Photo #: S-584-121
"200-Ft. Sub Chaser--Turbine Design" ... November 22, 1917
Preliminary design plan for a turbine-powered submarine chaser, prepared in response to a proposal for such a medium-sized anti-submarine vessel made in a letter of 28 October 1917 by the Special Board on Anti-Submarine Devices. Navy Chief Constructor David W. Taylor provided some initial draft characteristics for the preliminary design on 5 November 1917, and he reviewed this resulting plan on 26 December. Industrialist Henry Ford met with Taylor on 28 December, and his mass-production "Eagle Boat" design was developed from this steam-powered variant of the design.
This plan provides one 5-inch and one 3-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 200 feet long on the water line, 24 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 475 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 History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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Image posted 20 October 2007