Ping Pong Balls Question

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I was chatting to a guy the other day who says he was one of the 'rescue divers' on the fateful day that Bluebird crashed. He stated that some of the Bluebird's compartments/voids were filled with ping pong balls to aid bouyency should the boat capsize, just wondering if anyone can shed any light on whether this is fact? He did say that the lake was covered in ping pong balls after the crash.

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Don't know about ping pong balls but a lot of the compartments had sealed bags in to aid bouyancy but as soon as it got underwater the bags just crushed under the water pressure

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No ping pong balls in K7 that I'm aware of. It was however stuffed with completely useless, sealed polythene bags that would collapse a metre under the surface and lose their buoyancy in an instant.
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Im sure I read that Miss Windermere II was stuffed with ping pong balls when it crashed in 1930 killing Sir Henry Seagrave.
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Strange that, as I have heard the ping pong rumour before.... On the crash footage I initially thought the bits floating were ping pongs :roll:
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I've heard the ping pong ball story innumerable times but there wasn't a single ball or the remains of one anywhere in K7 and you'd think at least one would get trapped or smashed and jammed somewhere - not a one.
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I remember seeing something a long time ago about there being an invoice relating to K4 for many thousand ping-pong balls and I know Steve said in another thread recently what the bouyancy arrangements were in K3. The only time I've ever seen ping-pong balls mentioned in relation to K7 and where they were installed was in the sponsons which, thinking about it now in context with everything else, seems to make some sense;

As well-built as they were, it's always struck me as completely unbelievable that they could be the first things to hit the water and make it through that storm of destruction without being breached yet, as we all know, they remained perfectly afloat and were towed to shore. Looking at the few tantalising build pics we've been shown of the new ones, they do appear to be effectively compartmentalised by solid bulkheads around the spar mounts but you would still expect them to have sat lower or at an angle if one or more compartments had taken on water. That said, they clearly were not ripped wide open so that wouldn't account for the reports of ping-pong balls on the surface after the accident. The only thing I can think of that might is if they had been packed into the tops of the sponsons, in the hollow space created by the fairings (possibly with the Lake Mead incident in mind): The fact that the fairings were obliterated would certainly seem to cover all bases in terms of fitting with accounts and lack of evidence.

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As well-built as they were, it's always struck me as completely unbelievable that they could be the first things to hit the water and make it through that storm of destruction without being breached
Trust me - the Bismarck couldn't sink those things!
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Mike Bull wrote:I don't think I have one that I'm able to share, but in some of the pictures of the recovered sponsons you can clearly see some of the plastic bags through the twin holes in the rear bulkhead of the left hand one.
I hope you're right Mike - could be a real show-stopper if you discover you need to fill the sponsons with ping-pong balls. The standard ball size was changed from 38mm (1.5") to 40mm in 2000, and the 38mm ones are becoming quite hard to get hold of. I know your conscience wouldn't allow the wrong ones to be used so might need to get your quartermaster scanning the net for old stocks just in case!!

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