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Old 04-03-2010, 13:33   #16
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July 1966, Italian liner Michaelangelo took a wave to the nav bridge which crushed the bridge, and killed two.
About that same time, the Furness Withy liner Queen of Bermuda stove in her forward hatches, from a wave, and flooded her forward sections. A friend of mine, who worked in her engine room, told me they had to use an emergency bilge pump for the first time since building her in 1936.

Wow, hard for me to imagine a wave being that strong to just crush a reinforced steel deck or nav bridge... there is a video out there now of the wave breaking the window on this latest cruise ship.. very violent, hard to believe that was the tip of 26 ft wave... I guess I could see how it would not do you any good to be standing near that window...

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Its just been on the 11 pm sky news,they showed footage that had the boat rocking at first then the noise of the windows caving in and sea water(looked about 1-2 inches on the floor) pouring in.

The news guy went on to say that the weather bouys in the Area were recording a wave height of 8meters and that the wave that did the damage was estimated at 10 meters.

The problem with cruise ships is that they have large windows and they are known weak areas
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Old 04-03-2010, 16:02   #18
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The problem with cruise ships is that they have large windows and they are known weak areas
Exactly, watch this footage of the wave coming through the windows, this was taken inside of the cruise ship in question....

Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com

....the wave went through them like nothing was there.
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Came across some amateur video of the event: www.dumpert.nl - Cruiseschip kopt megagolf. Not the best place to be at that time..
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at least it is what I was taught in college when I got my degree in Marine science 32 years ago.
Times have changed.

Now the wave height has been lessened to the same extent needed to sound more politically correct.

Unless it is being used in some sort of "computer model" to support an argument that is tenuous at best but is needed to help control and channel vast amounts of money of various peoples.
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I feel better knowing that when we're talking 50 foot seas we're not talking amplitude.
Thats right, i don't think the dead care to much about the scientific posturing.....
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I doubt 8m wave can be labeled 'rogue' unless we think of some other characteristics - say the direction of the wave or its shape. In 4m seas (12') every now and then we will encounter a 24' wave.

Alas, to mass media any wave will be 'rogue' and all gales are 'hurricane force' ;-)

Or am I reading something wrong?

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I'm not sure it's the size that determines if a wave is rogue. I thought it was if the wave is unexplained by the prevailing circumstances.
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