Photo #: S-584-131
Preliminary Design Plan for a "Destroyer Leader" ... Undated
A preliminary design plan for a destroyer leader, prepared by the Navy’s design office to depict the implementation of a Bath Iron Works proposal made in January 1918 for a new "enlarged destroyer" for the Navy. A rough draft of characteristics for this design included in Preliminary Design Book # 192 is dated 19 April 1918, suggesting that this drawing was made soon afterward. A subsequent series of plans investigated a range of possibilities in building vessels of this general type but none was pursued beyond an early stage. A contract with Bath to provide design support was signed on 29 May but Bath reportedly lost interest when the Navy settled on a larger, 2200-ton design soon afterwards.
This plan provided five 5-inch guns, geared turbine machinery, and a speed of 33.8 knots in a ship 325 feet long on the waterline, 32.6 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 1,525 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 History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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Image posted 29 October 2007