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Monsterwaves

The beauty of a wave...
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On the oceans of our planet every week a major ship seems to desapear without a trace. In the past, stories of 100-feet-monsterwaves had the meaning of fairytales. Today they are a fact, detected by satelites.
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This picture was taken by a crew-member of the supertanker Esso Languedoc, who 1980 shipped into a major storm. The middle high of the waves was about 25 feet. This 80-feet-monsterwave on the photo overroled the ship from the starboardside.
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Winds with beaufort 12 produce huge waves. Ships react with hard rolling to the swell.
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Without any wind there are no waves. In hurricanes even very large ships are getting serious problems. Together with a rough sea and a swell of 35 feet crews fight with bad visibility and sudenly appearing freak waves - or monsterwaves - who can «swallow» a big ship.
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Both of the two halfs of the malayan freighter ship «Selendang Ayu» are beeing smashed against the cliffs of the Skan Bay / Unalaska Island in Alaska by stormwaves.
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