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Re: King Geoge V class battleships (1940s).
they were built to the design requirements, and were very restricted by the Treaty regulations! all their main actions were at relatively short range and in bad to HORRENDOUS weather,! at North Cape the German destroyers had been sent back to port due to the conditions rendering them useless but DOY operated with no problems! would an extended bow have made any real difference ? NO!
as for VANGUARD she was designed as a fast battleship, a different requirement altogether it is like trying to turn SODAK, into an IOWA!
i think it was a case of the ships being needed in service "a year ago" and anything that prevented that was not considered! and whilst wet DUKE ofYORK fought through the worst weaather at NORTH CAPE!
One of the main failings of the design of this class was deemed to be the lack of sheer forward, making them very wet ships. This was due to a staff requirement that A turret should be capable of fire ahead at zero elevation. Was consideration ever given to fitting an 'Atlantic' type bow? One would have thought it a relatively simple modification.
These ships took alot of water over the bows, which often caused flooding in number 1 turret. I believe it kept their speed at 17 knots in heavy seas due to the enormous amount of water shipped over the bows. I don't think fitting a clipper bow would have taken very long. They could of had a US shipyard do it if necessary.
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