You are right of course. Its an absolutely critical piece of kit to avoid getting wet or a sunburn as you launch the dinghy for offshore rescue/transfer.
I am absolutely stunned it didn't sink immediately upon loss of the coachroof.
End sarcasm alert.
Well, as the photos taken from the OCEAN CRESCENT indicated, the coachroof/deckhouse structure appeared to be reasonably intact, not distorted or 'crushed' by the dismasting to any noticeable extent... Given that these boats are supposed to be the ultimate platform for riding out serious storms at sea, I'm trying hard to picture the circumstances that would have caused it to be carried away...
But, I suppose you're right, it's a moot point, basically immaterial whether a crew taking a Gunboat to high latitudes has a roof over their heads or not, and would likely be of little consequence if this shelter and all that fancy stuff at the helm might be completely exposed to the elements in the wake of that lid saying Bye-bye...
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