As the title says, this is the house of American horrors, that is to say the whacky, and sometimes monstrous designs produced by the US navy to either satisfy the whims of a US senator who was sick and tired of the ever increasing costs of battleship cough Tillman cough. Others are either fast battleships or battlecruisers. I am obliged to provide you with a governmental health warning. Also, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY HEALTH ISSUES OR INSANITY! You have been warned!
First is the Maximum Battleship design study, unofficially called the Tillman battleships. The idea was to build few ships that were the maximum size that the Panama Canal could handle. That being a ship roughly 300m long and 33m wide.
First up is the 63.500t battleship armed with 12x16"/50 caliber guns. By far the reasonable and realistic of the 6 designs.
The two last are the 80.000t designs armed with 18"/50 caliber guns, with Scheme #4-1 armed with 13 guns in five twin turrets and one triple turret.
Scheme #4-2 has 15x18" guns in five triple turrets.
I won't be doing schemes 1-3 as they are visually identical to #3, with alternating designs having slimmer funnels and slower speed. Two of those designs have sixtuple turrets with 16" guns, and no, that is not a typo. 6 GUNS PER TURRET!
Tis one is wip as of now. One is for a 48.750t 25kt battleship that is basically a stratched South Dakota class.
This is a 30kts battleship armed with 12x16"/50 Mk2s on a long (270m) hull. The superstructure and seconday layout is even more wacky than that of the Tillman's. There are a version of this that is 280m long, but looks the same. There are also two versions of this design with British input, with a more sensible superstructure and secondary layout. The ammount of funnels is likewise reduced. This design also comes in a 270m, and a 280m flavour. Both are still very much wips.
Last, but not least (that's a pun, you may laugh) is a 1085ft (330m) 56.500t battlecruiser armed with 8x16"/45 cal guns with 13" of belt armor and a top speed of 29kts.
I would make another joke about the ship, but it's too long
Here's the last of three carrier designs produced in 1922. This one is about 39000 tons, with a top speed of 34kts. She is armed with 12x6" guns, and 12x5" AA guns. With the signing of the treaty, this design was adopted to the Lexington class battlecruiser hull, and with some changes afterwards, would become the Lexington class carrier that we all know and worship.
After some quick edits, namely adding on the bow and stern guns I have turned my 10 gun AU Tennessee into one of the preliminaries for the Colorado class, most of which had 10 guns in various layouts, each one more crazy than the next: