Photo #: S-584-047
"Battleship 1916" ... October 4, 1914
Design drawing illustrating a potential change to the features planned for Battleship # 43 of the Fiscal Year 1916 shipbuilding program. The Secretary of the Navy directed on 30 July 1914 that this design would be the same as the previous Battleship # 40 class (see Photo # S-584-044), except that speed would be reduced one-half knot to 20.5 knots. This drawing shows the side protection system of vertical bulkheads on each side widened by 4 feet 3 inches to a total of 15 feet and one additional vertical bulkhead added. The design was changed significantly, and finally, a month later to provide five vertical bulkheads inside the shell with the protective decks flat above them.
This plan provides twelve 14-inch guns, turbine machinery, and a speed of 20.5 knots in a ship 600 feet long on the waterline, 97 feet 4.5 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 32,000 tons.
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.
Online Image: 249KB; 1600 x 1075 pixels
Image posted 28 June 2007