Djoser wrote:The Bismarck was damned close to 50 K fully loaded.
alecsandros wrote:Hello Michael,
The South Dakota was ~ 35500 tons empy weight, while Bismarck was ~ 42000 tons. So the empty weight difference is ~ 6500 tons.
Tirpitz was even larger, with ~ 1500 tons, I believe.
Iowa was ~ 45000 tons empty weight, so 3000 tons larger than Bismarck and 1500 tons than Tirpitz.
In this specific comparison, the extra size meant more compartments, more reserve buoyancy and more redundancy being implemented into the systems, leading to a superior ability to mantain a fight even if badly damaged.
It did come with some drawbacks though - like offeriing a bigger target for the enemy
That may be but but all of the statements you list are not directly dependant upon size but rather design philosophy and thus size is an irrelavent unit of measure:
62,000 tons, thats a big ship!
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