ps my favourite storys from an old gent who was cruising on top deck
of a large cruise ship
. he hopped out of bed
to go to the bathroom and was ankle deep in water. he thought it was a few minutes to a Titanic conclusion...but he had left the bath taps running!!!
[on a serious note the best fact i ever heard is that once the pressure equalises both sides of the hole in the hull
, the boat stops sinking. to put it another way, once the waterline inside matches the 'new' waterline outside, you can sail on while bailing...tho probably a bit sluggishly. the water rushes in fastest at first, then ever slower. this explains why SO MANY sailors abandon a 'sinking' ship, only to re-encounter her hours or weeks later, and reboard!!! obviously the higher the hole, the less dramatic the change - simple but important. ]