Photo #: S-584-098
Battleship 1917 ... March 20, 1916
A preliminary design for a battleship to be funded in Fiscal Year 1917, sent on 28 March 1916 to the Navy Department. This design generally followed the Tennessee, differing in replacing triple 14-inch gun turrets with twin 16-inch turrets while adding a fifth twin 16-inch gun turret aft. This design was the least risky means of providing ten 16-inch guns on a ship adapted from the Tennessee and was recommended by the Navys General Board to the Secretary of the Navy. Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels disagreed, directing instead the simplest 16-inch gun adaptation of the Tennessee design, Preliminary Design No.163 (see Photo #: S-584-095).
This plan provided ten 16-inch guns, electric machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 644 feet long on the waterline, 97 feet 6 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 35,800 tons.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on black).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 24 August 2007