|Waves crash over the bow of RRS Discovery|
|D245 Wave data|
There was damage to the ship. An interior window between the main lab and the computer room shattered as the ship flexed. During a roll of 33° at 4am the starboard lifeboat came loose and was banging loudly against the side of the ship. Crew were dispatched to secure it, and watching them go out into the raging storm was the worst moment for me. They did the job though, and all came safely back inside.
During a 12-hour period on 8-9 Feb 2000, a total of 23 waves exceeded 20m (peak-to-trough height). The biggest wave was over 29m, and significant wave height reached 18.5m, the highest ever recorded.
Read Susan Casey's version of this story on Gizmodo as an excerpt from her book "The Wave".