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Gibbs & Cox project 10921-E: The Destroyer for the Soviet Union


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Jan 30, 2020
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Hi all. I've been working on this essay for a while, but as it's not a well known project I figured I'd share it here.

The short historical background on this project is simple: When the Soviets came to Gibbs & Cox for battleships in the late 30s, they also looked for some destroyers to be built in the US. 6 design variants are known, but I only have the blueprints for one of them (for now). This was Project 10921-E, which the Soviets intended to buy before Molotov-Ribbentrop and the invasion of Poland put a stop to these efforts.

I'm working to have this published in Warship International, and I'm hoping to compile all of the Gibbs & Cox Soviet export projects into their own book at some point (COVID has severely slowed my efforts with NARA), But that is a while away, and I'll share what I have now.

Essay available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nmOCNEAr8WQ8G_UpwOxKv85hABrqr-4a2nLncNncR9o/edit?usp=sharing

Blueprint images available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nmOCNEAr8WQ8G_UpwOxKv85hABrqr-4a2nLncNncR9o/edit?usp=sharing

Sadly the blueprints themselves were too large to scan, so some of the images are of debatable quality.

I'm working on getting some of the other Gibbs & Cox designs for the Soviets from this time period, but keep in mind the essay itself is a work in progress, and given a lot of the information I'm waiting to pull from NARA, it may heavily change before publication.


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Jan 19, 2014
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I would be very interested in further designs by Gibbs and Cox. There is a book in this given the designs they had for the Soviets and things I have seen like the 1940 light destroyer/DE with 2-4", 2-3" and 6-TT.

Dave G.