By: Mary Smith
Published: Jun 2, 2021

Biggest Rogue Waves Never Reach Shoreline

Biggest Rogue Waves - Some of the largest waves ever recorded were in the rogue waters of the ocean. They are the biggest and are usually caused by a powerful earthquake. Most of them never reach the shoreline.

Some leave a trail of mystery. One particular set hit off the coast of Georgia on Saturday, April 16, 2005. They were rogue waves and reached up to seven-stories and crashed into the bow of a ship.

In fact, they were the biggest ever recorded for a cruise liner, and it reached the 10th deck. Witnesses were shocked as windows were smashed and deck chairs became flying missiles. The waves flooded 62 cabins, injured 4 passengers and sowed widespread fear and panic.

“The ship was like a cork in a bathtub,” recalled Celestine Mcelhatton, a passenger who, along with 2,000 others, eventually made it back to Pier 88 on the Hudson River in Manhattan. Some vowed never to sail again.

Enormous waves that sweep the ocean are traditionally called rogue waves, implying that they have a kind of freakish rarity. Over the decades, skeptical oceanographers have doubted their existence and tended to lump them together with sightings of mermaids and sea monsters.

But scientists are now finding that the biggest giants of the sea are far more common and destructive than once imagined, prompting a rush of new studies and research projects. The goals are to better tally the waves, understand why they form, and explore the possibility of rogue forecasts.


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