Comments about technological history, system fractures, and human resilience from James R. Chiles, the author of Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology (HarperBusiness 2001; paperback 2002) and The God Machine: From Boomerangs to Black Hawks, the Story of the Helicopter (Random House, 2007, paperback 2008)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Howl of the Rena: Updated link from Maritime NZ

Back by popular demand, perhaps because people are thinking of how to use it for Halloween, here's the updated web address with the eerie howl recorded two years ago inside the wreck of the containership Rena as waves tore it apart on a reef offshore New Zealand. There's a spine-tingling shriek starting 34 seconds in.

I haven't heard audio recorded from inside Concordia (hydrophone or microphone) as the strand jacks pulled it upright. I'm sure it was noisy inside. Does anyone know of a link?

FYI on the status of Rena: the bow is gone, but the stern is mostly intact and sunk on the reef, and the highest section is within 30 feet of the surface.

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