Photo #: S-584-151
Preliminary Design Plan for a "Small Battleship" ... April 18, 1919
Preliminary design plan for a "Small Battleship" (E-3). The Chief of the Bureau of Construction and Repair requested on 8 March 1919 that his staff develop a set of comparative studies for ships of this type, apparently reflecting his desire to anticipate a possible need, as early as the 1920 shipbuilding program, for retrenchment from the large capital ship designs under development at the time. The "E" series Small Battleship designs, initiated on 10 April, were modifications of the "A" series (see Photo # S-584-150), with armament increased from four to six 16-inch guns. The concept was not pursued.
This plan provided six 16-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 20 knots in a ship 530 feet long on the waterline, 94 feet 6 inches in beam, and with a normal displacement of 26,250 tons.
Note: The original document was a blueprint (white on dark blue).
The original plan is in the 1911-1925 "Spring Styles Book".
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 21 December 2007