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Photo # S-584-144: Untitled and Undated Preliminary Design Drawing of a Destroyer Leader, January 1918

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

Fourteen of the 211 design drawings in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles" Book treat destroyers. These drawings include ten plans showing large destroyers and destroyer leaders, none of which led to designs selected for construction, and four plans illustrating smaller, more conventional designs that resulted in designs that were selected for construction. Two of the destroyer plans represent designs considered in developing the famous "Flush-Deck" type ships of the Wickes (Destroyer # 75) and the similar Clemson (Destroyer # 186) classes built in very large numbers under World War I building programs, many of these vessels serving through World War II.

This page features those 1911-1925 Bureau of Ships "Spring Styles" plans that concern destroyers.

For general information on this album, see:

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


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    The Destroyer drawings included in this album are:

    --One proposed design for a large destroyer, 1912, not selected for construction:

  • S-584-025: Proposed Destroyer - Oct. 15. 1912. Drawing of a 2,160 ton ship with a main battery of four 4-inch guns and a maximum speed of 35 knots. This concept was abandoned in favor of continued construction of ships having a displacement of about 1,000 tons.

    --One proposed design for the O'Brien class:

  • S-584-026: Proposed Destroyer - Jan. 14, 1913. Drawing of a 1,090 ton ship with a main battery of four 4-inch guns and a maximum speed of 29.5 knots. This plan represents the design chosen for the O'Brien (Destroyer # 51) class.

    --One proposed design for the Sampson class:

  • S-584-045: Destroyers # 63-70 - Jan. 21, 1914. Preliminary Design No.107 for a 1,150 ton ship with a main battery of four 4-inch guns and a maximum speed of 29.5 knots. This plan represents the design chosen for the Sampson (Destroyer # 63) class.

    --Two proposed designs for the Wilkes class:

  • S-584-085: Destroyer - 1917 Bldg. Program - Sept. 1915. Preliminary Design No.147 for a 1,125 ton ship with a main battery of four 4-inch guns and a maximum speed of 30 knots. This plan represents a preliminary design in a series that led to the Wilkes (Destroyer # 75) class.
  • S-584-101: Untitled Preliminary Design Plan of a Destroyer, May 18, 1916. Preliminary Design No.161 for a 1,160 ton ship with a main battery of four 4-inch guns and a maximum speed of 30 knots. This plan represents the preliminary design selected for the Wilkes (Destroyer # 75) class.

    --Nine drawings for proposed large destroyer leaders, 1917-1918, none of which were constructed:

  • S-584-118: Large Destroyer - "Scheme # 1" - Sept. 10, 1917. Drawing of a 2,565 ton ship with a main battery of six 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 35.5 knots. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-119: Large Destroyer - "Scheme # 2" - Sept. 10, 1917. Drawing of a 2,100 ton ship with a main battery of six 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 33 knots. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-120: Large Destroyer - "Scheme # 3" - Sept. 10, 1917. Drawing of a 1,675 ton ship with a main battery of four 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 29.5 knots. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-131: 1525 Ton Destroyer Leader, undated design. Drawing of a 1,525 ton ship with a main battery of five 5-inch guns and a maximum speed of 33.8 knots. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-139: 2150-2200 Ton Destroyer Leader - June 10, 1918. Drawings showing hull form and internal structure for a large destroyer leader then under consideration. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-140: 2150-2200 Ton Destroyer Leader - June 10, 1918. Drawing of a large destroyer with all boiler rooms forward. Outline inboard profile drawing for a large destroyer leader with a maximum speed of 37 knots then under consideration. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-141: 2150-2200 Ton Destroyer Leader - June 10, 1918. Drawing of a large destroyer with separated boiler rooms. Outline inboard profile drawing lacking full data describing ship's characteristics. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-142: 1750 Ton Destroyer Leader - June 11, 1918. Outline cross sections of hull form and structural layout of a preliminary design for a large destroyer under consideration. No ship was built to this concept.
  • S-584-143: 1750 Ton Destroyer Leader - June 11, 1918. Outline inboard profile drawing for a large destroyer leader with a maximum speed of 35 knots then under consideration.
  • S-584-144: Untitled and Undated Preliminary Design Drawing of a Destroyer Leader. Drawing of a proposed design for a large, 325-foot long destroyer leader proposed for construction in January 1918 by the Bath Iron Works company. No ship was built to this concept.



    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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