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    On 3 October 1986, while on patrol 680 miles (1100 km) northeast of Bermuda, K-219 suffered an explosion and fire in a missile tube. The seal in a missile hatch cover failed, allowing seawater to leak into the missile tube and react with residue from the missile's liquid fuel. The Soviet Navy claimed that the leak was caused by a collision with USS Augusta (SSN-710). Augusta was certainly operating in proximity, but the United States Navy denies any collision (see below). K-219 had previously experienced a similar casualty; one of her missile tubes was already disabled and welded shut.


    K-219 in distress
    Three sailors were killed outright and a fourth, Sergei Preminin, a 19-year old enlisted seaman, sacrificed his life after successfully securing the nuclear reactor by hand, trapped in the engine compartment. Captain Second Rank Igor Britanov was ordered to have the ship towed by a Soviet freighter back to Gadzhievo, her home port, some 7000 kilometers away.
    Towing attempts were unsuccessful, and after subsequent poison gas leaks into the final aft compartments and against orders, Britanov ordered the crew to evacuate onto the towing ship. Britanov remained aboard K-219.
    Displeased with Britanov's inability to repair his submarine and continue his patrol, Moscow ordered Valery Pshenichny, K-219ís security officer, to assume command, transfer the surviving crew back to the submarine, and return to duty. Before those orders could be carried out, however, K-219 abruptly sank into the Hatteras Abyss[1], about 6000 meters down. While the proximate cause of the sinking is unknown, some evidence indicates that Britanov may have scuttled her.
    Preminin earned the Red Star, awarded posthumously, for his bravery in securing the reactors. Britanov was charged with negligence, sabotage, and treason. He was never imprisoned, but waited for his trial in Sverdlovsk. In May 1987, after a new Defense Minister took office in Moscow, the charges against Britanov were dismissed.
    Next time, it'll all be different.

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    Ah. Dear me. No grog from the friendly Russians then.

    All alone, All alone.

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    Thanks for that - a fascinating event and renforces the heroic image of submariners.


    Rather spoils the potential for an adventure for Mojomo though ! [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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    That's a nice writeup. It's good to see TCM back to his normal wordy-post self - I thought the forum had been running quickly over the past week or so. Blinkin' 'eck, not terribly surprising it's not very arduous. There they are, four capable sailers, on a big, comfy cat; loafing about in a flat calm. Let's hope the 2nd half of the trip is similarly benign!

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    I see their weather routing service is still hard at it. They're carrying the least windy part of the North Atlantic along with them!

    They'll have to stop to carry out an engine service soon.
    Next time, it'll all be different.

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    Thurs 3rd May, 11am BST, 6am local. 31deg 14 N, 56deg 27 W.

    No wind yet, and no further fish. Nice weather tho. Still motoring along at
    6 knots. The wind has settled to SW overnight but still under 5 knots. There was an exciting moment where it looked as though we were "on" as the wind jumped up to 8.9 knots. But it turned out to be 3.9 knots and the needle indicator was making the 3 look like an 8. Heyho.

    I hear that some people (one or two crew family or relatives swmbo's
    especially) have been a bit worried because the satellite tracking thing loses connection, and we "vanish" from google earth. I suppose I knew that this might be an issue. Latest is that the password has changed or something, and again, we've disappeared. But we haven't disappeared a all.

    The actual device on the boat is a non-commercially available thing from one of Stingo's mates, something to do with lovely people a GlobalTrack who feed the signal I think. Stingo kindly loaned it to me by sending the whole kaboodle by Fedex from South Africa. It's not a safety indicator, though, really. It looks like a smoke detector and plugs into a 4-way cigarette lighter socket I got from Halfords for £9.99. That 4-way adapter is plugged into the 12v adapter, whilst the detector itself sits outside on top of the saloon, wire through the hatch. It is not easy to see if it's working, impossible to see if not working, and quite easy to disconnect accidentally.
    So, the point is that it's perhaps the flakiest thing on the boat, hardly ever checked, and we can't fix it if it goes wrong. There are loads of reasons why it might not work, and almost none of those reasons are any cause for concern. And even when it does work, the reason we jig about is that we saw something interesting in the sea, or nearly caught a fish, or went for a swim, or the autopilot decided to have a nap and the steering drifted us towards Africa, or (usually) because changing the direction is quite interesting thing to do whilst on watch a bit, seeing if we can gain half a knot, perhaps.

    Of course, boating itself is inherently unreliable, subject to the vague workings of wind and gear etc which might or might all work as we want. But everyone is used to modern life with mobile phones able to keep life on track, predictable t the last minute. On a boat, things like GPS -and especially that tracking thing- gives some semblance or order with waypoints and tracks and computers making it look all very orderly and far more under control than it realyl is. Putting in waypoints, for example, shows that we'll be back in the marina at 6::25pm for example, just as reliable as coming home from work. But it isn't that reliable at all. We might get to Horta in a week, or ten days or a fortnight. We might be able to send some more emails on the sat phone, or not, and the tracker thing might be working, or (easily more likely than any other failure) it might not.

