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Contribution to "An Investigation Into the Loss of the Steel Bark Admiral Karpfanger ex L'Avenir"

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One of the unsolved marine catastrophes of the past is the loss of Admiral Karpfanger ex L'Avenir in 1938. In a paper published in the October 2004 issue of MARINE TECHNOLOGY, Roger Ghys and Neil W. Cormack discussed possible causes of the disaster. The present paper discusses a phenomenon that came into attention quite recently, which might have been the cause of the loss: parametric resonance of the rolling motion by head or stern waves. Following a short discussion of that phenomenon, the paper concludes that the vessel might have capsized and sunk as the result of parametric resonance.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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