Photo #: S-584-211
"10000 Ton Light Cruiser with Forecastle" ... September 16, 1925
Preliminary design plan for a cruiser to be built under treaty limitations covering ships of up to 10,000 tons treaty displacement. This plan adopted a forecastle deck forward for improved seakeeping, a feature that was not employed in the U.S. Navy’s first cruisers built under treaty limits, the Pensacola (CL-24) class of Fiscal Year 1926. The drawing includes a data table that includes the comparative freeboard between a flush deck design (like Pensacola) and this design. This drawing anticipates the design of the Northampton (CL-26) class of Fiscal Year 1927. It is initialed “J.L.B.", for James L. Bates, the lead civilian in the Preliminary Design office between the two world wars.
This plan provided four 8-inch gun turrets in a ship with a treaty displacement of 10,000 tons. No other data are shown on this drawing.
Note: The original document was pencil on paper (black on white).
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 16 March 2008