The new Battleship Nevada
June 13, 1914
The “Eagle” is in receipt, from Senator Newlands, of the above cut and the following descriptive matter of the new Battleship Nevada: Length on designer’s water line, 575 feet; breadth, extreme at designer’s water line 95 ft. 2 5-8 inches; mean trial displacement, 27,500 tons; mean draft to bottom of keel at trial displacement (about) 28 ft. six inches; total fuel- oil storage, 2,000 tons; feed water carried on trial, 165 tons; speed on trial, not less than 20 1/2 knots; armament, main battery; ten 14-inch, 45 caliber breech-loading rifles; secondary on battery; twenty-one 5-inch rapid fire guns, 51 caliber, four 3-powder saluting guns, two 1-powder semi-automatic guns for boats, two 3-inch field pieces, two machine guns, 30 caliber. Contract for the Nevada was entered into with the Fore River shipbuilding company on January 22, 1912.
The Nevada and Oklahoma, sister ships are equipped with 14-inch guns in accordance with the practice initiated on their predecessors, the New York and Texas. They are of 27,500 tons displacement, each being larger by 500 tons than their predecessors. They mark a distinct advancement in battleship construction over previous classes in respect to the efficiency of their armor protection, water-tight subdivision and under-water protection, as well as other important military features. They will develop a speed of 21 knots an hour, and will have a very large cruising radius.
The Nevada will be fitted with Curtis turbine machinery driving twin screws. In the design special attention has been given to the development of the maximum economy in fuel consumption under cruising conditions.
The Mine Owners association of Nevada and the people of Tonopah have agreed to furnish, free of charge all the silver service to be presented to the Nevada and the last legislature appropriated $5,000 to supplement the contribution made by private individuals for a gold and silver or exclusively silver service for presentation on behalf of the people of Nevada at the launching, which will take place shortly.