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.
The captain of the Queen Mary 2 stands in front of the ship
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.
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.