Adirondack illustration
painting of ship
William D. Porter Destroyer
The Illinois, a brick near-replica of the Indiana (Battleship No. 1) design, served as the home for naval exhibits at Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition. Later, for a brief time, she was home to the Illinois Naval Militia.
Operating on Western rivers, the tinclad Rattler had an exemplary Civil War service record for such a modest warship, yet she was involved in two of the strangest events in U.S. Navy history.
The motor lifeboat CG 36500 was acquired by the Orleans (Massachusetts) Historical Society in 1981 and restored to operating condition. She has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places.