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Photo #: S-584-090

Preliminary Design Plan for a "Battle Scout" ... October 1915

Preliminary design plan for a large scout cruiser, called a "Battle Scout". These "Battle Scout" designs apparently were intended to explore what capabilities might be provided in a large ship type having fewer heavy guns than a Battle Cruiser but having a significantly heavier main battery than the more lightly armed Scout Cruisers studied earlier in 1915. No "Battle Scouts" were built.
This plan provides eight 14-inch and twelve 6-inch guns, and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 800 feet long on the water line, 94 feet in beam, with a normal displacement of 32,000 tons. This design differs from P.D. 150 (see Photo # S-584-089) in having the main battery grouped in two turrets rather than four, using the weight saved to extend the side armor the full length of the ship.
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 10 August 2007