USS Illinois Improvements – New York NY


The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) conducted improvement on the training ship USS Illinois (later USS Prairie State), stationed off 135th Street on the Hudson River. The boat was sold for scrap in 1956.

WPA project details:
“Alter and rehabilitate U.S. Naval Training Ship “Illinois” at 135th Street and North River, including installing water lines, heating lines, ventilating ducts, and electrical work, replacing toilet and other partitions, tile floors and roofing, painting boat and superstructures”
Official Project Number: 765‐97‐2‐8
Total project cost: $63,300.00
Sponsor: Commandant, 3rd Naval District, U.S. Navy

Source notes

Nationwide Context, Inventory, and Heritage Assessment of Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps Resources on Department of Defense Installations, July 2009 (page C-140).

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 8, 2018.

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Location Info

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W. 135th St.
New York, NY

Location notes: General location marker for community

Coordinates: 40.821955, -73.959134

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