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"SPRING STYLES," 1939-1944

Photo # S-511-62:  Preliminary design plan for 'bombardment ship' and 'anti-aircraft ship' conversions of escort ships (DE)

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Bureau of Ships' "Spring Styles" Book # 3 (1939-1944) -- (Naval Historical Center Lot # S-511) --
Escort Vessel and Mine Vessel Preliminary Design Drawings

The 1939-1944 "Spring Styles" Book includes five preliminary design drawings for ships intended for mine warfare or escort service. The earliest (January 1941) of these is for a minesweeper conversion of the 173-foot steel submarine chasers (PC) then under construction, a project that apparently resulted in the Adroit (AM-82) class. Other mine vessel plans (from May and June 1941) are for what is presumably the preliminary design of 180-foot Admirable (AM-136) class minesweepers, and for a 275-foot coastal mine layer. The latter did not find a place in the Navy's actual construction program.

An April 1941 drawing shows a modification of a British Navy "Flower" class corvette, a type immortalized by their wartime achievements and in the post-war novel "The Cruel Sea". Several of these little ships, built in the United Kingdom or Canada, entered U.S. Navy service as the Temptress (PG-62) and Action (PG-86) class "gunboats".

By September 1943, with the German submarine threat notably less daunting than just a few months previously, the existing construction program for escort ships (DE) appeared to be excessive. Accordingly, proposals were prepared for converting some of these hulls for other purposes. The "Spring Styles" book includes a drawing for two such conversions, both featuring larger numbers of five-inch guns: a "Bombardment Ship" and an "Anti-Aircraft Ship".

This page features those 1939-1944 Bureau of Ships "Spring Styles" plans that concern escort and mine warfare vessels.

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The Escort and Mine Vessel drawings included in this album are:

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