Great Lakes/Great Rivers Section Hears Three Technical Papers During Fall Meeting In Ann Arbor

The Great Lakes and Great Rivers Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers convened its fall meeting at the Ann Arbor Inn in Ann Arbor, Mich. A record turnout for the Section of 266 participants made the occasion a very lively one.

Many of the registrants were students in the Department of Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan, also located in Ann Arbor. Since the Section recently adopted plans for a student section, it was particularly gratifying to see so many of them in attendance.

Three papers were presented during the technical session, as follows: "Comparisons of Calculation Procedures with Model Test and Full Scale Vibration Data of the M/V Roger Blough," by Dr.

William S. Vorus and Messrs. S.G. Stiansen and Ralph H. Bertz.

The second paper dealt with "Procedures for Diesel Exhaust Energy Actualization Aboard Great Lakes Bulk Carriers," by John B. Woodward III.

The last paper, which created a great deal of interest, was a presentation by U.S. Coast Guard Capt. J.A. Wilson and Comdr. C.L.

Loosmore on their findings from the Board of Inquiry, and was entitled "Analysis of the Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald." At this time during the session, David A.

Groh, speaking on behalf of Lake Carriers' Association, pointed out the industry's position, which rejects the board's findings, and suggests another method for the analysis which resulted in a different conclusion.

Spirited discussion ensued, but little new ground was covered or any conclusions reached.

Following a luncheon, the various tours were available for member participation to the towing tank maneuvering facilities, and so forth, on the University campus. The next scheduled meeting of the Section has been set for January 19, 1978, at the Bond Court Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio.

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