collection of most funny and weird pictures from the internet.
They were proud and beautiful once, confident in the face of anything the sea could throw at them - and now they haunt the coastlines with their sadness and beauty (but of the different kind):
The history of the "American Star" is nicely documented on this page.
This is how the ship looked right after it snapped in two:
Cherry Venture (more info)
Ships in Peril, and Ships Perishing
Peru in 2006:
Titanic-style sinking in Antarctic waters
(Sinking of "Titanic"
Pasha Bulker - a huge container ship grounded in Australia
More Container Ships in Peril
Shipwrecks claimed by the desert
from Namibian Skeleton Coast:
shipwrecks of the Aral Sea
Rest in Pieces
Saddam Hussein's private yacht "Al Mansur" in 2003
The Sadness & The Beauty
The majestic USS "Oriscany"
the inferno inside
Russia - Battleship "Murmansk", Sverdlov class:
Most Photographed (and Beautiful) Shipwreck: The "American Star" off Hesperides
a similar ship SS United States in 1952
I remember when I was in the Navy watching a film about the USS Forrestal when it caught fire in the 1960's. The USS Oriscany was one of the ships that responded and helped the Forrestal put out the fire. The fire on the Forrestal broke out after a pilot readying for a mission mistakenly hit his fire button after he was fully loaded. A missile from his plane hit another fully loaded plane accross from him. A chain reaction broke out as plane after plane began exploding. The first damage control team was wiped out battling the inferno. A second team contained the fire but made the mistake of walking over the foam and reigniting the fire behind them. After that it was up to the ships crew and the raged out of control for over thirty six hours. The Oriscany and two destroyers lended hand and helped bring the fire under control but not before the Forrestal lost an estimated 1500 men out of her crew of three thousand.
stephanpyx said..."Forrestal lost an estimated 1500 men out of her crew of three thousand"Might wanna check your facts there fella.The "incident" killed 134 men and injured more than 300.(My father in-law was one killed)Now, as far as how the incident began,again,check your facts fella. Neither the pilot or his RIO in the F-4, from which the missile was launched, "accidentally" armed and fired the weapon.
In this incident, there were 134 men killed and it injured more than 300. NOT 1500 as the other commentator states. (My father-in-law was one of the fatalities)Also, I ASSURE you, the previous commentators account that the missile was "accidentally" ARMED on the deck of the carrier and fired by the crew of the F-4...is also FALSE. If one cares to, read and study the effects of an extraordinary stray voltage found to be the cause of this incident...and most importantly...WHERE the "stray voltage" just might have come from on the day in 1967. You might be surprised in fact.
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