PRAIRIE STATE IX 15

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Illinois Class Battleship
    Keel Laid 10 February 1897 - Launched 4 October 1898

  1. USS ILLINOIS Battleship No. 7
  2. Commissioned 16 September 1901 - Decommissioned 4 August 1909
    Recommissioned 15 April 1912 - Decommissioned 15 May 1920

  3. ILLINOIS BB-7
  4. Designated (BB) 20 July 1920
    Loaned to New York State, Naval Militia 25 October 1921

  5. ILLINOIS IX-15
  6. Redesignated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX) 26 June 1922

  7. PRAIRIE STATE IX-15
  8. Renamed 23 January 1941
    Used as decked over drill ship until 31 December 1955

    Struck from Naval Register 26 March 1956
    Sold 18 May 1956 and broken up for scrap
Illinois BB7 PC.jpg

Naval Covers

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    1. USS Illinois BB-7 Covers Page 1     (1912-1938)
    2. USS Prairie State IX-15 Covers Page 1    (1945)

     

    Postmarks

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    Killer Bar Text

    Postmark
    Date
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    Postmark Image
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    Cover Image


    USS Battleship Illinois postcard


     

    Non-posted

    JonBurdett illinois bb7.jpg
    JonBurdett illinois bb7 back.jpg

    U. S. BATTLESHIP "ILLINOIS." 690 OFFICERS AND MEN. / LENGTH 368 FEET. MAIN BATTERY 18 GUNS



    USS Illinois Battleship No. 7 / BB-7


     

    Locy Type 1

    1912-12-03

    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19121203 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19121203 1 Back.jpg

    Picture postcard of Customs House, Charleston, SC


     

    Locy Type 1z

    1918-12-08

    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19181208 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19181208 1 Back.jpg

    Real-Photo postcard of USS Illinois BB-7. Note: Type Z postmark, ship identified by sender: 'Here is a picture of the ship I am on.'


     

    Locy Type 2

    1912-11-19

    JonBurdett illinois bb7 19121119r pm.jpg
    JonBurdett illinois bb7 19121119.JPG

    As Battleship No. 7


     

    Locy Type
    2rz

    1919-06-09

    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19190609 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19190609 1 Front.jpg

    Type Z postmark, ship identified by return address.


     

    Locy Type
    3 (AC)

    1917-11-04

    JonBurdett illinois 1917 pm.jpg
    JonBurdett illinois 1917.jpg

    As Battleship No. 7. Censored, WWI use


     

    Locy Type
    3 (BC)

    "PROVINCE- /
    TOWN MASS"

    1919-08-02

    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19190802 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski Illinois BB7 19190802 1 Back.jpg

    Note:


     

    Locy Type F

    USCS Postmark
    Catalog Illus. I-2

    1938-04-01

    JonBurdett illinois bb7 19380401 pm.jpg
    JonBurdett illinois bb7 19380401.jpg

    As Floating Armory



    USS Illinois IX-15 (26 June 1922 - 23 January 1941)


     

    USPO Machine
    Cancel

    New York NY

    1931-12-22

    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19311222 1 Front.jpg

    N/A

    Note:


     

    Locy Type P

    "USNR MIDSHIPMEN'S
    SCHOOL / NEW YORK NY"

    "FIRST DAY / SERVICE"

    1940-09-12

    GregCiesielski MiddySchool NYNY 19400912 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski MiddySchool NYNY 19400912 1 Front.jpg

    Cachet by Walter Czubay



    USS Prairie State IX-15 (23 January 1941 - 31 December 1955)


     

    Locy Type
    3z (BTB)

    1942-11-21

    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19421121 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19421121 1 Front.jpg

    Cachet by Walter Czubay


     

    Locy Type 9u

    USCS Postmark
    Catalog Illus. P-43

    1945-08-01

    JonBurdett prairiestate ix15 19450801r pm.jpg
    JonBurdett prairiestate ix15 19450801.jpg

    Official Business.


     

    Locy Type P

    "USNR MIDSHIPMEN'S
    SCHOOL / NEW YORK NY"

    "U.S.S. / PRAIRIE STATE"

    1941-02-11

    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19410211 1 Front.jpg
    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19410211 1 Back.jpg

    Backside of the February 11 1941 cover showing the R/S mark of John W. Stock and a USPO Machine postmark, "Station J", New York NY dated February 11 1941.


     

    Locy Type RECD

    USCS Postmark
    Catalog Illus. CD-R3

    1955-03-29

    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19550329 1 Postmark.jpg
    GregCiesielski PrairieState IX15 19550329 1 Back.jpg

    From the Richard Hoffner collection.

     

    Other Information

    NAMESAKE - The State of Illinois

    Five ships of the US Navy have borne the name of the 21st state, ILLINOIS.
    USS Illinois (sloop), a screw sloop-of war, was laid down but never completed.
    USS Illinois (BB-7), lead ship of her class of battleship, served for over half a century and was eventually renamed Prairie State.
    USS Illinois was a diesel-powered trawler acquired by the Navy, renamed USS Albatross (AM-71), and employed as a minesweeper.
    USS Illinois (BB-65), would have been a Iowa-class battleship, if her construction had not been cancelled before she was launched.
    USS Illinois SSN-786

     


     

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