Photo #: S-584-064
Preliminary Design No.127 for a Scout Cruiser ... May 1, 1915
Preliminary design plan for a large scout cruiser, prepared to support General Board discussions concerning the characteristics sought in future Cruisers.
This plan provided two 14-inch guns and nine 5-inch guns and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 720 feet long on the load water line, 66 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 13,000 tons. This design included no armor protection and thus added only 2,500 tons displacement over design No.112. This design was first in a set of three requested as a group in late April 1915, apparently to further explore tradeoffs among armament, protection, and size in large scout cruisers carrying a minimum number of heavy guns and capable of 35 knots speed. This design series took Preliminary Design No.112 (see Photo # S-584-050) as a baseline. Ultimately, however, no ships of this type were built.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on blue).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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