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(Kent Online)   Headline: Panic as unstable dynamite-laden WW2 ship, the SS Ricard Montgomery, suddenly disappears from the Thames Estuary. Article: the tide was in. Tag is for how dangerous the ship actually is   ( kentonline.co.uk) divider line
    More: Scary, Moon, exceptionally high tide, London, Isle of Sheppey, bomb ship SS, Richard Montgomery, Mr Bumper Car, Artist Dean Tweedy  
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2018-10-10 10:17:47 AM  
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the sun is having a high tide?
 
2018-10-10 11:36:47 AM  
BOOM!
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2018-10-10 12:00:05 PM  
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2018-10-10 12:13:14 PM  
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2018-10-10 12:23:46 PM  
'Panic! At The Unstable Dynamite-Laden WW2 Ship' is my Alt-Rock Big Band cover band. We're opening for Postmodern Jukebox.
 
2018-10-10 12:29:45 PM  

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the sun is having a high tide?


It's moving on.
 
2018-10-10 12:33:41 PM  
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2018-10-10 12:37:37 PM  
FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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2018-10-10 12:40:08 PM  
All night you supply the spark I like
Intense, heavy dose of dynamite
Pure dynamite
 
2018-10-10 12:42:13 PM  
Bomb diggity.
 
2018-10-10 12:43:07 PM  
"Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.
 
2018-10-10 12:47:02 PM  

FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Yes they do, actually. Look at Halifax.


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2018-10-10 12:47:24 PM  

jso2897: "Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.


Salt water has worked its way into everything, they aren't going off in one big chain reaction.
 
2018-10-10 12:47:37 PM  
unstable dynamite-laden WW2 ship

Not only did the headline not say that, the article notes that experts say the ship is not in danger of exploding. But reality must bend to the will of the headline in the farkosphere.
 
2018-10-10 12:47:41 PM  
I don't think we can have a KentOnline article without referencing "Ran amok in Kent."
 
2018-10-10 12:50:05 PM  

Ker_Thwap: I don't think we can have a KentOnline article without referencing "Ran amok in Kent."


It's been overheard in Mayfair.
 
2018-10-10 12:53:16 PM  

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I don't know if it was intentional or not (almost certainly not) but the point of high tide is actually slightly ahead of the Moon due to Earth's rotation pushing it, so in physical reality they would not be perfectly aligned.

This actually results in an interesting situation where the Earth's rotational momentum is transferred to the Moon, causing the Moon's speed to increase and the orbit to rise... which is why the Earth is slowing down and the Moon is receding.
=Smidge=
 
2018-10-10 12:54:38 PM  
Guess we'll find out soon enough.
 
2018-10-10 12:56:34 PM  

Ker_Thwap: I don't think we can have a KentOnline article without referencing "Ran amok in Kent."


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2018-10-10 01:02:55 PM  
That mermaid looks familiar...

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2018-10-10 01:06:00 PM  

FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Tell that to Halifax
Halifax Explosion
 
2018-10-10 01:06:54 PM  
"OK remember where we parked"
 
2018-10-10 01:08:22 PM  
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Vote for Pedro.
 
2018-10-10 01:09:27 PM  
I don't think you could get them lit anymore.

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2018-10-10 01:10:07 PM  

jso2897: "Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.


Is there some non-nitrogen-based gunpowder that I am not aware of?
 
2018-10-10 01:10:10 PM  

Prince George: FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Tell that to Halifax
Halifax Explosion


That's not a tsunami.  That's an explosion, with atmospheric shock damage and a seawater surge.
 
2018-10-10 01:12:28 PM  

jso2897: "Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.


Dynamite in particular becomes extremely unstable as it ages. The nitroglycerine leaks out and recrystalizes in the paper, on the outside of the stick, inside the box, etc.

Yea that's great. Just imagine another hurricane picking this sumbiatch up and tossing it at Florida. Hell, I say we pray it towards Texas.
 
2018-10-10 01:14:22 PM  

FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


Big wave.  It may not be the technical term, but tsunami also is used metaphorically for any sort of wave (a tsunami of happiness washed over Steve as Carla undressed). 

If the Scorpions can Rock us like a hurricane this town can have a tsunami when they have a big explosion.

/is it me, or was that a particularly clickbaity headline... (the original, not the fark one... on fark it's expected.)

I think Tom Scott had a video about this ship.
 
2018-10-10 01:17:39 PM  
That is one of the more British things I've ever read. Here is a helpful picture of what one of  the witnesses  70 digems may look like.

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2018-10-10 01:22:29 PM  

howdoibegin: unstable dynamite-laden WW2 ship

Not only did the headline not say that, the article notes that experts say the ship is not in danger of exploding. But reality must bend to the will of the headline in the farkosphere.


What experts? The ones watching the radar screens around it?

For anyone curious about the wreck and it's cargo I suggest the wiki: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki​/SS_Ric​hard_Montgomery

Lots and lots of random unexploded and unstable ordnance. 1500 tons of it, in fact.
 
2018-10-10 01:24:40 PM  

Prince George: FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Tell that to Halifax
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Came for this, leaving in smithereens.
 
2018-10-10 01:26:56 PM  

Stibium: howdoibegin: unstable dynamite-laden WW2 ship

Not only did the headline not say that, the article notes that experts say the ship is not in danger of exploding. But reality must bend to the will of the headline in the farkosphere.

