Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit | Woodworking Forum

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In summary, a poster on a woodworking forum shared an interesting example of a wooden battleship called the USS Recruit. Although the original ship was lost after WWI, another similar training vessel was built by the USN after WWII. Another mock up battleship, the USS Illinois, was constructed earlier for the Columbian Exposition in 1893, but plans to relocate it fell through and it was dismantled.
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Although the original Recruit was lost after WWI, another similar training vessel of the same name was built by the USN after WWII, although not a battleship:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Recruit_(TDE-1)

Another mock up battleship was constructed earlier for the Columbian Exposition held at Chicago in 1893. At that time, the USN was in the midst of planning to build its first sea-going capital ships, and the organizers of the exposition built a brick and mortar replica of these vessels in Lake Michigan, which "vessel" was called the USS Illinois:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_Illinois_(replica)

After the exposition closed, there were plans to relocate the Illinois so that it could be used as the HQ of the state Naval Militia, but those plans fell through and the Illinois was dismantled.
 

Related to Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit | Woodworking Forum

1. What is a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit?

A Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit is a model of a battleship made entirely out of wood. It is a popular woodworking project that mimics the design and structure of a real battleship.

2. How is a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit made?

A Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit is typically made by cutting and shaping different pieces of wood, and then assembling them together using various woodworking techniques. The process can vary depending on the specific design and materials used.

3. What tools and materials are needed to make a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit?

The tools and materials needed to make a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit can vary, but they often include a saw, sandpaper, wood glue, clamps, and various types of wood such as basswood, balsa, or pine. Optional materials may include paint, stains, and varnish.

4. Is it difficult to make a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit?

The difficulty level of making a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit can vary depending on the individual's woodworking skills and the complexity of the design. Some people may find it challenging, while others may find it relatively easy.

5. Can a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit actually float?

No, a Wooden Battleship: USS Recruit is not designed to float. It is meant to be a decorative model and should not be used in water. However, some people may modify their design to include small motors or floats for display purposes only.

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