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    Default Ships Bows

    Lately looking at the bows of ships, they don't have the clean lines that I was used to apart from the bulbous bow I never gave it much thought.
    Looking up the internet it was a surprise to see the various shapes of ships bows.
    https://www.maritimemanual.com/types-of-bow-designs/

    The Ulstein X-Bow which brought this to mind makes a ship look out of proportion and top heavy, yet it serves it's purpose.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LilsEZy3uE

    What I would call a normal cargo ship is this one. I think I would have liked to sail on her!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkHisPtKYUA

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    Default Re: Ships Bows

    Bill you may recall the first time we saw ships like this was in the Dan Dare comics in the 40's and 50's, those comic illustrators had great imaginations, or was it foresight.

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    The beam on modern ships is so large now that the clean slim lines can no longer exist.
    The bulbus bow on some is enormous, recently saw a photo of one of the Cunard queens with the skipper standing on the bow, quite amazing.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    Maersk have in the last couple of years sent their fast container ships to drydock to have their large bulbous bows replaced by smaller ones, as they found that with their policy of slow steaming from 26kts to 18kts the large bulbous bows actually increased fuel consumption. Alas I was never on a ship that 'slow steamed' at 18 knots!!

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