Photo #: S-584-039
Proposed Battleship # 40 ... November 10, 1913
Preliminary design drawing for Battleship # 40, which was planned for construction in Fiscal Year 1915. This drawing represents one of two designs proposed to the General Board on 21 November by the chiefs of the Bureaus of Construction and Repair and Ordnance as their preferred concepts for the ship. This design resembles that adopted for Battleship # 38 (see Photo # S-584-041) but was 4,600 tons larger, having heavier armor (16-inch side armor compared to 13.5-inch), the main battery guns in independent sleeves, and a stronger secondary battery.
This plan provides twelve 14-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 645 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 97 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 36,000 tons. Ultimately, Battleship # 40 was built to a design very similar to Battleship # 38, mounting twelve 14-inch guns.
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 History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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Image posted 14 June 2007