Potentially a Very Stupid Question

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  1. Celeron

    Celeron New member

    Last night I was watching 'The Cruel Sea', and for anyone who doesn't know, it's about a Royal Navy Ship set in World War 2, that basically goes to war.

    Anyway, in one scene, the seas very rough and stormy, and the ship is rolling(?) everywhere..

    Does that still happen now, or is there some technical 'thing' that stops it...?

    Sorry if it's a stupid question... I was just interested :lol:
  2. stirling2

    stirling2 Banned

    The sea is probably the most powerfull force on earth....that should answer your Q.
  3. supermario

    supermario New member

    Yes Navy ships move around when the weather is rough. They are designed as "sleek messengers of death", but are fitted with Stabilisers to try and flatten out the movement of the ship.

    So the honest answer is yes ships move around when it's really rough


  4. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Supporters - GCM Book Reviewer

    And before you ask, yes, people get seasick, but you do acclimatise eventually. In my case, on sweepers, I was usually bad for the first 12-18 hours after sailing - taking Stugerons helped with the sea-sickness (they guaranteed I'd throw up!). Just accept that its an occupational hazard that many people get (Nelson for instance).
  5. kinross_special

    kinross_special War Hero

    After 6 months in ENDURANCE in the Southern Ocean I can pretty conclusively say that anyone that tells you they don't get seasick just hasn't been in a rough enough sea! :lol:
  6. Celeron

    Celeron New member

    So I'm guessing by those replies, it can get quite bad then..
  7. supermario

    supermario New member

    Yes it can get rough, but other days it will be as smooth as a babies bottom. Once you have been at sea for a while you get used to it. I suffered with seasickness, but you learn how to cope and I managed to do 18 years of my career onboard a pussers war canoe (Warship). Not many people (very small percentage) really suffer with it that bad that they call it a day and leave.

    You will be fine, enjoy your new life as a seaman Spec travelling the Oceans green!!!


  8. Jimmy_Green

    Jimmy_Green War Hero

    Yeah, you could say that the wide blue crinkly stuff can quite often become wide grey fcuking lumpy stuff.
  9. Celeron

    Celeron New member

    Ha Ok, one more stupid question,

    If it can get so rough, don't people like, fall over aboard...
  10. scabz

    scabz Badgeman

    Happiness is 1000feet in a force 8.
    Boats on the surface in rough weather roll like drunken pigs. Even when they're deep, if it's bad enough, they will roll.
  11. kinross_special

    kinross_special War Hero

    Um, yes.

    But not so often that you'd notice (although, if it was you, then obviously you'd notice).
  12. Jimmy_Green

    Jimmy_Green War Hero

    Very occasionally some people do, but at most times when it's rough access to the upper deck is not permitted. In extreme weather conditions a safety line is rigged that people can secure themselves to on any occasion that it's necessary.
  13. Celeron

    Celeron New member


    You've really filled me with confidence :|
  14. stirling2

    stirling2 Banned

  15. supermario

    supermario New member

    Very unlikely, we wear safety equipment if we have to go out on the deck, Or if it's too bad we stay inside the safety of the ship.

    I only ever served on one ship where we lost someone overboard and we believe he possibly committed suicide after his girl-friend sent him a "Dear John". We unfortunately never did find him.

    Please stop worrying yourself silly, if you want to have a chat about anything please send me a private message or talk it through with your careers advisor

    Take care


  16. daffy1

    daffy1 War Hero

    I agree with you there i have been on Endurance, and its like being on a rollercoaster for long periods. 'YUK'
  17. Grim_Reaper

    Grim_Reaper Badgeman

    Wait till you get to go to sea during a Typhoon. Now that is fun, especially if you can get to the Bridge for a look. 8O
    We went through 3 in 1971 on a Leander class whilst out the Fez. I thought it was fantastic. Did make a mess of the ship though! :wink:

    Please don't tell me the RN don't do that anymore.
  18. kinross_special

    kinross_special War Hero

    No, in the health and safety conscious RN of the 21st century they still accept that the safest thing you can do is GO to sea in a typhoon. Tying yourself extra tightly to the jetty just increases the chances that you'll change to shape of the ship to something new and unusual that will give the RCNC screaming abdabs :D
  19. Jimmy_Green

    Jimmy_Green War Hero

  20. higthepig

    higthepig Supporters - GCM

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