[Beowulf] Re: HVAC and room cooling... wires

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Mon Feb 9 18:25:55 EST 2004


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On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 05:13 am, Robert G. Brown wrote:

> argue that the HMS Sheffield (sunk by a single exocet missle in the
> falklands war) went down in large measure because it was an aluminum ship

A quick correction, the Sheffield was an all steel ship, as I believe were all 
the Royal Navy's Type 42 destroyers. There was a major fire, which IIRC was 
not brought under control because the exocet (which failed to explode) took 
out a large chunk of the fire fighting system. She finally sank under tow on 
May 10th 1982, six days after being hit.

The sci.military.naval FAQ has an excellent section on the role of aluminium 
in the loss of warships which looks at this urban legend, and gives real 
examples when aluminium did cause the loss, at:

	http://www.hazegray.org/faq/smn6.htm#F7

as well as a section on the Type 42's at:

	http://www.hazegray.org/navhist/rn/destroyers/type42/

cheers,
Chris
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