Monday, July 20, 2009

Heat Conducting Superstructure

Holy Cats

Belknap was severely damaged in a collision with John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1975 in heavy weather off the coast of Sicily. A fire broke out on Belknap following the collision, and during the fire her aluminum superstructure was melted, burned and gutted to the deck level. Seven personnel were killed on Belknap and one on Kennedy.

Someone took a wrong turn, they collided and burning jet fuel dropped onto the smaller vessel.

God Rest Their Souls.

USS Belknap: collision damage.

It took four years to rebuild Belknap

One could hope this caused the Powers That Be to realize that a material that melts at lower temperatures and that conducts heat Real Good is not ideal for warship construction.

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