A few random thoughts about WW2 Naval warfare I've sometimes wondered if it was spooky for sailors to serve on a ship where a bunch of guys had previously died - for example, the USS California or USS West Virginia after Pearl Harbor, HMS Illustrious after Operation Excess or HMS Exeter after River Plate, or IJN Shokaku after Coral Sea and Santa Cruz. Man, the County class cruisers were ugly. I find pretty much every other heavy cruiser in the war - American, Japanese, French, Italian, or German - to be beautiful, especially in comparison. And most battleships were beautiful too, especially the QE2s, the Dunkerques, the Kongos, the Vittorio Venetos, the South Dakotas, and, especially, my favorites, the heavily reconstructed pre-1921 American BBs. I know that many people are fascinated by the heavyweight champs, Iowas and Yamatos, but I find them both relatively ugly, too. It is my understanding that the Japanese Long Lance torpedo was a technological breakthrough, in terms of range, warhead size, and speed. And I believe that the US Navy had an intact copy in their hands in 1942 - and, if not then, then certainly by war's end in 1945. So, I am confused why post-war US torpedoes (and, I believe, other nation's too) had smaller warheads, slower speed, and less range than the Long Lance. Anyone know anything about this?