Photo #: S-584-150
Preliminary Design Plan for a "Small Battleship" ... April 17, 1919
Preliminary design plan for a "Small Battleship" (A-7). The Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair requested on 8 March 1919 that his staff develop a set of comparative studies for ships of this type, apparently reflecting his desire to anticipate a possible need, as early as the 1920 shipbuilding program, for retrenchment from increasingly large capital ship designs under development at the time. The "A" series Small Battleship designs, initiated on 17 March, incorporated the four 16-inch gun armament and 12 inch side armor specified as an initial baseline for the type, and 20 knots speed. The concept was not pursued.
This plan provided four 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 20 knots in a ship 510 feet long on the waterline, 92 feet 6 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 24,000 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 21 December 2007