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Re: Perhaps this helps explain it
IS the actual design easier tp produce than the ideal, ??? at the time they were being built experienced welders were in short supply and more were being trained daily to produce thousands of ships, in yards which were being built along with the ships! traditional riveting was impossible due to lack of trained staff so the quickest easiest though not best solution was used!
No, the design makes construction more difficult—shockingly so. It's not ideal for weight/treaty limitations. It's not ideal for strength. It's not ideal for ease of construction.
Yet we know the designers were very bright. So there must be some considerations that are not intuitively obvious to the casual observer here at work. Those considerations were probably based upon some erroneous assumption of the day where we have the benefit of hindsight.
For example, on the NC we see the same kind of arrangement, The bow is flush welded. The forward section has inverted clapboard. Midship becomes flush.
It's too bad I can't post pictures directly to this board to illustrate.
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