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Giant Waves Hit Cruise Ship; 2 passengers killed

Note that this occurred in the western Med. Nearby buoy reports of 45 knot winds:

Giant waves hit cruise ship; 2 passengers killed
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Yes, but if you don't call it giant, almost no one would care. It wouldn't be newsworthy!
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I wouldn't call a 26' wave giant....
Not by Cape Horn standards, no. But waves in the Med tend to have a more square shape to them. More like walls than rollers. And they tend to be more tightly spaced.

If it battered a large cruise ship that badly, it must have packed a wallop. The article says it was three in succession.
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i am a firm believer the bigger ships are more prone to damage than smaller ships on the same wave, if they are not breaking waves.

i have seen vids of 50 foot waves that a 30 something fishing boat just went over and a 100 foot boat rolled about 60 degrees on, neither where broad side. the big ship had air under its keel but was touching at each end. its kind of like 4 wheeling with a short wheel base vrs a long wheel base
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The article says it was three in succession.
The three sisters of the great lakes have sent many a boat to the bottom!
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