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Photo #: S-584-069

Preliminary Design No.130 for a Scout Cruiser ... May 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 four 16-inch guns and seven 5-inch guns and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 720 feet long on the load water line, 73 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 16,500 tons. This design included no armor protection, allowing the installation of four 16-inch guns on a displacement only 6,000 tons greater than design No.112. This design was first in a set of three requested as a group during May 1915, apparently to further explore tradeoffs among armament, protection, and size in such large, heavily armed scout cruisers 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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Image posted 12 July 2007