My sympathy for H44 drivers is zero.
WHen I am in my sub, half of the torps go directly towards the ships hull and.....(drum roll please)..keep going out the other side missing completely.
The draft (bottom of ship) is about 1 inch. Unless you aim a torp directly at the smoke stacks, nothing hits. This ship turns on a dime and leaves 9 cents for change. The bow and aft portion of these ships simply are not in the water.
As far as shells hitting the deck... I could care less.
When I am in my BB, the KM line of BBs has terrific range that requires me to move into their range just to pop a shell.
Range + Speed used effectively in a "shoot and run" mode is devastating.