posted on Apr, 5 2013 @ 06:06 PM
Well now OP, since you seem to be expecting trouble? I might surprise you by saying I'd be very aware of this possibility if I were on an deep ocean
type cruise ..as opposed to a caribbean or mediterranean one.
I've caught a couple Discovery type shows about this over the years but I can't very well quote a TV show to help you out of the point..so I found
something saying about the same as I've watched. It's really amazing IMO.
The world's oceans claim on average one ship a week, often in mysterious circumstances. With little evidence to go on, investigators usually
point at human error or poor maintenance but an alarming series of disappearances and near-sinkings, including world-class vessels with unblemished
track records, has prompted the search for a more sinister cause and renewed belief in a maritime myth: the wall of water. Waves the height of an
office block. Waves twice as large as any that ships are designed to ride over.
One ship a week is a bit shocking, eh? I wouldn't have guessed...but then, I wonder how many ships are out there too. Probably far more than I'd
Freak waves are the stuff of legend. They aren't just rare, according to traditional views of the sea, they shouldn't exist at all.
Oceanographers and meteorologists have long used a mathematical system called the linear model to predict wave height. This assumes that waves vary in
a regular way around the average (so-called 'significant') wave height. In a storm sea with a significant wave height of 12m, the model suggests
there will hardly ever be a wave higher than 15m. One of 30m could indeed happen - but only once in ten thousand years.
See? can't happen. Sheesh.. nothing to worry about! Probably what you thought you'd get, right? Except...that wouldn't be honest..the next
paragraph is the kicker.
Except they do happen with startling frequency. Since 1990, 20 vessels have been struck by waves off the South African coast that defy the linear
model's predictions. And on New Year's Day, 1995 a wave of 26m was measured hitting the Draupner oil rig in the North Sea off Norway.
I'll pass on a real life Poseidon Adventure, personally. I may avoid domestic flying but overseas? Well... *OVER* seas is the key in that.
S/F for a cool subject, OP!