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Re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea
Nina's , deckhouse , is a very similar in design to the Smeeton's Tzu Hang which was twice pitchpoled in the Pacific while attempting to round Cape Horn. On both occasions the structure was torn away and had it not been for John Guzzwell's intervention (he was crewing) the Tzu Hang would have probably gone down. I'm not saying that would have been a quick sinking but it shows how "easily" timber deck houses can be torn away.
..and if that happens during a knockdown the boat would certainly go down quickly.
But, again, you'd expect to find some wreckage (cabin cushions, life jackets, galleyware, that sort of floating stuff)..
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"