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UNITED STATES NAVY DEPARTMENT
BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR
"SPRING STYLES," 1911-1925

Photo # S-584-050: Preliminary Design No.112 for a Scout Cruiser - April 1915

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Bureau of Ships' "Spring Styles" Book # 1 (1911-1925) -- (Naval Historical Center Lot # S-584) --
Cruiser Preliminary Design Drawings

Sixty-six of the 211 design drawings in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles" Book treat cruisers (two of the 66 treat the same design plan). About half of these drawings belong to a special study conducted during 1915 that sought to develop the best mix of capabilities for a large oceanic cruiser primarily intended for scouting. In the event, none of these designs led to the selection of a concept for construction. Instead, the Navy chose to develop a new design based on destroyer design principles, smaller than most of the designs considered in the "Scout Cruiser Study". This design became the Omaha (Scout Cruiser # 4) class that served from completion during the 1920s through the end of World War II. Subsequently, the Navy's Construction and Repair bureau studied a set of four designs for a cruiser that would be smaller yet than the Omaha class, but such smaller designs were not pursued. Instead, larger designs, larger than Omaha, were begun in 1919, leading after many different preliminary design plans were prepared to the Pensacola (CL-24, later reclassified as CA-24) class ordered during 1924-25 to be built, under the terms of the Washington Treaty on naval arms limitation. One final preliminary design plan was one of several prepared during development of the design for the subsequent "Treaty cruiser" design to be built, the Northampton (CL-26, later CA-26), which was ordered in 1927 for construction.

This page features those 1911-1925 Bureau of Ships "Spring Styles" plans that concern cruisers.

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The Cruiser drawings included in this album are:

--One proposed design for a Cruiser, 1914:

--Thirty-one proposed designs for a "Scout Cruiser", a wide range of concepts explored in the so-called "Scout Cruiser Study" carried out during 1915, of which these 14 were dated April 1915:

--Thirty-one proposed designs for a "Scout Cruiser", a wide range of concepts explored in the so-called "Scout Cruiser Study" carried out during 1915, of which these 9 were dated May 1915:

--Thirty-one proposed designs for a "Scout Cruiser", a wide range of concepts explored in the so-called "Scout Cruiser Study" carried out during 1915, of which these 8 were dated between June and October 1915:

--One proposed design for the Omaha class:

--Four proposed designs for a cruiser of smaller size than the Omaha class, none selected for construction:

--Twelve proposed designs for a new scout cruiser, contributing toward the design of the Pensacola class, none selected for construction:

--Fifteen proposed designs for cruisers to be built under Washington Conference treaty restrictions (one design is represented in two forms), all contributing to development of the Pensacola class:

--One proposed design for the Northampton class:



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