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Old 31-05-2017, 07:52   #1
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'Don't say thank you; it's almost bad luck'

Captain of sinking ship on how he kept his cool as vessel filled with water - Nova Scotia - CBC News
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Old 31-05-2017, 08:02   #2
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That is a fine looking yacht. It appears to be a wooden boat. Such a shame.

Sounds like a perfect rescue.
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Glad to hear everyone was OK.

Like so much we read in the press, that story leaves more questions than answers. Surely there must have been some damage control efforts. I'm not quite clear on the timeline; did this develop suddenly or over the course of days? I assume an experienced crew would have some clue as to what went wrong, or at least some general idea where the water was coming in.

Now I'm curious. Maybe one of the crew will write a book.
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the pounding seas could have loosened a fastener from a plank, making that plank loose--would cause the sinking feeling. as more distance is placed on the boat and more flexing happens, the looser the fastener/plank and more water ingress. oops another thing that happens with wood boats is the flexing of heavy weather can cause the caulking to fail. another oops. does not just buff right out.
is a sad ending to such a sweet boat
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Worth quoting this part of the article here just for anyone who doesn't click through to read the whole thing:
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Welsford said he made sure to thank the cargo ship's captain before they parted and was given a humble response.
"He said to me, 'You don't thank me for doing these things. You're a mariner and I'm a mariner and I would expect the same from you,'" said Welsford.
"He said, 'Don't say thank you; it's almost bad luck.'"
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Welsford said he made sure to thank the cargo ship's captain before they parted and was given a humble response.
"He said to me, 'You don't thank me for doing these things. You're a mariner and I'm a mariner and I would expect the same from you,'" said Welsford.
"He said, 'Don't say thank you; it's almost bad luck.'"
Almost word for word what the Captain of the container ship 'Praia' said to me when they assisted me SW of the Azores.
Wonder what the name of this ship was..
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