What experts? The ones watching the radar screens around it?

For anyone curious about the wreck and it's cargo I suggest the wiki: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/​SS_Richard_Montgomery

Lots and lots of random unexploded and unstable ordnance. 1500 tons of it, in fact.


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Those wacky Brits.
 
2018-10-10 01:32:14 PM  

King Something: FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Yes they do, actually. Look at Halifax.


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It's been six years since I sailed away, and I just made Halifax yesterday.
 
2018-10-10 01:38:29 PM  

FrancoFile: Prince George: FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Tell that to Halifax
Halifax Explosion

That's not a tsunami.  That's an explosion, with atmospheric shock damage and a seawater surge.


Differs only in size and source.  Instead of an earthquake or volcano blowing up it's a ship blowing up.  Not to mention tsu (port) nami (wave) gets it's name more or less because they really get nasty when they hit ports because a port tends to focus the energy and make it way worse. This is definitely a really big port wave caused by a more or less seismic event man made or not.  But if you really want to split hairs you can take it up with wikipedia.  There are at least half a dozen articles I can think of that refer to this type of artificial wave as a tsunami.  Also waves caused by landslides and icebergs.  You could make a career out of it. Oh yeah and that article about a volcano on the other side of the Atlantic that has a crack in it. They are afraid it could slide into the ocean some day and cause a tsunami that would hit New York.  Would that be a tsunami because it's a volcano or not a tsunami because it's just a really big landslide.
 
2018-10-10 01:40:27 PM  
What kind of moron thinks that a wreck has disappeared when a spring tide covers its masts? Britons should know about nautical stuff like that.
 
2018-10-10 01:40:50 PM  

Carthax: King Something: FrancoFile: FTFA: Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up.


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Yes they do, actually. Look at Halifax.


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It's been six years since I sailed away, and I just made Halifax yesterday.


Fun fact: Nova Scotia is Spanish for "Don't go to Scotia".
 
2018-10-10 01:48:06 PM  

Plamus: jso2897: "Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.

Is there some non-nitrogen-based gunpowder that I am not aware of?


You could make something with a chlorate / perchlorate oxidizer.
 
2018-10-10 02:03:51 PM  
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2018-10-10 02:06:38 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Plamus: jso2897: "Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.

Is there some non-nitrogen-based gunpowder that I am not aware of?

You could make something with a chlorate / perchlorate oxidizer.


With helpful instructions...

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2018-10-10 02:08:24 PM  
That is one of the more British things I've ever read.

They're pretty good at bizare environmental disasters - and if you add radioactive materials to the list, right behind the Russians.

Windscale (set a reactor on fire screwing around with it), the open spent fuel pools at Sellafield (moss and alge and fish in them, plus Magnox fuel with corroded cladding), or that mineshaft at Dounery (they literally drilled a hole in the ground and kept tossing radioactive trash into it.  One day it exploded...).  There's probably more stuff they haven't admitted to (there was a fuel melt at Chappelcross that details are sketchy on). They don't like to talk about any of their nuke stuff because the power and weapons programs are so intertwined.
 
2018-10-10 02:11:13 PM  
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2018-10-10 02:53:47 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: jso2897: "Safe"? Why, is it gunpowder? I don't think nitrogen based explosives necessarily become impotent over time, or with moisture.

Salt water has worked its way into everything, they aren't going off in one big chain reaction.


Shoot it with a torpedo and let's find out.
 
2018-10-10 02:57:54 PM  
If they were worried about the danger they shouldve done something about it. Kind of hard to be concerned about their fate.
 
2018-10-10 03:25:42 PM  

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Not to mention the typo on the Fark headline - "Ricard"?
 
2018-10-10 04:54:16 PM  

PsychoPhil: That is one of the more British things I've ever read.

They're pretty good at bizare environmental disasters - and if you add radioactive materials to the list, right behind the Russians.



"SS Richard Montgomery was an American Liberty ship"

You are to blame for this one murcans ;)
 
2018-10-10 06:12:24 PM  
"Experts say the bombs are no longer a threat but residents on the Island still live in fear that there could be a tsunami if it ever blows up."

It's possible BUT HIGHLY UNLIKELY!
 
2018-10-10 06:17:20 PM  
Just put an unattended backpack near it. The local bomb squad will arrive within the hour to blow it to smithereens.
 
2018-10-10 06:21:36 PM  

probesport: Ker_Thwap: I don't think we can have a KentOnline article without referencing "Ran amok in Kent."

It's been overheard in Mayfair.


Better not climb in,
She'll blow your head off, Jim
 
2018-10-10 07:30:10 PM  

gaspode: PsychoPhil: That is one of the more British things I've ever read.

They're pretty good at bizare environmental disasters - and if you add radioactive materials to the list, right behind the Russians.


"SS Richard Montgomery was an American Liberty ship"

You are to blame for this one murcans ;)


We are to blame for everything.   Just ask any member of the Looney Left.
 
2018-10-10 08:36:49 PM  

gaspode: PsychoPhil: That is one of the more British things I've ever read.

They're pretty good at bizare environmental disasters - and if you add radioactive materials to the list, right behind the Russians.


"SS Richard Montgomery was an American Liberty ship"

You are to blame for this one murcans ;)


It wouldn't have been there if the Brit's didn't order it.  Only mistake on the American's part was missing the doorstep.
 
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