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HMS Royal Oak as viewed from HMS Queen Elizabeth (Flagship of the Med Fleet) taken in Mediterranean during Naval Exercises, about mid 1930’s , photo from a 1935 magazine

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very impressive picture, was it common for ships of this size to have the sea break over them like that?
 

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That was the price of building the bow with very little sheer or flare. A clipper bow, with lots of flare near the weather deck, tends tends to throw spray out and away from the weatherdeck. In addition, such a bow tends to increase buoyancy as it pitches downward, so that it the tendency to pitch lessens the deeper the bow pitches. All those old WW-I era Dreadnoughts (not just the British ones) tended to ride like this.
 

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