less than sixty feet of water

Discussion in 'English Only' started by VicNicSor, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    — Though her [the ship Queen Anne, which mysteriously disappeared in 1939] exact position was kept secret for fear spies might give her up to the Axis. It's been reasonably determined that the Queen Anne was just south of the Plantagenet bank when she went missing.
    Less than sixty feet of water yet she's never been found.
    The X-Files, episode Triangle

    Does that mean that at "just south of the Plantagenet bank", the depth of water is less than 60 feet?
    Thank you.
     
  2. Archilochus Senior Member

    New Mexico
    American English
  3. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    Thank you.
     
  4. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
  5. Linkway Senior Member

    British English
    Not precisely. It means that at the place where the ship sank, the water was less than 60 feet deep. The seabed is not flat and the ship may have lodged on some rocks sticking up from the seabed.
     
  6. VicNicSor

    VicNicSor Senior Member

    Russia
    Russian
    Yes, but the place where it disappeared, or "went missing" (it's not said it "sank") was "just south of the Plantagenet bank":)
     
  7. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    I agree with Vic.

    If the ship has never been found, no-one knows the exact location where it sank. And no-one knows how deep the water is in that unknown spot.

    So the comment "less than 60 feet deep" has to be about the area "just south of the Plantagenet bank".
     

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