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Modified GQ - All Hands on Deck to Remove Ice

February 15 2008 at 1:44 PM
FTSB  (Login bkaupas)
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Response to More Photos Taken Thursday

Excellent photos....just think if you where in the North Atlantic 1943...5" of ice, -30 degrees, 30 mph head winds, with 5 foot seas.

The topside decks of the 325 equal approximately 16,400 square feet (plus or minus). If ice accumulated an average of 1 inch thick topside, the 325 will weight an additional 42.5 TONS. Now, if snow covers the ice, and whether the snow is light/dry type or the more heavier/wet, the 325's weight will increase even more. For example five (5) inches of mixed ice (1") and 2" Light and 2" heavy snow will cause the 325 to weight 75 TONS more.
Captain’s worried about the ice and snow accumulation when transiting the north Atlantic during WW II with their war cargo…furthermore, the higher the ice and snow accumulated (settled) on the bow, gun mounts, stern or superstructure, the greater the ship's loss of buoyancy and her righting-arm stability. In short, a ship could capsize quickly.

Bravo Zulu to the deck force crew for getting that white off the deck.

This message has been edited by bkaupas on Feb 17, 2008 12:12 AM

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