Photo #: S-584-099
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 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 in a superimposed position forward. This design avoided a midships turret that complicated machinery arrangements or an additional mount aft that also increased the length of propeller shafting, but added over 5,000 tons displacement and associated cost. None of the Navys leadership recommended this design and it was passed over.
This plan provided ten 16-inch guns, electric machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 668 feet long on the waterline, 97 feet 6 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 37,500 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