In November of 1963, a ship with the latest technology was delivered at the Mitsubishi Heavy-Industries, Ltd. Nagasaki Shipyard in Japan. The ship was the YAMASHIRO MARU and it was the first merchant ship with a bulbous bow. The bulbous bow is a design based on wave-making resistance reduction technology which created quite a sensation in the shipping world of Europe and America when it was first introduced.
Captain Kevin Oprey, Master of Queen Mary 2, standing on the ship’s bulbous bow (a protruding bulb at the front of a ship just below the waterline) a mile off the coast of Bali. Photographer James Morgan, 2014.
In March 2000 Newport News lowered the bow of the carrier Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) onto the ship. Ronald Reagan is the first Nimitz-Class carrier to have the new bulbous bow design, which outweighs bows erected on previous carriers by about 120 tons.