AN HISTORICAL RECORD OF THOSE NOW IN SERVICE AND OF THEIR PREDECESSORS OF THE SAME NAME 1776-1915
KANSAS.—One of the United States, on the prairie between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. It was part of the Louisiana Purchase; and was admitted into the Union in 1861.
The battleship Kansas is the second ship to be named after the Sunflower State. She was authorized by the Act of Congress approved March 3, 1903, and was built by the New York Shipbuilding Company at Camden, N. J., where she was launched on August 12, 1905, her contract price being $4,165,000. Her general dimensions are: length, 450 feet; breadth, 76 feet 10 inches; draft, 24 feet 6 inches, and displacement, 16,boo tons. The engines are of the vertical, twin-screw, four-cylinder, triple-expansion type, of a combined indicated horse power of 19,957. There are 16 Babcock and Wilcox boilers. Her speed on trial was 18.99 knots. She carries a crew of 41 officers and 890 men.