Photo #: S-584-118
Large Destroyer -- "Scheme # 1 ... Sept. 10, 1917"
The head of the Bureau of Construction and Repair asked the bureau's Preliminary Design Branch to make "a preliminary pass at a Destroyer Leader" as a means of understanding the issues involved in designing such a ship, a type not previously built for the U.S. Navy. During 20 August to 10 September 1917 three initial, comparative sketch designs were prepared under the heading "Preliminary Design No.192" by Naval Architect James L. Bates. Scheme #1 (seen here), the most ambitious design, was based on using double the machinery installation then being used for the Wickes (Destroyer # 75) class and thus had four propeller shafts.
This plan provides six 5-inch guns and a speed of 35.5 knots in a ship 390 feet long on the load water line (L.W.L.), 37 feet 6 inches in beam, with a normal displacement of 2,565 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 15 October 2007