March 3, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Cruise Ship Hit By “Giant” Waves – Two Passengers Killed

CNN reported on “giant” waves (26 feet / 9 meters tall) hitting a cruise ship unexpectedly.

Waves 26 feet tall don’t seem “giant” to me. Especially when they were traveling in 45 knot winds.

When I was aboard the USS Arkansas we were steaming at 30+ knots in 15 foot seas off North Carolina when we were hit by a 50+ foot tall rouge wave. It did millions of dollars of damage to the ship but no one was injured.

Big waves shouldn’t be unexpected in high winds.

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