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Surviving Cruise Ship Power Failure

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Gamer:

--- Quote from: David in MN on March 27, 2019, 03:52:57 PM ---As far as goodies go I would feel naked on a cruise without a flashlight.
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Yay, and I'd also routinely carry one in my pocket on an airliner or a train in case it filled with smoke or the lights went out.

In 1987 193 people (out of a total of 539 aboard) drowned and/or succumbed to hypothermia when the passenger ferry 'Herald of Free Enterprise' semi-capsized at night within minutes of leaving port because the crew forgot to close the bow door, and it came to rest semi-submerged on its side on a sandbank (pic below)

Then- "The water quickly reached the ship's electrical systems, destroying both main and emergency power and leaving the ship in darkness."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_Herald_of_Free_Enterprise

So, in pitch black conditions the victims wouldn't have been able to see where the stairways, doors and windows were to get out, even if they'd been able to reach them, for example the doors might have now been in the "ceiling" above their heads.



PS- I bought this mini-torch recently after seeing it by accident in Wilkos, and thought "I gotta have one!"
The beam is fantastically bright for its size and the thing is so tiny it can easily be carried in a pocket..:)


Carver:
I have a Nemo brand flashlight with a cutting edge for self defense purposes on the lens housing; would that be allowed on an airplane?

armymars:
  Gooood  question!

iam4liberty:

--- Quote from: Carver on May 06, 2019, 07:03:17 AM ---I have a Nemo brand flashlight with a cutting edge for self defense purposes on the lens housing; would that be allowed on an airplane?

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Not if they notice.  The knife restriction is interpretted broadly: "In general, you are prohibited from traveling with sharp objects in your carry-on baggage; please pack these items in your checked baggage."

Greekman:
I think loosing power on a ship will have far greater mplications than one expects.

IF the power failure harms the ability to control the ship we are talking about the lieklihood of the ship cpasizing and more.
You see AFAIK being unable to steer the ship headlong to the waves will leave the ship exposed to lateral hits.
So I think the right thing to expect is "abandon ship"

hope I am wrong with my gueesimation

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