Contribution to "An investigation into the loss of the steel bark Admiral Karpfanger ex L'Avenir"

Unsalan D.

MARINE TECHNOLOGY AND SNAME NEWS, vol.43, no.1, pp.40-41, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-41
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


One of the unsolved marine catastrophes of the past is the loss of Admiral Karpfanger ex L'Avenir in 1938. In a paper published in the October 2004 issue of MARINE TECHNOLOGY, Roger Ghys and Neil W. Cormack discussed possible causes of the disaster. The present paper discusses a phenomenon that came into attention quite recently, which might have been the cause of the loss: parametric resonance of the rolling motion by head or stern waves. Following a short discussion of that phenomenon, the paper concludes that the vessel might have capsized and sunk as the result of parametric resonance.