Photo #: S-584-148
Design Plan for Battle Cruisers # 1 to 6 ... March 13, 1919
A design plan for Battle Cruisers #1 to 6. This plan represents the third of four versions of the Constellation (Battle Cruiser # 1) class design. This design was fully developed during July to November 1918 and provided four twin 16-inch gun turrets instead of two triple and two twin 14-inch gun turrets as provided in the earlier designs (see Photo # S-584-102 for the first design). This design underwent further major change during 1919 prior to start of construction. Ultimately only two were completed, as aircraft carriers Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3).
This plan provides eight 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 850 feet long on the waterline, 90 feet 11 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 35,300 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 10 December 2007