Photo #: S-584-100
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. This design followed the earlier Tennessee (Battleship No.43) in speed and layout, differing in replacing triple 14-inch gun turrets with twin 16-inch turrets of similar weight while adding a fifth twin 16-inch gun turret amidships. The extra turret was placed abaft the bridge but forward of the machinery spaces, avoiding any impact on machinery arrangements. The ship remained considerably larger than several others, however, and it was passed over.
This plan provided ten 16-inch guns, electric machinery, and a speed of 21 knots in a ship 656 feet long on the waterline, 97 feet 6 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 36,900 tons.
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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Image posted 24 August 2007