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Idarwald

German merchant ship, sea cocks open and being scuttled, after being intercepted by a warship, during the British blockade...

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8.12.1940: Stopped by cruiser DIOMEDE underway Tampico-Germany.

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I did read once that the term "opening the sea cocks" to sink a ship is not correct. For the non technical minded amongst could somebody actually explain what is involved in the process please.
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Peter,
There are no 'sea cocks' on a ship. When you think about it any clown could sink the ship! Two possible ways I can think of (and there will be more) are to take off the sea valve intakes or if there is explosive available, blow them off,which is how I believe a VLCC was deliberately sunk in the 70s in the South Atlantic for insurance purposes.
 

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Idarwald, built 1923 by Deutsche Werft Hamburg - Tollerort for HAPAG, launched 31.05.1923, delivered 21.07.1923
Call Sign: DHMF,
8810 tdw,
L/B/D: 121,8/16,5/8 m
Triple expansion steam engine 2850 hpi for 10 kn
44 crew and 66 passengers
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Manfred
 

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