Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rogue Waves

Fox News reports research at the University of Southhampton into gigantic “rogue waves” as much as 100 ft. tall. It claims they’re likely responsible for the many mysterious sinkings and disappearances in the so-called “Bermuda Triangle.”

Perhaps ... I know very tall rogue waves exist in the Mediterranean Sea. On November 22, 2008, the other DrC and I were waiting to board the Grand Princess in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome.

The Grand Princess had sailed north through the night from Sicily along Italy’s western shore when around midnight she was hit by a rogue wave which stopped her dead in the water and temporarily knocked out her electrical system. Most people were in bed and uninjured. The ship suffered broken windows way up on the pool deck, probably 100 ft. above the waterline, and some water and mechanical damage.

She limped into Civitavecchia several hours late, disembarked most of the passengers, except for those continuing to Ft. Lauderdale, shipped some plywood to replace the broken windows, cleaned up the mess, and we boarded perhaps 4-5 hours late.

We chatted up some of the continuing passengers who experienced the collision with the wave. They found it darned scary, with the power off, the emergency lights on, and the ship not moving.

She sailed early that evening and following stops in Morocco, Senegal, Brazil, and the Caribbean, ended up in Ft. Lauderdale w/o incident. It was a nice repositioning cruise uniquely touching four continents: Europe, Africa, South America, and North America.