Dave Saxton wrote:paul.mercer wrote:Gentlemen,
, would it be possible to design a ship that was impervious to any WW2 torpedo as well as having enough firepower to deter any potential opponent?
In my opinion no, it was not possible to design torpedo resistant battleships and the Germans never considered the Bismarck to be. The best that could be done was to minimize the risk of receiving hits and to minimize the damage if one did receive a hit. A lot of the torpedo damage inflicted on battleships and cruisers during the war came more toward the ends of the ships, and really not much but compartmentation could be done there. A torpedo stiking a major warship torward the middle was still likely to cause much damage. These ratings of a TDS being able to handle more than 1000lb of high explosive are rather questionable. Even the torpedos which doomed Prince of Wales were relatively small and weak ariel torpedoes. Had they been more powerful and/or magnetic trigger torpedoes exploding under the keel they would have been even more effective.
I agree with this. The only way to make a ship impervious to torpedos would be to make it impervious to sinking. Not possible unless you fill its whole internal space with solid bouyant foam or something. The best you could do possibly would be to give it very deep (inwards towards the vessels centreline) watertight compartments, compartmentalised laterally and longitudinally, as sacrificial flooding spaces each with a powerful dedicated pump. Even then a torpedo going off under the keel will break the ships back.