Killer waves strike cruise ship

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The Mediterranean was heaving as the 68-year-old Italian stood in the cruise ship lounge.
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“cracker-barrel philosopher”

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The ship obviously wasn't designed and constructed for such events. The naval architect should get sued.
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slug wrote:
The ship obviously wasn't designed and constructed for such events. The naval architect should get sued.
No ship is designed to have 30 foot waves break on it in the middle of the ocean. How do you build a ship so that no damage will be done when thousands of tons of water come crashing down on it?
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Mar 5, 2010
 
YO HO, YO HO, A Pirates life for me! Capin' needs to head her bow into the Norwester.
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Whats so bad about YO HOE, when you spell it without an "e"?

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Hmmmm wrote:
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No ship is designed to have 30 foot waves break on it in the middle of the ocean. How do you build a ship so that no damage will be done when thousands of tons of water come crashing down on it?
According to a USA Today article from 2004, some 200 ships over 2 decades had sunk from "rogue" waves. That doesn't include the ones damaged. The point of the article being that those waves that hit the cruise liner were not as "rogue" as we like to believe. Large windows are always the biggest problem, on small craft and cruise ships. The sailing vessel full of students that went down recently off Brazil was knocked down by a down draft and had its windows blown out, causing the vessel to sink. Window design standards are too low. Either laminated or tempered glass would have prevented the cruise ship death from glass chards. Smaller windows with a stronger frame structure? My argument is that 10 meter waves are not as uncommon as believed. If design and construction were to reflect that, the recreational benefits of a cruise could be had without peril to life and limb.

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