posted on Apr, 14 2004 @ 08:02 PM
The following is from Captain Gene Morin, USN (RET),
a member of the Board of Investigation: (10-1999)
...The fire initiated in the engine room, when the ship was somewhere off of Savannah. I believe that she was enroute to Panama City to provide
minesweeping services. As a member of the Board of Investigation, I was at pierside in Savannah when the ship tied up and offloaded the men who
perished in the fire. The Board's conclusion was that the fire started from a diesel leak at a flexible rubber coupling. The pressurized leak sprayed
onto a portable hanging trouble light which probably was the ignition source of the atomized fuel. The rubber couplings were installed in the piping
systems in order to break up the piping loops metallic continuity. When a loop of metal is rotated in the earth's magnetic field, it creates a
current which generates a magnetic field. This is highly undesirable in a minesweeper since every effort is made to eliminate any magnetism inherent
in the ship itself. These rubber couplings were subject to heat and normal deterioration so it is not surprising that a failure occurred. One of the
corrective actions taken as a result of this fire was to install Aeroquip flexible fittings in place of the rubber couplings. It was an expensive but
necessary fix which was carried out on all of the MSO 421 422 Class minesweepers. The fire cut off the normal engine room access ladder and acted like
a blowtorch on the bulkhead at the top of the access ladder. There was so much smoke that the men in the engine room were unable to egress from the
emergency escape ladders.
This is an exerpt from an incident on board a minesweeping ship, notice the following
When a loop of metal is rotated in the earth's magnetic field, it creates a current which generates a magnetic field.
They are referring to the metal fuel supply lines within the ship. How is the metal pipe rotating in such a manner that it is creating a magnetic
current ???? And where did this knowledge that a loop of metal simply rotating within earths magnetic field creates current ???? Does this not seem
odd and out of place ??? Wouldn't they just say to break the conductivity of the metal pipes, in an effort against accidental electrical discharge.
Why even bring up the creation of magnetic current, since when does magnetic current affect combustion ??? I know they are referring to insulating the
entire ship from magnetic pulses, but that is what the degauzing wires were for along the outside of the hull.
Any comments ?