Reading this thread reminded me of a holing situation I experienced working towboats off the west coast
of Vancouver Island as a young 'decky' back in the 50's. Fortunately, the mate was an old salt
who had sailed wooden fishing
schooners in Europe
and spent several years in the merchant marine
on convoy duty during WWII. We had hit a deadhead and split several planks forward and were taking on water at a fearsome rate, certainly more than the pumps could handle.
We turned stern to the sea and the mate broke out a large piece of heavy canvas
and flossed it aft over the split planks with pieces of line around each of the four corners then stuffed a split mattress between the hull and the canvas
with a pike pole, hardened up on all 4 corners of the canvas and ran several lines over top of the canvas to hold it in place.
We proceeded at slow speed into Tofino where there was a tidal grid to pull the boat for repairs
. I'd forgotten about this ingenious method and the guy who had the knowledge and ability to act swiftly under a lot of pressure. I recall
him treating the whole episode lightly later but I had forgotten this time tested technique until reading this thread.
Since then I've read a few accounts of this method being employed on men
o' war in the 1700 and 1800's. Bungs are a great idea but only if you have a symetrical hole to fill like a through hull. Hitting an object like a container or a deadhead can easily result in a jagged, longitudinal split that is very difficult to deal with offshore
and anyone venturing out there should have a well thought out plan to deal with that emergency
. Great thread to get us thinking about what to do in a holing situation. Capt Phil