Photo #: S-584-071
Preliminary Design No.132 for a Scout Cruiser ... May 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 16-inch guns and seven 5-inch guns and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 800 feet long on the load water line, 88 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 26,800 tons. This design included 2,470 tons of armor protection, including 8-inch side armor over 400 feet by 17 feet 6 inches amidships and 3-inch deck protection, and a displacement increase of 16,300 tons over design No.112. This design was last of a group of three undertaken during May 1915, apparently to further explore tradeoffs among armament, protection, and size in large scout cruisers. This design series took Preliminary Design No.112 (see Photo # S-584-050) as a baseline. Ultimately, however, no ships of this type were built.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on blue).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 12 July 2007