Photo #: S-584-095
Battleship 1917 ... March 20, 1916
A preliminary design for a battleship to be funded in Fiscal Year 1917, sent on 28 March 1916 to the Navy Department as one of six alternatives for consideration for construction subsequent to the Tennessee (Battleship No.43) design. This design closely followed the Tennessee in size and speed, differing in having twin 16-inch gun turrets in place of triple 14-inch gun turrets of similar weight. This approach provided the quickest way to improve the Tennessee class design and was selected by the Secretary of the Navy on 22 August 1916 for what became the Colorado (Battleship No.45) class.
This plan provided eight 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 600 feet long on the waterline, 97 feet 6 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 32,400 tons.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on black).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 24 August 2007