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Photo #: S-584-070

Preliminary Design No.131 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 775 feet long on the load water line, 79 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 20,500 tons. This design included 1,087 tons of armor protection, including 4-inch side armor over 348 feet by 17 feet 6 inches amidships and 1.5-inch deck protection, increasing displacement by 10,000 tons over design No.112. This design was second of three requested as a group during May 1915, apparently to further explore tradeoffs among armament, protection, and size in large scout cruisers. 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