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Jeff H. Please compare

This is off the main topic, but it occurs to me that it was once obvious to hull designers that a bow shaped like the blunt head of a mackerel must be the most efficient form for passing through the water. Then, centuries later, this was disproven. (But then again, this design seems to have sprung up again in the latter half of the 20th century, in the underwater forepart of very large vessels.)

Chas
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