Photo #: S-584-116
80,000 ton Battleship. Scheme IV-1 ... January 30, 1917
Preliminary design plan of a hypothetical battleship created at the request of the U.S. Senate and submitted to the Senate on 14 February 1917. Senator Benjamin R. Tillman of South Carolina had sponsored a resolution calling for the design of the battleship of maximum size and capability that could use the Panama Canal and existing harbor facilities. The Navy recommended against building such ships but delivered plans illustrating potentially feasible designs that reflected differing priorities. This 80,000 ton design (# IV-1) provided five twin and one triple 18-inch gun turrets. No such ships were built.
This plan provides thirteen 18-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 25.2 knots in a ship 975 feet long on the waterline, 108 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 80,000 tons.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on dark blue).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 14 October 2007