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Still, I'm a little skeptical about placing complete faith in any one engineer's theories, test results, and solutions. We could use a lot more of his systematic, thoughtful, and engineering-discipline based approach.
Especially when conclusions like this come out of the exhaustive resarch (from the JSD website):
Conventional storm survival lore and literature is no longer necessary or pertinent.
With the help of the drogue; St Paul on his biblical voyage across the Great Sea could have safely made passage to Rome instead of being shipwrecked in the wilderness, and the spread of Christianity would have taken a different course. The settlement of the American continents might have been advanced by 400 years if the Vikings had the drogue. Their vessels, although ideal for fast coastwise voyaging, were hopelessly unsafe on the open sea under storm conditions. Since they were undecked, they could not lie ahull without swamping, and if they tried to run off they would surf and plunge into the next wave. The Viking ships had no structural bulkheads and would have split open like a pea pod on impact with the green water in the preceding trough.
With the help of the drogue, the Vikings might have been able to support their colonies in the New World.
So much for conjecture!
St. Paul could have been the first Evangelical-Viking-American if only he'd had the JSD! Heh-heh.
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