JWright wrote in post #9462135
I could go into a very lengthy historical discussion about this one...
ponygirl wrote in post #9464464
I'll make sure to get some pictures of them, empty of course...
My discussion could go all the way back to the age of sail and the origin of the term "head..." (I was a sail crewman on the Star of India for four years.)
navydoc wrote in post #9471233
We (the Oriskany) went through a typhoon in the South China Sea in 1966 with no problems. The worst seas I remember going through was off the coast of San Francisco.
During the typhoon, a civilian ship had run aground on a reef and we sent our helicopters over to rescue the crew. The waves were so large that one of them batted one of our helos right out of the sky. The helo crew was rescued too.
I'm thankful I wasn't a crewmember of one of our escort destroyers during the storm.
By far one of the worst ships I was on was an "ocean going" minesweeper (MSO). These things had all the sea-keeping qualities of a cork... Shallow draft, high freeboard, wood and aluminum construction all contributed to a miserable ride. By comparison a destroyer was downright smooth...