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Re: Why is too much flare a...
Comfort is not the main issue. If there is too much flare, as the ship is pitching in heavy weather, that flare can slap hard against the water (it is called pounding) stressing the hull. USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) was rounding the tip of South America en route to the Pacific shortly after her SCB-27C modernization. The flare of her "long hull" bow, coupled with the 3" gun tubs extending ever further out, caused her to pound into the waves in the weather the cape is noted for. This so stressed the hull girder that the 2" hangar deck actually buckled, requiring a significant hull repair before she could deploy to the Western Pacific.
This was part of the reason why the class was modified with the hurricane bow (in addition to a few collapsed flightdecks). In that mod, the extreme forward extension was removed and scaled back prior to the upper part being filled in.
...problem? I don't recall D. K. Brown mentioning that though I have not read all his stuff. Where does he write about the flare problem in?
Seaworthiness wasn't really studied until the early 1950's when the Canadian navy started a major study which the RN joined in with which led to the very seaworthy late 50's Canadian and RN escort designs. The USN didn't really get involved until the very late 50s. D K Brown was involved and had a particular interest in such matters during his professional career, as he covers in his writings (both professional and hobbyist).
Too much flare was a common problem.
In the WW2 period, the RN regarded freeboard as the most important factor.
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