Emergency hull repairs while at sea

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Fatboy Coxy
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Emergency hull repairs while at sea

Post by Fatboy Coxy » Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:30 pm

Hi all, certainly in Nelsons time, and possibly throughout the years of sail, emergency hull repairs could and were undertaken while at sea, by fothering. This was the practice of wrapping a sail around the bottom of the hull, being fastened on either side of the ship, hoping the pressure of water trying to get into the hole would push the sail in, providing a decent plug. Come the 20th century and the demise of sail, was there anything similar to effect emergency hull repairs to warships, to ‘get them home’.

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OpanaPointer
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Re: Emergency hull repairs while at sea

Post by OpanaPointer » Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:12 am

You could put a mattress against a smallish hole and brace it. Standard test to see if it would hold was to get a beefy dude to swing from the overhead an hit it with both feet. This is good information up to 197something when my ship was doing training at Gitmo.

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