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When Chesapeake Bay Becomes a Hurricane Hole for a Ship

Written by on September 6, 2011 in Cruising Under Power, seamanship
Instrument Panel Photo of Cruise Ship Carnival Pride during Hurricane Irene -- Photo courtesy of Bill Band

Instrument Panel Photo of Cruise Ship Carnival Pride during Hurricane Irene -- Photo courtesy of Bill Band

A fascinating blog entry yesterday on the Kadey-Krogen Yachts website recounts the Hurricane Irene experience of Chesapeake ship pilot Bill Band, father of Shannon Band, KKY’s marketing manager.  Band was one of two pilots who took the 960-foot Carnival Pride out of the Port of Baltimore and into the Bay to ride out the hurricane.  Just check out the wind-speed reading on the instrument display photo above, taken by Band during the storm.  Yikes.

It’s a fascinating story about modern ship handling and heavy weather strategy that should interest any captain who has wondered how he or she would fare at sea in a tropical cyclone.  The scale of everything in this story is larger than what most of us deal with every day, but many of the experiences hold similar in principle.

Have a look at the blog entry from Pilot Band on the Kadey-Krogen website.  There are some other impressive photos there, too.

If you were at sea during Irene, or any other major storm, we’d love to hear about your own experiences in the comments.

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About the Author: Tom Tripp is the owner of OceanLines LLC, the publisher of OceanLines and founder of Marine Science Today. He is an award-winning marine journalist, science writer and long-time public communications specialist. His PR career and much of his writing stems from the fact that he loves to explain stuff. It all began when he and his brother Mark threw all of Mom's tomatoes at the back wall of the house. . . .

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