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Photo #: S-584-073

Preliminary Design No.134 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 ten 6-inch guns and a speed of 30 knots in a ship 695 feet long on the load water line, 70 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 13,500 tons. This design included only 364 tons for 4-inch armor for the heavy gun barbettes and front shields. This design was requested by Captain John Hood, head of the General Board committee responsible for ship design, apparently to explore to what degree a speed reduction from 35 to 30 knots might reduce the size of such minimally-protected scout cruisers carrying the heaviest guns. 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 18 July 2007