    Other stuff. This "mother watch"system proposed by Zefender is working well although perhaps getting a touch out of hand. Four of us, 3 hours on watch,
    6 hours off, and one person each day is "mother"and does all the cooking and domestic stuff, no watches. First day, para made a nice melon/ham salad for lunch, and tomato pasta for tea. Fine. He didn't wash up a pan but no big deal really. Second day, LJS made waldorf salad for lunch and fab tuna pasta and left the galley as new. Third day, Paddy made fishy stew from para's fish for lunch, beef stroganoff for tea, hoovered up and cleaned the loos.
    Fourth day, I had to up the ante with lobster sauce on fish and baked apple dessert, made mohitos in the afternoon, washed the cockpit and did the loos AND folded the bog paper in pwc's cabin. Hah! But then para made actual real bread the next day, and clever sauce for more fish from a real recipe book too. Yesterday, LJS was seen hunting around for cocktail sticks for afternoon apple and cheese nibbles. It's all getting a bit out of hand, but wil have t come crashing down to earth as there is a lot of pasta and jars of tomato sauce packets.

    Fishing wise, I'm afraid para and I have reviewed pwc's position this morning. He's had a run of bad form , and so, very reluctantly, I have put my own fishing rod out whilst he's in bed. So he's lost his spot. But the fact is he's had that starboard fishing station for five days just hasn't got the results we expected. He is trying to retrieve things with a single deep line to catch something very large and leapfrog to top of the league.

    My fishing rod is a work of art. Or at least, it was a work of art until I sawed it down to three feet long so it would fit in an bag to get it to UK on Easyjet back from France. If this works I expect the others will get the hacksaw out as well and try the sawn-of fishing rd as well.

    Meanwhile I am still on watch. Being on watch mainly means looking at the Raymarine E80 screen. We have chart overlaid with radar and AIS. AIS is quite good because it shows the position of any big ships which all have to have AIS system fitted, and they transmit all their details so you can be nosey and see where they're going, such as the Bulgaria recently going to Houston, due there on the 10th May. It could be a bit more detailed though, as it only shows it is carrying "cargo"whereas I want to know what the cargo actually is, and perhaps the names of the crew as well, how old they are if it's their birthday perhaps, that sort of thing.

    Seriously though, is this E80 stuff supposed to be any good? It works, but the operation is a bit kludgy, as though written in COBOL in 1978, and now with added colour. Although we've trawled through manuals and waypoints I can't get the cursor to "snap" to gridlines or waypoints which is painful. A list of waypoints shows just that, no distances to them, and no "nearest waypoints" so no going somewhere a second time and getting a list of nearest waypoints, vital unless you remember the exact name of them all. It does seem that modern handheld chart plotters (or even quite old ones actually like that Garmin 175) are a lot slicker. Even the graphics is a bit weird - the other day I had a fright as there was suddenly what looked like a positive radar hit *very* near the boat. Nothing visible so I zoomed in to find that at closer magnification it was. a red box/waypoint put there earlier in the day! Grr.

    That's enough for the moment. The wind is still a couple of days away.
    Sunday to Tuesday should be quite quick. Meanwhile we're motoring, 150 miles a day, plenty of fuel, used about 200litres (out of 1100) up to yesterday.

    Tcm

    Stop press: 9am local, 2pm BST I caught a massive fish! With the sawn-off rod! Only took an hour to gettim. Yellow and blue shiny doarade, 104 cm long. Yeehah! Told pwc he can have go with that rod if he likes. Sending this now.

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    Great report and good to see you are all playing nicely. Its a shame Jimi isn't aboard as by now he would have managed to leave a sock in each hull and his grundies under the saloon table. Para once did intimate to me that he has a medical exemption certificate which gets him out of the washing up.

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    re Matt's fish: Pat & I would like it to be known that we attached the reel to the rod, made a prescient decision on the type of lure, carefully fed out the right amount and attached the whole caboodle to the starboard rail. He just had to pull it in although here we will admit to some admiration as the rod stops at the first eye! git ... !

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    No wind yet

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    . . . Have arranged to send you some of ours. Does F5-6 N suit? Afraid it's all we've got at the moment . . .

    Please forward some of your calm by return so we can motor to Madeira and get a decent shower.


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    Ooh, I see the wind has at last picked up. Mojomo currently tracked at 7-8kts. The weather maps look like they're in for some fast sailing over the next couple of days. That should chuck 'em out of their slumber!

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