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Photo #: S-584-038

Proposed Battleship # 40 ... November 3, 1913

Preliminary design drawing for Battleship # 40, which was planned for construction in Fiscal Year 1915. This plan resembles the design adopted for Battleship # 38 (see Photo # S-584-041) but differed in being smaller as a result of providing a reduced main battery (four twin 14-inch gun turrets rather than four triple 14-inch gun turrets.) It is not known what circulation outside the Bureau of Construction and Repair design team, if any, was made of this drawing.
This plan provides eight 14-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 590 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 92 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 29,500 tons. Ultimately, however, Battleship # 40 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