Photo #: S-584-018
"Proposed Battleship ... "Possible"" ... March 25, 1912
Preliminary design plan for a battleship, identified only as representing a technically "possible" configuration. This design incorporates several major changes from contemporary practice. The drawing shows substantially inclined side armor, rather than the typically entirely vertical placement; internal combustion main propulsion, rather than a steam plant; absence of masts and funnels; and the radical installation of a midships turret atop a towering barbette, apparently for greater range and visibility to the target. None of these design features was adopted in a U.S. battleship of this era.
This plan provides ten 16-inch guns, internal combustion machinery, and a speed of 22 knots in a ship 750 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 102 feet.in beam, with a normal displacement of 48,000 tons.
Note: The original document was ink on paper (black on white).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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Image posted 16 May 2007