This is coolbert:
Referencing that previous blog entry further extracts concerning the combat experience of warships from a prior era that incorporated the tumblehome design:
"A number of French and Russian battleships used tumblehome designs, and their poorer sea-keeping abilities were a matter of record. The tumblehome design’s repute was not enhanced when several Russian battleships sank after being damaged by gunfire in the 1905 Battle of Tsushima. In fairness, one must note that the Russian ships suffered from 'having their ‘T’ crossed' by Japanese maneuver; to which must be added unhealthy crews, poor quality shells, poor training and tactics, and a high rate of casualties among the force’s commanders. Regardless, the tumblehome hull form was dropped by French designers after World War 1."
"The shape was popular among French naval designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and a number of French and Russian battleships — short and fat, without any wave-piercing characteristics — were put into service. But several Russian battleships sank after being damaged by gunfire from Japanese ships in 1904 at the Battle of Tsushima, and a French battleship sank in 90 seconds after hitting a mine in World War I. All sank with serious loss of life. Both the French and Russians eventually dropped the hull form."
NONE of these warships having gone to the bottom as a result of the tumblehome design being inadequate in rough or inclement seas. ALL SUNK AS THE RESULT OF ENEMY ACTION!
DOUBTS REGARDING TUMBLEHOME EXISTING AND PERSISTING IN THE MINDS OF NAVAL ARCHITECTS EVEN WAY BEFORE ZUMWALT !