posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 08:52 PM
Thanks for the name of that boat.
I did not know that there was one in the 90s or so. I know there have been some close calls...due to miscomunications between sections doing different
work. The you know what ...hits the fan...when this nearly happens or is discovered beforehand...and for good reasons too.
I recall one out west ..but dont recall the boat name at the moment. I have seen the pictures of her sunk at the pier. I think it was a 594 or early
637 class boat but she looked so pitiful with mostly the sail sticking out next to the pier. As I recall that one was a textbook ..failure to
communicate. This one caused a considerable review..nation wide of safety proceedures. And it should have.
Also to the poster stating that they dont know of many ships waiting for the tide. It happens. Up at Electric boat when they built the Ohio class
boomers they had to dredge the channel to get them out and down river to Groton and go out at high tide too, blowing the ballast tanks the whole way.
They had a very narrow time window to get the boats out of this size. Takes alot of teamwork and people all on the same page to make this happen
without a glitch.
This is not uncommon but it does take good teamwork. Everyone on the same page at the right time and place to make it happen. Its really something to
watch it happen on time and in the right order.
Also remember ..they may not have been waiting to go to a pier but instead perhapsed a drydock. This too often requires high tide to get over the
drydock concrete keel where the drydock gate mates up and seal.
Remember something too ..this is a very large and also a very very heavy boat. A boomer ..even ours sit on a centerline of blocks in a drydock. this
means,unlike regular ships, one or two rows of keel blocks on which the boat sits in dock carry all the weight right down the centerline. This is
very heavy on a concrete drydock floor. A drydock has to be very very heavily constructed to hold one of these types of boats up on a centerline of
one or two rows of blocks. This means not any drydock will handle a boat like this.
A large ship like a Aircraft carrier though very heavy..no doubt.. sits on alot of blocks spaced around the bottom of the drydock to spread the
weight around. This is not so with a submarine.
A big boat like this would require a special drydock and that is my main point. Extra thick and extra strong..reinforced.. on the floor. Hence the
waiting here for the tide and the teamwork to take place for such a special docking.
You dont actually realize how much dead weight tonnage you are talking about until you actually walk down in a drydock under one of these boats...or
even a aircraft carrier. If you have your head out of your backside and can think it through..you realize what a piss ant we are compared to a boat or
ship like this when we are in the bottom of a drydock.
One of those Typhoons has to be really huge in drydock.
Just a different viewpoint for some of you to consider.
As I recall... Schaden knows exactly of what I speak.