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Photo #: S-584-136

Preliminary Design for a "Battleship Cruiser"... May 18, 1918

Preliminary design plan for a "battleship cruiser". 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 in a new ship type. This drawing --"Scheme C"--was prepared by British Navy constructor Stanley Goodall, in parallel to James Bates' "fast battleship" preliminary design "Scheme C" (see Photo # S-584-134), but using British design practices. Goodall was assigned in the U.S. in an exchange billet during the war. No ships of such a fast battleship type were built at this time.
This plan provided twelve 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 30 knots in a ship 860 feet long on the waterline, 106 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 53,000 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 11 November 2007