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Old 06-09-2007, 06:40   #1
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Rogue Waves

I am currently reading a Clive Cussler Novel called "Polar Shift" and they were taling about rogue waves big enought to sink large container ships without trace.

They made mention of one that the QEII encountered in 1995, so I googled it and it was real.

Real F%^$#&* big that is.

The book also describes the Oil rig and the other ships in this article. | Business | /2006/08/20/

Some damage caused by a wave
ESA Portal - Ship-sinking monster waves revealed by ESA satellites

A very interesting article here

Rogue Waves | Ocean | DISCOVER Magazine=

And the rest of the google listings

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I always liked the captain's comment on the size of the QEII wave. He reported it to be 92 feet (don't hold me too the exact number) and when challenged he replied; "No, it was 92 feet. I was standing on the bridge watching the top of the wave come at me and the bridge is 92 feet."
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Once they put the satillites up, everyone got a real shock as to how common the rogue waves actually were. Intitial predictions were that maybe, just maybe a rogue wave could happen once every 10,000yrs. Then someone worked out an era in the formulae and predicted maybe a wave or two a year. That freacked out the shipping companies and insurance parties. When the satillites went up, they counted some number like 300 for the first year. I think all the insurance companies are still speachless as I have not heard any result of the finding.
However, even with that number of waves possible, actually having one hit you is still like winning lotto. Want I want to know is, if you do have one hit you, do you rush to the nearest port and buy a ticket, or did you just win it by surviving ;-)
By the way, there is some interesting discussion on this subject in the archives. A search will (should) bring up some good info.

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