Photo #: S-584-042
Proposed Battleship # 40 ... December 13, 1913
Preliminary design drawing for Battleship # 40, which was planned for construction in Fiscal Year 1915. This drawing resembles that adopted for Battleship # 38 (see Photo # S-584-041) but differed in disposing the main battery in six twin turrets rather than four triple turrets. The design was 15 feet longer and 2,300 tons heavier than Battleship # 38 but twin turrets were less cramped than triple turrets. It is not known what circulation outside the design team, if any, was made of this drawing.
This plan provides twelve 14-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 615 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 97 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 33,700 tons. Ultimately, however, Battleship # 40 was built to a design very similar to Battleship # 38, mounting twelve 14-inch guns in four turrets.
Note: The original document was ink on linen (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 15 June 2007