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Construction techniques or hull shape????
You said the hull was inefficient. What do you mean? The Navy managed to pack a lot of features and protection into it and used the best hydrodynamic features they knew of. The long slim bow with bulbous forefoot insured high speed while the long parallel lines reduced form drag. The skegs and stern shape are explained in texts. These ships had great fuel capacity AND good fuel economy. If the beef you have is construction techniques, then you have to blame the navy as the hull construction details were developed by them. There is no doubt that familiar, proven methods of construction were used. Ships damaged in war reveal deficiencies in select practices but the war was not on when the design was developed.
ONLY the most experienced people were put on development of hull plating details.
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