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post #5 of Old 01-09-2007
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It's not common but merchant ships hit them. Average ship speed is 17 knots and, of course, the ship is much louder than any sail boat-well maybe not pigslo's, you can imagine the cacophony when his crew gets hungry. Consensus seems to be they are sleeping when hit. Don't know anybody who did who didn't say they had a good cry over it happening.
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