Army Air Corps in Chesapeake Bay.

March 19, 1924: Hulk sold to Union Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Maryland,
raised and scrapped.
Name
Builder
Launched
Commissioned
Union Iron Works
San Francisco, California

Nov. 26, 1898
Feb. 4, 1901
Fate
Sold Jan. 26, 1922 and scrapped.


Page revised May 12, 2007