Launching the Idaho, with Electrical Equipment

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Launching the Idaho, with Electrical Equipment - Besides these there was present a distinguished...
Besides these there was present a distinguished gathering of naval officers from the League Island Xa\y Yard, State and city officials After the launch luncheon was served in the mold loft Sister to the Mississippi. The Idaho is a sister ship to the slsslppl which w a s launched on September 30 and will be a battle-ship of first class When finished she will be a conspicuous illustration of the Important factor electricity has become in operating- of a modern warship Except for windlass and steering gear, practically all her other auxiliary machinery TV be run by electricity and her two military masts will be fitted with apparatus for wireless telegraph} _The keel plates of the Idaho were In May of last year Her specifications are Length on water line 376 feet lenRth o-ver all 382 feet. extreme beam 77 feet trial displacement on a draft of 24 8 11 000 tons The contract provides for a speed of seventeen knots Moti\e power will be furnished by twin screw, triple expansion tnsrines of a collective indicated horse power of 10(100 iteam being supplied to .the cylinders by eight water tube boilers \^t In tour water-tight compartments Four Twelve-inch Guns. The main battery of the Idaho will consist of four 12-inch breech-loading rifles, mounted in two turrets, eight 8-inch breech loading rifles mounted In four rets eight 7-Ineh tireech loaders, placed behind casement armor and two 21-Inch submerged torpedo tubes The secondary, battery onsists of tweUo 3-Inch, six pounders t w o 1 pounder automatics, 1 pounder rapid-lire guns, t w o 3-inch pieces, two machine and six automatic suns. The main belt side armor will be a. strip nine feet three Inches In width, running 1 the entire length nine Inches in thickness amidships gradually tapering to a thickness of four Inches fore and aft The upper and lower casemate armor amidships over the main -belt will be seven Inches In thickness, while the bulkhead terminals, In the immediate vicinity of the 12-inch turiet barbettes, have an armor of the same thickness Tbe mecjianiim of the 12-inch turrets will be protected -with armor ranging from 10 to 71-2 inches in thickness,

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 10 Dec 1905, Sun,
  3. Page 24

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