You didnt answer the question. I do. I met the design
builder in Honolulu two months later.
So tell me what happened in this case. It was in alaska
approx 1981. Smart remarks dont count, just an outcome and
what would cause that outcome. Many people I talk to in this
business know instantly what will happen in a case like that.
With a change of 100 deg F, thermal expansion / contraction of mild steel is
appx 3/4in per 100 ft. of length.
In your case above it is concievable that the inner welds could have failed
given it was a fairly large ship, and provided the temperature change
occured rapidly enough that heat heat wasnt transferred quickly enough so as
to equally soak all of the structural members.
In real life, this would be pretty damned difficult to accomplish, at
best--100 deg is a fairly large delta.
As the refrigeration systems were started up, 3ea 600 ton
ammonia screw machines, the holds reached minus 20F... the
bankers and other other investors were gathered on deck
drinking champagne and eathing sushi... a noise some
described as a howitzer being fired occurred, and the ship
shook violently as the high rollers fled for the gang plank
and watched the ship break in half and sink in a matter of
minutes, all that was sticking out of the water was an antenna
I met the guy who designed and built the refrigeration on the
ship in Honollulu about 6 months later. (getting ready be the
chief engineer on one of Haddon Salts lobster boats ..H Salt
Esquire fish and chips magnate... I met him in Honolulu as
well and refrigerated one of his boats, a 160' lobster
boat...a single stage R502 blast freeze system fit into one
of the boats holds.)
The steel bulkheads and decking shrank but the outer hull of
the ship didnt becauase it was of course immersed in 50
degree sea water not allowing it to cool along with the
bulkhead and deck plate. the shrink would have been in the
1" range, heavy steel plate, enough to crack the hull all the
way around and below the water line. The ship would have
been of course heavier on one side of the crack, that weight
and boyancy differential would have pulled it apart.
When I met the engineer. a greek guy I forgot his name he was
in Honolulu atire, shorts, and boots..and no hair on his
body...he told me the story.. he got so upset he shed all of
his hair and had to take a range of calm down pills and see a
Odd that no real info is given other than, 'I was in Honolulu',
'Alaska approx 1981', 'lobster boats' .
Hell, I was in Honolulu and saw an alien who looked like an alaskan
lobster. A ship blew up and sank. Investors ran.
I was kinda drunk at the time, so my memory might not be as precise as
Well, unfortunately, the previous owners sheetrocked the lower level ceiling
so there's no access to the duct flow controls for the upper level vents.
You can accomplish the same thing by covering part of the outflow vents in
the hotest/coldest rooms.
Use tape to partially cover the vents while you are experimenting and when
you get the correct flow to the entire house, you can put a piece of tin
behind the vents, the same size as the tape.
Before I put an electric heater in, I would put an unvented natural/propane
gas heater in the coldest spot. (unless you have small rooms and closed
I have one in the kitchen/living room area and we use it when it is too warm
to start a fire in the woodstove.
Just make sure you put a Carbon monoxide detector in the room.
The problem too is that the house is cold on one end and warm on the other
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