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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Your worst memory when you were trying to spot or take pictures of the ships? on: June 03, 2020, 05:41:32 pm
Sailing on the Solent in a dinghy as a young boy, photographing seagulls and buoys and finishing the film in my camera. Ten minutes later the old P&O liner Oriana passed-by belching thick black smoke from all the engine room vents with passengers gathering on the decks wearing life jackets. She passed by less than 100 yards away. 20 minutes later tugs came screaming down Southampton water with hoses ready. A very dramatic scene, fortunately no one was injured, they swung the Oriana around near Bramble Bank and towed her back to Southampton, still belching smoke. If only I had a few shots left in my camera...   I remember trying to calculate how many passengers I could save in my little dinghy!
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Something going on off Penzance...? on: February 08, 2014, 11:20:25 pm
Some strange movements of the Wilson Gaeta, (making circles), Sunshine Express and Aburaq (turned 180) between Penzance and Milford Haven - according to AIS. I hope no one is in danger - 50 knot winds currently being recorded. Gordon
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Passengers and crew airlifted from Riverdance on: January 31, 2008, 10:50:49 pm
Is she aground now on the beach? (source AIS) Gordon
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Future New York Visit on: November 17, 2007, 04:59:56 pm
The 'Circle Line' tour is well worth it, taking you around the Manhatten island, or take the free ferry to Staten Island and back again. Unfortunately not much shipping on either trip, like London Docks all now trendy flats or acres of derelict land. Gordon
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: French aircraft carrier Clemenceau on: February 13, 2006, 07:52:31 pm
More about the Clemenceau on the BBC website:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4708530.stm
Gordon
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Mutiny on the Queen Mary 2 on: January 22, 2006, 10:04:53 pm
Further problems with the three prop QM2 with passengers revolting. Further details here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4637240.stm  Funny to think the old Mauretania undertook eight transatlantic crossing on only three props whilst waiting for a replacement.
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Norway,the end on: January 15, 2006, 05:17:41 pm
You may find the scrappers signed a purchase contract similar to the one used by P&O when selling the Canberra. I quote from the Canberra's website (www.sscanberra.com):-  P&O's insistence that Canberra never sail again was highlighted within the bill of sale itself. The breakers, who paid $5,640,818 for the ship, signed a contract with the following macabre clause:

"ownership of the propellers shall not pass until blades have been cut and removed from the vessel and ownership of the boiler, turbine-generators and propulsion motors shall not pass until the vessel is cut up to the extent that it is not practicable to rebuild the vessel"

Gordon
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