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Photo # S-584-166: 'Cruiser Submarine Type # 2--Armored'--October 23, 1920

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

Eight of the 211 design drawings in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles" Book treat submarines. These drawings all show large submarines considered for construction after the end of World War I. One drawing shows a design for a "Fleet Submarine" that was used in building the V-1 (named Barracuda in 1931). Three drawings show successive stages in the development of the concept used in building the "Cruiser Submarines" of the V-4 (renamed Argonaut in 1931) and V-5 (renamed Narwhal in 1931) classes. Four designs are included for large "Cruiser Submarines", calling for much larger ships, the size of large surface combatant cruiser types and mounting from two to eight 8-inch guns. These very large designs were not pursued. The U.S. Navy evaluated numerous designs for such very large submarines at this time but only four appear in this volume.

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

For general information on this album, see:

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


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    The Submarine drawings included in this album are:

    --One proposed design for the V-1 (renamed Barracuda in 1931) class:

  • S-584-160: Preliminary Design Plan for "1919 Fleet Submarine" - January 6, 1920. Drawing of a 1,900 ton submarine with a main battery of one 5-inch gun and a maximum surface speed of 21 knots. With some detail changes, the V-1 (SF-4, later SS-163) class was built to this design.

    --One proposed design for the V-4 (renamed Argonaut in 1931) and V-5 (renamed Narwhal in 1931) classes:

  • S-584-161: Preliminary Design Plan for "Cruiser Submarine 1919" - April 9, 1920. Drawing of a 2,680 ton submarine with a main battery of two 6-inch guns and a maximum surface speed of 17 knots. With some detail changes, the V-4 (SF-7, later SM-1) and V-5 (SF-8, later SC-1, later SS-167) classes were built to this design.

    --Four proposed designs for a heavily-armed cruiser submarine, none of which were selected for construction:

  • S-584-163: "Cruiser Submarine Type # 1 - Unprotected" - October 20, 1920. Drawing of a 10,000 ton submarine with a main battery of eight 8-inch guns and a maximum surface speed of 14 knots. No ship of this type was built.
  • S-584-164: "Cruiser Submarine Type # 4 (High Speed)" - October 23, 1920. Drawing of a 8,750 ton submarine with a main battery of two 8-inch guns and a maximum surface speed of 18 knots. No ship of this type was built.
  • S-584-165: "Cruiser Submarine Type # 3 - Protected against torp. & Gun Fire" - October 23, 1920. Drawing of a 13,500 ton submarine with a main battery of four 8-inch guns and a maximum surface speed of 11.75 knots. No ship of this type was built.
  • S-584-166: "Cruiser Submarine Type # 2 - Armored" - October 23, 1920. Drawing of a 13,500 ton submarine with a main battery of eight 8-inch guns and a maximum surface speed of 15.5 knots. No ship of this type was built.

    --Two proposed designs for the V-4 (renamed Argonaut in 1931):

  • S-584-191: Preliminary Design Plan for a "Mine Laying Submarine" - February 20, 1924. Drawing from Preliminary Design Book No.309 of a 2,780 ton submarine with a main battery of two 6-inch guns and a maximum surface speed of 15 knots. Submarine V-4 (SF-7, later SM-1) was built to a later version of this design.
  • S-584-195: Undated Design Plan for "U. S. S. V-4 Revised". Drawing of a submarine without any stated characteristics data. Submarine V-4 (SF-7, later SM-1) was built to this design.



    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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