Undertoad Tuesday Feb 21 03:05 PM
2/21/2006: Shoe shore
glatt Tuesday Feb 21 03:09 PM
I remember reading of a scientist who studies ocean currents by noting where ships would lose cargo in a storm, and then watching to see what beach the cargo would wash up on. Apparently this sort of thing always makes the news, and so do the insurance claims for cargo ships. He could piece a lot of information together, and started making predictions. Like, "shoes will begin washing up on the beaches of Baja California on March 12th."
glatt Tuesday Feb 21 03:12 PM
ferret88 Tuesday Feb 21 03:21 PM
maybe those little WhiteCastle frozen jobbies?
Cyclefrance Tuesday Feb 21 03:29 PM
Looking at that just makes me want to walk away....
Cyclefrance Tuesday Feb 21 03:30 PM
Has anyone told footfootfoot about this....?
Elspode Tuesday Feb 21 03:57 PM
So...the cops didn't try to 'shoe' them away?
glatt Tuesday Feb 21 04:10 PM
I was hoping to find pictures of the actual ship this came from. This Cargo Law webpage has lots of modern shipping disaster images on it. It's a fun place to poke around. I just wish they would learn how to convert GIFs to JPEGs. It takes forever to load.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Feb 21 04:27 PM
Hundreds of cargo containers get washed overboard ever year. I can't figure out how they get broken open. They aren't air/water tight, so they should just sink and not be crushed by pressure.
The hamburgers must be from Australia or New Zealand, I don't think they make burgers from Kobe beef.
Pancake Man Tuesday Feb 21 04:43 PM
And I still can't find shoes for less than $80....
mitheral Tuesday Feb 21 05:06 PM
Containers are only strong in the corners. The panels, top and bottom especially, are relatively weak. Concentrated force, say the corner of another container, applied at the right point will open them up like a ginsu knike on a tin can.
glatt Tuesday Feb 21 05:26 PM
Here's a picture of a storm encountered by a container ship, and here's the damage as it arrived in port. You can see at least one container with a failed door latch. Others are tipped over and crushed. Probably split open. I think mitheral is right that they can bash into each other.
capnhowdy Tuesday Feb 21 05:43 PM
Anything that hit the deck or a substantial area on the railing from 40-50 ft. would prolly be extensively damaged. At least enough to breech the closures.
footfootfoot Tuesday Feb 21 06:17 PM
finders keepers; losers weepers.
AureliusVin Tuesday Feb 21 06:37 PM
It is cool that the police used their common sense and let the people pick up the "litter."
capnhowdy Tuesday Feb 21 07:58 PM
It'll put your eye out!
tw Tuesday Feb 21 08:08 PM
Two other examples was that car carrier from Japan that sunk, releasing floating Hondas in the Pacific. And another car carrier that littered the waters off Europe with Volvos, BMWs, and Mercedes. To some, it's only an insurance claim.
jtm Tuesday Feb 21 09:35 PM
Here's a cross-section that includes the engine compartment.
Basically they saw the ship into sections with a steel cable and then lift them up. Neat!
This page has a neat animation of how the process worked.
seakdivers Tuesday Feb 21 11:04 PM
We ended up with alot of those plastic bath toys (rubber duckies, etc) back in '92. We actually find a bunch of really weird stuff washed up on our outer shores.
Jaxxon Wednesday Feb 22 04:10 AM
In case anyone is interested, the ship in question was the "P&O Nedlloyd Mondriaan".
Griff Wednesday Feb 22 08:19 AM
CharlieG Wednesday Feb 22 09:07 AM
Heh - Reading the article on the rubber ducks, it's obvious the reporter doesn't know the difference between Flotsam and Jetsam. If it FALLS overboard, it's NOT Jetsam - Jetsam is THROWN overboard to lighten your load - aka it's intentional
magilla Wednesday Feb 22 09:29 AM
Hey, if any of those wash up near the cliffs in England, would it be "Dover sole"?
Pancake Man Wednesday Feb 22 10:59 AM
Just great. Now all of The Netherlands smells like feet
dar512 Wednesday Feb 22 11:07 AM
BigV Wednesday Feb 22 11:44 AM
FallenFairy Wednesday Feb 22 12:03 PM
I thought ballast was used for balance and stabilization...
things thrown overboard?? ~ litter.
BigV Wednesday Feb 22 12:22 PM
footfootfoot Wednesday Feb 22 12:34 PM
I think that would be jetsam of which you speak. Flotsam being the same stuff which has yet to make it to shore. jetsam<––jetson<––jettison.
Pie Wednesday Feb 22 01:15 PM
Karenv Wednesday Feb 22 03:26 PM
Isn't it the law of the sea that anything that washes up is fair game?
Pie Wednesday Feb 22 03:59 PM
richlevy Wednesday Feb 22 05:40 PM
CharlieG Wednesday Feb 22 06:22 PM
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Feb 22 06:25 PM
footfootfoot Thursday Feb 23 11:29 AM