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Photo # S-584-103: Preliminary Design Plan for an Ammunition Ship for the Fiscal Year 1917 Shipbuilding Program - August 2, 1916

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Bureau of Ships' "Spring Styles" Book # 1 (1911-1925) -- (Naval History and Heritage Command Lot # S-584) --
Auxiliary Vessel and District Craft Preliminary Design Drawings

A total of thirteen out of 211 drawings in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles" Book represent auxiliary vessels and craft. The vessels included are a diverse mix of seagoing and harbor or inshore craft intended to provide support for operation by the main fleets. Seven designs represent vessels intended for oceanic operations, typically in direct support of the battle fleet or other combat units--a fleet oiler, a large supply ship, two transports for Marine troops, a large ammunition ship, a large hospital ship, and a very large, self-propelled floating dry dock. Ships of all these types were built, with the exception of the floating dry dock. This concept survived into the 1930s, when as the class "B" floating dry dock ARD-3 it was redesigned in 1935 to accommodate the Lexington class carriers, given an enclosed ship-like bow, and slated for construction by the Bureau of Yards and Docks in 1936 on the West Coast at either a Navy Yard or a private shipyard. Design work continued into 1938 but the dock was not built. Large floating docks (even larger than this design) eventually were provided during World War II, but they were non-self propelled and were separable into sections for easier transport.

The other auxiliary vessels in the "Spring Styles" Book include a cable layer for development of communications infrastructure, three tug designs, one plan for a barge housing a large dirigible hangar, and one small coastal craft equipped to recover downed aircraft. Most of these represent designs that were built, though the cable layer--proposed for conversion from a commercial design--was not pursued at this time.

This page features those 1911-1925 Bureau of Ships "Spring Styles" plans that concern auxiliary vessels and district craft types.

For general information on this album, see:

  • Bureau of Ships' "Spring Styles" Book # 1 (1911-1925) -- General Description.


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    The Auxiliary Vessel and District Craft drawings included in this album are:

    --One design for a Fuel Ship (oiler):

  • S-584-086: "Fuel Ship 1917 Bldg. Program" - September 1915. Preliminary Design No.148 for an oiler displacing 14,500 tons with a main armament of four 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 14 knots. No oilers were built under the Fiscal Year 1917 program.

    --One proposed design for the Supply Ship Bridge:

  • S-584-077: Undated Design Plan for Supply Ship # 1. Preliminary Design No.139 for a fleet supply ship displacing 8,500 tons with a main battery of four 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 14 knots. The Bridge (Supply Ship # 1) was built to this design.

    --Two proposed designs for Transports:

  • S-584-074: Undated Design Plan for Transport # 1. Preliminary Design No.136 for a transport displacing 10,000 tons with a main battery of eight 5-inch guns. The Henderson (Transport # 1) was built to this design.
  • S-584-087: "Transport 1917 Bldg. Program" - September 1915. Preliminary Design No.149 for a 10,300 ton ship with a main battery of eight 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 14 knots. No transports were built under the Fiscal Year 1917 program.

    --One proposed design for the Ammunition Ship Pyro:

  • S-584-103: Preliminary Design Plan for an Ammunition Ship for the Fiscal Year 1917 Shipbuilding Program - August 2, 1916. Preliminary Design No.170 for a 10,600 ton ship with a main battery of four 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 16 knots. With a few modifications, this design was used for construction of the two Pyro (Ammunition Ship # 1) class ships.

    --One proposed design for the Hospital Ship Relief:

  • S-584-049: Preliminary Design Plan for a Hospital Ship - February 1915. Preliminary Design No.110 for a 10,000 ton ship with no gun armament and a maximum speed of 14 knots. This plan was used for construction of the Relief (Hospital Ship # 1).

    --One proposed design for a Cable Layer, not selected for construction:

  • S-584-181: "Vessel of the Golden State Class Converted to Cable Carrier" - September 24, 1921. Preliminary design drawing for a 21,300 ton cable ship converted from an EFC Design 1029 troop transport with no gun armament and a maximum speed of 17 knots. No ships were built or modified to this design.

    --One proposed design for a Self-Propelled Floating Dry Dock, not selected for construction:

  • S-584-162: Preliminary Design Plan for a "Self-Propelled Floating Dry Dock" - September 25, 1920. Preliminary design drawing of a 53,700 ton vessel with no gun armament and a maximum speed of 10 knots. No vessel of this type was built.

    --One drawing of the design for Tug Chemung:

  • S-584-126: "U. S. S. Chemung Tug # 18" - March 12, 1918. Design drawing for a 555 ton ship with a main battery of two 3-inch guns and a maximum speed of 11 knots. Tug Pocahontas, renamed Chemung in 1917, was built to this design.

    --One proposed design for the YT-46 class Harbor Tugs:

  • S-584-127: Untitled Plan for a Harbor Tug - March 20, 1918. Untitled draft preliminary design drawing for a 215 ton ship with no gun armament and a maximum speed of 10 knots. The YT-46 class tugs were built to a design developed from this concept plan.

    --One proposed design for a seagoing Tug, not selected for construction:

  • S-584-128: Untitled Plan for a Seagoing Tug - March 25, 1918. Draft preliminary design drawing, without full characteristics data, for a wooden tug. No ship was built to this design.

    --One proposed design for the Dirigible Hangar Barge YX-2:

  • S-584-076: "Hangar [Barge] for Dirigible" - Undated. Preliminary Design No.138 for a 872 ton vessel with no armament and no propulsion. A smaller variant of this design, designated with the file symbol YX-2, was built in 1916.

    --One proposed design for the Aeroplane Wrecking Derrick YSD-1:

  • S-584-075: "Aero. [Aeroplane] Wrecking Derrick" - Undated. Preliminary Design No.137 for a 90 ton vessel with no armament and a speed of 6 knots. Seaplane Wrecking Derrick #1, designated as YSD-1 in 1920, was built to this design in 1916.



    For general information on this album, see:

  • Bureau of Ships' "Spring Styles" Book # 1 (1911-1925) -- General Description.


    NOTES:

  • To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.

  • Some images linked from this page may bear obsolete credit lines citing the organization name: "Naval Historical Center". Effective 1 December 2008 the name should be cited as: "Naval History and Heritage Command".


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