Photo #: S-584-056
Preliminary Design No.118 for a Scout Cruiser ... April 1915
Preliminary design plan for a large scout cruiser, prepared to support General Board discussions concerning the characteristics sought in future cruisers.
This plan provided four 12-inch guns and seven 5-inch guns and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 720 feet long on the load water line, 69 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 14,350 tons. This design sacrificed all armor protection to add heavy gun armament and retain 35 knots speed, also adding 3,850 tons displacement over design No.112. This design was third in a set of 11 designs undertaken as a group during 21 to 29 April 1915 to explore tradeoffs among armament, protection, and size in large scout cruisers capable of 35 knots speed. This design series took Preliminary Design No.112 (see Photo # S-584-050) as a baseline. Ultimately, however, no ships of this large type were built.
Note: The original document was ink on linen (black on white).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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