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Thread #62576   Message #1012329
Posted By: Cattail
03-Sep-03 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Gold.Vanity. Can you REALLY sink a ship?
Subject: RE: Gold.Vanity. Can you REALLY sink a ship?
Hi all,

Having read Deckman's account of his 20' boat, it got me
thinking about the relative sizes of these vessels.

The Mary Rose had a waterline length of 125', with a 38' beam, not
a small boat, but fairly small by todays standards, and only approx'
five times bigger than Deckmans craft.

If Deckman's boat went down in roughly five minutes, then the larger
vessel may only have taken half an hour to an hour to do the same.
Given that Deckman had only one three quarter inch hole to deal with
and the Vanity supposedly had a minimum of three.

So, yes it may have been possible, also taking into account the extra
weight differences between GRP and wood, and that the Vanity would
have been fitted out to a good standard and carrying cannon etc,
all making for an extremely heavy vessel with a lot of displacement.

I didn't note the draught of the Mary Rose, but the dimensions are
on the web site.

Incidentally on I came across the headline
that said another part (the bowcastle) of the Mary Rose had been
found in the Solent, I didn't bother reading the article as I have
been getting slow connection problems lately, (it won't even let
me submit this, I've tried three times now) but a very interesting
bit of news, especially if they can raise it and match it to the
original hull they have already.

Enough of my ramblings.

Cheers to all

Cattail !