The first USS Illinois (sloop)[?], a screw sloop-of war, was laid down but never completed.
The second USS Illinois (BB-7), lead ship of her class[?] of battleship, served for over half a century and was eventually renamed Prairie State.
The third USS Illinois was a diesel-powered trawler acquired by the Navy, renamed USS Albatross (AM-71)[?], and employed as a minesweeper.
The third USS Illinois (BB-65), would have been a Iowa-class battleship[?], if her construction had not been cancelled before she was launched.
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