Kathy A. Miles
And they won't get any sympathy from me.
The time frame in the year when the wreck can be accessed is a rather small one because of the natural (Read that to mean downright vicious!) conditions on the North Atlantic, so it's quite a stretch to say that the visits and the exploration have much of anything to do with the acceleration of decay in the wreck. That's not to say that continued molestation of the wreck isn't a factor but if it is, it would seem to be a bit player in the drama. A drama where Mother Nature is...as usual...having the last laugh.quote:
In the respect that a microbiologist, an archeologist, and a naval officer are giving opinions regarding the collapse of the wreck, and that it has nothing new in the story.
Yes, the wreck is collapsing, and once all the members reach a certain slenderness, there will be an exponential increase in gross collapse events. Then things will calm down after the next 25-40 years after most of the potential energy is gone with collapsing, and the debris pile will slowly rust into iron ore over the next century or so.
Roy says that he sees lots more rusticles, and claims it is rusting at 600 pounds per day. Heck, if you just take the likely surface area of the steel that is exposed to sea water, and use the textbook corrosion rate of mild steel in sea water (o.1 mils per day), you get about 1000 lbs per day. Nothing new here. And Roy has never proven that the corrosion rate is increasing, that the bacteria concentration is increasing, or that they are eating the ship. Rusticles form and fall off all the time. Thats where you get the floc piles along the sides of the hull. He has no way of knowing, from 3 glimpses over 7 years, whether his data means anything or not.
The ship is progressing into oblivion in just the way that a metallurgist and mechanical engineer would tell you it would.
The only thing of interest in the article was the observation of all the beer bottles from one of the RMSTI's officer's son's band on one of the expeditions. Glad someone finally pointed it out, even if he didn't get the source right.