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Photo #: S-584-029

Proposed Battleship ... April 16, 1913

Preliminary design plan for a fast battleship. This design may have been developed to investigate the implications of providing a possible new high speed battleship with the current standard main battery gun (14-inch) gun rather than the new 16-inch gun as considered earlier. This plan otherwise resembles the earlier drawing of a fast battleship dated 14 February 1913 (see Photo # S-584-027). It is not known what circulation was made of this drawing. It was followed in May 1913 by what appears to have been a derivative with speed reduced to a more standard 22 knots (see Photo # S-584-030).
This plan provides twelve 14-inch guns and a speed of 25 knots in a ship 800 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 100 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 47,000 tons. No ships were built of this type.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on dark blue).

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 1 June 2007