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  1. nolatom

    holy fuck... beirut

    We heard some rumor about a container with fireworks? Wonder if the "door" they were cutting or welding, was a door for that container? Or more likely part of the wharf shed. Whichever way, it looks like a clown show at all levels of industry and administration, with a terrible result.
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    holy fuck... beirut

    Talk about needless risk. It looks like welders working on a door that started the fire, which in turn caused the explosion. This from a maritime website, gCaptain: "Lebanese broadcaster LBCI reported that the Rhosus had been scheduled to sail with its cargo from Beirut six years ago but stayed at the port due to a mechanical failure. Workers welding a door on Tuesday started a fire that ignited the chemicals, LBCI said, citing people who attended a Supreme Council of Defense briefing after the blast. " Hotwork anywhere near ammonium nitrate is both stupid and suicidal. Human nature being what it is, they evidently minimized the risk since it had been what, 6 years and no problemo?? It even had a name, the "nitrate locker", said some. No one should have a "nitrate locker", at least not like this.
  3. nolatom

    holy fuck... beirut

    .Holy crap, what a disgrace in port management and judicial /political farting around. Any competent country/region should have had an emergency declaration and judicial sale or disposal back in friggin 2013.
  4. nolatom

    holy fuck... beirut

    Right you are. As a trainee Coast Guard inspector at the school for same (long long ago), they showed this disaster to point out how important proper cargo stowage is, and what the consequences are, and types of firefighting on a ship.. If i recall correctly, GRAND CAMP's captain had a fire starting in a hold containing ammonium nitrate (it's a dry solid cargo even though it sounds like a liquid, fyi). What he did next is understandable, but tragically wrong. He figured, a fire, let's close the hold, then hit it with ship's steam smothering, figuring this would starve the fire of oxygen and the water fog would dampen the fire. This would have worked for most cargos. BUT, Ammonium Nitrate is explosive when heated. And steam is hot. BOOM, then boom everywhere surrounding for half a mile, two other ships also burned, 600 dead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_disaster
  5. OMFG. That must've been an awful lot of Ammonium Nitrate..
  6. nolatom

    75th anniversary of a great crime

    My father would have steamed from Atlantic theatre to Pacific in 1945. they were all waiting for it after V-E day So I'm not objective about the awful decision Harry Truman had to make. I did read the article. Habitat for Humanity.
  7. What (likely) really happened is going to be a more interesting and "lessons (not) learned" story. Anyone (some warehouse supt or stevodore here?) who places a source of ignition and fire anywhere near ammonium nitrate, hasn't learned from the deaths of many others. Too bad it got buried in PA I don't picture this being political, even in Lebanon. Could be, but unilkely.
  8. This probably isn't PA, looks like an industrial accident. Ammonium Nitrate is deadly when heated. No one's mentioned the 1947 Texas City Disaster? The entire waterfront blew up when a ship at a slip at Monsanto, loaded with the the same stuff, had a fire in a hold. The captain decided to close the hatch and hit it with the ship's steam smothering system, which would have worked with most dry cargoes. He was thinking water and fog to starve the fire. He forgot about heat, ie "steam" smothering. Heat makes ammonium nitrate explode. Massive explosion, set an adjacent ship with the same cargo on fire. 600 lives lost.
  9. The WSJ article was noteworthy (to me anyway) in positing that the colleges were ditching sailing in part because it was/is too white, not because they didn't want to spring for more expensive dinghies. Here's the sub-headline: Sports lose varsity status in wake of Covid-19 cash crunch; schools rethink optics of costly, overwhelmingly white teams Nothing wrong with thread drift, but the perception that sailing is a "white thing" is one of their reasons. The type of boats they/we race, not so much, except more costly boats is not a favored budget item right now. But part of it is Colleges wanting to be, or appear, "woke" in general, and in sports in particular. Hence the headline, and the article. We could ask those in SA who aren't white what they think about this...... or maybe not.
  10. How about “neithersideism” instead? You might see more responses. Less fun here though..
  11. nolatom

    MLB 2020

    Sorry to interrupt the gloomfest, but... Last night’s Red Sox—-Mets game was a gem, even with- or in spite of—the cardboard “fans” in the stands. Some excellent fielding by Mets infield and good base running kept it close. Several pitchers On both sides “worked out of a jam”, keeping the Score down, in a 3-2 win for the BoSox. I have missed baseball.
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    Random PicThread

    Whoa. Top one is Graves Yacht Yard. In Marblehead, where I spent much of my “yout” And that Twelve on the marine railway is probably Nefertiti, built at the “Lower Yard” in Little Harbor down by Peach’s Point. So this must be 1962 or 3. Good memories. Thanks Hobot.
  13. To me, the point wasn't how exciting or lame" the boats were, it was the level of competition. The Tech Dinghys and Interclubs were by no means "exciting", but the one-design competition was, whether in college sailing around New England, or Frostbiting in Mhead in the winter. No one could outspend anyone else (unlike in the summer), and among 45 'lame" Interclubs on the line in the cold weather, were most of the really good sailmakers, class champions, Cup Defender crews, you name it. How to broaden that appeal to would-be sailors nowadays? Maybe we can't, but we can make the effort, and the community sailing programs are probably the best way to do so. College sailing also, though the college part excludes the majority of human beings. Sailing can be exciting, or serene, or educational, depending on the approach. And hopefully attractive to those who would never have considered trying it. There's some irony in discussing all this on SA. We have, uh, how many black or brown faces in our midst?
  14. Okay, I think maybe I was too harsh on "us". The point of the article (sorry didn't know it was pay-to-read) was that being overwhelmingly "white" is one more reason to kill the sailing program at University X, especially when funds are tight, and (I guess) in part they want to look, or be, "woke". And I will guess the Rick Singer rich-people-fraud thing didn't help much either. Yes, there is increasingly more access to affordable sailing. I grew up (long long ago) not far from Community Boating in Boston, which has been around since the '30s, and was and is open to all at low cost. It trained a lot of kids, but black faces were rare, the kids without much money who caught on, were from Southie rather than Roxbury. NEISA was the same. It's an image problem. The access is increasingly there, and I hope it changes things. How diverse are we on SA? No, wait, never mind...
  15. This from the Wall Street Journal—colleges are dropping “too expensive (and too white) sports—like sailing: https://www.wsj.com/articles/with-budgets-under-pressure-colleges-cut-country-club-staples-like-golf-and-tennis-11595170801 Let’s face it, gang. We have done diddly to integrate sailing. I hope some of the community sailing centers — like the one starting up in New Orleans, can help make a dent in that. Just my opinion—and apparently of concern to college sports budgeteers. flame away... or discuss.