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HMS Seal

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A torpedo-boat destroyer.

1901 H.M.S. Seal was struck by an enormous wave in the Bristol Channel. Her upper deck was cracked right across, admitting daylight to the stokehold; the side plating was split for 18in. down from the deck. The ship was only saved by very able seamanship; she returned to port with a wire hawser stretched round the conning-tower and into the engine-room skylights, and tightened up with stretching screws, in order to take the strain off the deck between these two points.

A sister ship, HMS Wolf, was subjected to testing in order to understand whether the design methods were still appropriate for steel-hulled ships.

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