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I am trying to get my head round the physics of that idea!and if it goes off, it woudt deprive a fifty mile cirlcle of oxygen for 30 minutes.
TNT (I guess "THT" was a typo) and all other high explosives generate their own oxygen to fuel the reaction, in that respect they are no different from the gunpowder I made as a kid.. Even if there is a "slow burn" some of the energy, both blast and heat, will be absorbed in the water or shifting a lot of it elsewhere.
Any rising heat, fireball or column, will draw air in from the surrounding environment and, yes, its oxygen will be partly consumed in the fire but it will be experienced as a wind - two winds, one hot outgoing from the blast (lasting closer to 30 seconds (if it is a sustained series of large explosions) than 30 minutes) and one nice cool one coming in.
Nothing to do with the election but an interesting thing to ponder - wonder if Mr Barker published this idea anywhere . . .
Later: reading a bit on this I suddenly realised that I have been within a matter of feet of the ship! They used to (may still do so) "Trips round the wreck" from Sheerness where we used to holiday back then. The masts are still above the water.