Photo #: S-584-036
Proposed Battleship # 40 ... October 24, 1913
Preliminary design drawing for Battleship # 40, which was planned for construction in Fiscal Year 1915. This drawing closely resembles the design having eight 16-inch guns that had been proposed to the General Board on 10 October (see Photo # S-584-031) but differed in mounting a heavier secondary battery (6-inch rather than 5-inch guns) and having two additional torpedo tubes. It is not known what circulation outside the Bureau of Construction and Repair design team, if any, was made of this drawing.
This plan provides eight 16-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 600 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 94 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 31,400 tons. Ultimately, however, Battleship # 40 was built to a design very similar to Battleship # 38, mounting twelve 14-inch guns.
Note: The original document was ink on paper (black on white).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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Image posted 18 May 2007