Photo #: S-584-130
Rough Draft of a Preliminary Design for a Fast Battleship ... April 23, 1918
A rough draft for a preliminary design plan intended to provide for a new "fast battleship" ship type. One of a series of preliminary designs prepared in response to Chief Constructor David Taylor's direction to his design staff on 9 April 1918 to examine "combining the principal features of the battleship and battle cruiser classes ... to get as much speed as practicable in a vessel carrying a maximum battery and as much protection as possible." This drawing was made by Navy civilian naval architect James L. Bates and its final version is seen in Photo # S-584-134. No ships were built to this design.
This plan provided twelve 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 30 1/4 knots in a ship 900 feet long on the waterline, 106 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 55,000 tons.
Note: The original document was ink on linen (black on white).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 29 October 2007