The Last American Dreadnought
American Battleships
South Dakota (BB-49) class
A Study in Blueprints

by Duane Borchers, Sr.

BK-113 $75.00 (Foreign, $105.00)(11"x17", soft cover, 175 pages)
Ships of class: USS South Dakota (BB-49), USS Indiana (BB-50), USS Montana (BB-51), USS North Carolina (BB-52), USS Iowa (BB-53) and USS Massachusetts (BB-54).

List of blueprints

Title

Shipyard & Vessel

Date of
Document

Page

Outboard profile,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

April 25, 1919

5-7

Inboard profile,

do.

do.

8-10

Lines & molded offsets,

do.

do.

11-13

Cross sections at frames 2, 6, 12, 18, 26, 30, 38, 51, 62, 66, 70, 84, 105, 113, 116, 131, 137, 143, 149, 154, 159 & 162,

do.

do.

14-15

Midship section & type details,

do.

do.

16-17

Body,

do.

do.

18-19

Outboard profile & inboard profile,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Jan. 6, 1922

20

Upper, main & 2nd decks,

do.

do.

21-22

3rd, 1st platform & 2nd platform

decks,

do.

do.

22-23

Superstructure, upper deck & bridges,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

Apr. 25, 1919

24-26

Main & 2nd decks,

do.

do.

27-29

3rd, 1st platform & inclined protective 
decks,

do.

do.

30-32

2nd platform & hold,

do.

do.

33-35

Compartment & access, upper deck &
bridges,

do.

do.

36-37

Compartment & access, main & 2nd
decks,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

Apr. 25, 1919

38-40

Compartment & access, 3rd & 1st
platform decks,

do.

do.

41-43

Compartment & access, hold & 2nd
platform deck,

do.

do.

44-46

Compartment & access, inner bottom,

do.

do.

47-49

Ventilation, upper deck & bridges,

do.

do.

50-51

Compartment testing diagram,

do.

Oct. 24, 1919

52-54

Outside plating, above armor shelf,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

June 24, 1920

55-57

Outside plating, below armor shelf,
fwd.,

do.

Nov. 29, 1919

58-60

Outside plating, below armor shelf,
aft,

do.

do.

61-63

Arrg=t., of armor,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

Apr. 25, 1919

64-66

do.

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Aug. 11, 1922

67-68

Access & stanchions, main, upper deck
& above,

do.

Apr. 23, 1921

69-72

Superstructure deck plating,

do.

Dec. 8, 1920

73-75

Arrg=t., of scuppers & drains, sheet 1,

do.

Feb. 17, 1921

76-78

Bow framing & webs,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Jan. 10, 1920

79-81

Rudderpost, rudder, fairwater & stern
framing,

Willian Cramp & Sons
Philadelphia, Penn.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Apr. 10, 1918

82-84

Rudder, preliminary plan,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Jan. 14, 1919

85

Inboard shaft struts, tentative conn.,

do.

Sept. 19, 1919

86-87

Shaft struts for outboard shafts,

do.

Apr. 19, 1920

88-90

Shaft tubes, plan views,

do.

Mar. 5, 1920

91-93

Preliminary arrg=t., cage masts,

do.

Dec. 1, 1920

94-95

Range finder platforms for forward
cage mast,

Portsmouth Navy Yard
Portsmouth, N.H.
USS Montana (BB-51)

Aug. 6, 1918

96

Stern chock details,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

June 12, 1920

97-98

Arrg=t., of davits, hatch crane, lifting
booms & outside hoisting appliances,

do.

Feb. 16, 1920

99-100

Boat crane,

do.

Dec. 23, 1919

101-103

Arrg=t., of steering gear space,

do.

Jan. 8, 1921

104

Preliminary arrg=t., of steering gear,
aft,

do.

Nov. 26, 1919

105-106

Paravane gear,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

Sept. 18, 1919

107

Proposed modification of stem casting
for burney gear,

do.

May 3, 1919

108

Jack staff, arrg=t.,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

-

109

Arrg=t., of machinery in engine room,

do.

Nov. 7, 1919

110-111

Torpedo tube mouthpieces,

do.

June 26, 1920

112-113

Stricking down & handling of
torpedoes,

do.

Dec. 22, 1921

114

Ammunition stowage,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

do.

115-117

Location of 6" ammunition hoists,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Apr. 22, 1920

118-120

Arrg=t., of secondary battery,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

Oct. 21, 1918

121-122

Location & train of 6" guns,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Mar. 24, 1920

123

Universal gun ports for 6" guns,

do.

Mar. 24, 1920

124-125

6" gun ports & foundations on upper &
superstructure decks,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Oct. 20, 1920

126-128

6" gun ports & foundations, 20 1/2" aft
of frame 94,

do.

May 2, 1921

129-132

16" turrets,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

-

133-135

do.

do.

-

136-138

do.

do.

-

139-141

do.

do.

-

142-145

do.

do.

-

146-148

16" turrets, structural arrg=t., sheet 1,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Feb. 16, 1921

149-153

16" turrets, structural arrg=t., sheet 2,

do.

Feb. 21, 1921

154-157

16" turrets, structural arrg=t., sheet 3,

do.

do.

158-161

16" turrets, structural arrg=t., sheet 4,

do.

Feb. 16, 1921

162-164

16" turrets, shelf plate,

do.

Apr. 25, 1921

165-166

Proposed battle station #2 in turret
#2,

Contract Plan
Navy Dept.
BuC&R
Wash., DC
(BB-49-54)

Apr. 25, 1919

167-168

do.

do.

May 11, 1920

169-171

Arrg=t., of turret turning gear,

Newport News Shipyard
Newport News, Virg.
USS Iowa (BB-53)

Oct. 10, 1920

172-175

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