Monday, January 10, 2011
Lost Designs of 1922
In 1922, the Washington treaty was signed by all the great powers, resulting in the scrapping of many existing ships. But another result of this treaty was to destroy many ships that were then building. This series of posts will endeavor to deal with those designs, particularly battleships and battlecruisers, with maybe a hint of other types mixed in as well. First up is the unlucky Battleship USS Washington. The Washington was one of the Colorado class of 16 inch armed ships, one of which was the West Virginia, or "Wee Vee" for short,one of the most badly mauled of the Pearl Harbor ships to be raised. Washington was unlucky enough to fall afoul of the treaty so the poor ship was scrapped.