Photo #: S-584-134
Preliminary Design for a Fast Battleships ... May 16, 1918
Preliminary design plan for a fast battleship. 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 prepare designs that merged battleship and battle cruiser qualities into a single new ship type. This particular drawing -- designated "Scheme C" -- was laid out by Navy civilian naval architect James L. Bates. "Scheme C" eliminated side armor at the Second Deck level, compared to "Scheme D" (see Photo # S-584-133), in order to permit greater length for slightly higher speed at the same displacement.
This plan provided twelve 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 30 knots in a ship 900 feet long on the waterline, 106 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 54,500 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 10 November 2007