The Yukon hole....

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Posted by Dwill on February 27, 2006 at 14:13:29:

In Reply to: Re: YUKON: I heard.... posted by Rolio Tomasi on February 27, 2006 at 11:08:16:

The Navy is digging that hole, that's why you see the Navy divers out there so often. They are blasting the sand away and digging a trench the length of the ship.

The plan is then put a couple of slings around the ship from the port side (the side near the sand) up around the bottom of the hull. They will attach these slings to two tugs and pull from the west side of the ship.

At the same time the tugs start to pull there will be air pumped into the Yukon, the idea is that since there are no holes in the bottom of hull the Yukon should lift free of the bottom high enough for the super structure to clear the bottom.

As the Yukon rolls over the air will roll with it and escape through the holes cut for diver access. Providing the Yukon rolls quick enough she should settle back on the bottom upright, or worst case upright with a slight list to Port if she settles into the trench.

In any event, the Navy divers will come back and blow the sand back into the trench and around the Yukon to hold her in the new upright position until she settles on her own.

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