Photo #: S-584-033
Proposed Battleship # 40 ... Design # 5--October 8, 1913
Preliminary design drawing for Battleship # 40, which was planned for construction in Fiscal Year 1915. This plan was one of the five alternative designs presented to the Executive Committee of the Navy’s General Board on 10 October 1913. This design resembles that adopted for Battleship # 38 (see Photo # S-584-041) but is larger, having 19-inch side armor compared to 13.5 inches in Battleship # 38. This plan also provides three twin 16-inch gun turrets in place of four triple 14-inch turrets.
This plan provides six 16-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 650 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 95.5 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 35,500 tons. Battleship # 40 ultimately was built to a design very similar to Battleship # 38, mounting twelve 14-inch guns.
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 18 May 2007