Photo #: S-584-102
Preliminary Design for a Battle Cruiser ... June 16, 1916
Preliminary design plan for a battle cruiser sent on 19 June 1916 to the Secretary of the Navy to fulfill the characteristics approved on 13 October 1915 for future battle cruiser construction. This design was based on the hull design developed earlier for P.D. 144 (see Photo # S-584-083) and 150 (see Photo # S-584-089). The Secretary of the Navy approved this design on 29 August 1916 for construction of the Fiscal Year 1917 ships that became the Lexington (Battle Cruiser # 1) class. The design was altered substantially three times prior to construction and ultimately only two ships were completed, as aircraft carriers (see Photo # S-584-182).
This plan provides ten 14-inch guns, electric drive machinery, and a speed of 35 knots in a ship 850 feet long on the waterline, 90 feet in beam, and with a normal displacement of 33,500 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 16 September 2007