Sunday, April 25, 2010

Yea That’ll work, like a brick Battleship!



Did Chicago once have a brick battleship?

By all accounts it was. Constructed and furnished for $115,000, big money at the time, the Illinois rested on a foundation of piles and timber, on top of which sat a faux hull made of brick covered with concrete to give the appearance of steel. The superstructure, including guns, turrets, and armor, consisted of wood framing and metal coated with cement.

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