But in regards to differences in sister ships built at the exact same time but in different yards, I believe that you'll find a lot of examples in British and French destroyers built between 1900-1939, and German destroyers up to 1918, where all the ships built in one yard differed from sisters built in a different yard. Sometimes details were small, sometimes large enough to readily see. Why this is, I don't know. Perhaps it was due to suggestions made by the builder and his staff during construction? Sometimes ships in a class were even distinguished from others in the same class by the name of the builder, such as German ships which were given numbers, with a letter prefix such as S13 or B97, the letter indicating what yard built the ship.
: Like many of you, I can be obsessive that a
: model I buy be an accurate replica of a
: particular ship. This then leads me to a
: question.... take the WWII USN CV-5, CV-6,
: and CV-8. All members of the same class.
: Yet, there were a number of differences
: between them, especially wrt their
: superstructures. Surely the builders were
: using plans, accurate copies of which could
: be made and disseminated to the respective
: building crews. So HOW do these variations
: come to take place? I can see how members
: of a class built over a long stretch of time
: could differ (the Burkes being an example)
: because later ships could be modified to
: exploit lessons learned with earlier
: sisters. But when they're all building at
: the same time? Do builders just take
: liberty with plans? Surely not... surely
: someone has to suggest a change, have a
: reason for it, and get it approved. Does
: anyone know?
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