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WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR?

 
 
McTag
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 02:22 am
Yo ho ho

At the end of the month, we're sailing from Oslo to Rouen.

Oh, a life on the ocean wave
A home on the rolling deep...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 04:31 am
Sailing around the Jutland Peninsula or going through the NOK (Kiel Kanal)?

(I'm not sure what I really like[d] most - both is very interesting.)
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 05:45 am
I don't know yet....but hoping that the winds are not steady south-westerlies!

Well I do know, really: I would be most surprised if we entered the Kiel Canal.

A wet sheet and a flowing sea
A wind that follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 05:51 am
When I sailed from Holland to the Baltic Sea (twice, 'transporting boats to their new ports of registry there), we did so: time is money (for the owners) :wink:
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 06:00 am
The canal costs money too.
And it's not en route, (said he confidently without consulting the map first.)

If we can get to the west, avoiding the Dogger Bank, we won't have to trouble you German chappies. :wink:

But the final route chosen will depend on the prevailing wind. Heck, we could go clockwise round the British Isles! But time available would preclude that, I think.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 06:04 am
I have this map here which i carry 'round in my head . . . hmmmm . . . lemme see . . . yup, you can get from Oslo to Rouen without using no darned Kiel Canal . . . in fact, that would take you out of your way.
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McTag
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 06:33 am
Er, I meant anticlockwise of course. Embarrassed

Luckily, I'm not in charge of navigation for the voyage.

Smile
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 5 Jun, 2008 06:42 am
You don't need to sail around no British Isles, neither . . . although, on a slow boat, it could be entertaining . . . clockwise or counter-clockwise . . .
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 9 Jun, 2008 02:21 am
Saw this in Saturday's (Regina) Leader-Post, but it's online @ reuters as well:

Quote:
A day in the life of America's last lighthouse keeper
Mon May 26, 2008

By Scott Malone

LITTLE BREWSTER ISLAND, Boston Harbor (Reuters Life!) - The sole remaining lighthouse keeper in the United States may be the last one but she isn't about to disappear.

Sally Snowman, 56, is part historian, part tour guide and part maintenance worker who tends Boston Light, a beacon that rises 89 feet (27 meter) on its own island and had guided sailors for almost three centuries.

Her charge, and specifically the 12-sided rotating lens that casts its beam 27 nautical miles out to sea, fills her with a great sense of security.

"When you're out at night on the island, you can actually see the 12 rays," said the ex-schoolteacher. "It actually looks like the rays are going out to the curvature of the earth and it feels so protected, like nothing's going to harm me. It's awesome."

The U.S. Coast Guard has automated the other 278 federally run lighthouses, finding this a more cost-effective way to manage navigational aids that have become less critical since the advent of global positioning systems that harness satellite technology.

But Boston Light, which in 1716 became the first lighthouse in the former British colonies, keeps its keeper thanks to Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy who two decades ago helped push through legislation requiring a full-time attendant.

Snowman got the job in 2003 when the Coast Guard decided it could be held by a civilian. Now she resides on the three-acre

island for up to a week at a time.

She makes sure the lighthouse, keeper's cottage and other buildings are maintained, the 1,000-watt light is lit, and the grounds are in shape for the 4,000 tourists who travel the nine nautical miles from Boston Harbor each year.

RADIATING HOPE AND SECURITY

Snowman dresses the part, wearing a bonnet and long dress to reflect how women dressed in 1783 when the Commonwealth of Massachusetts rebuilt the tower that was blown up by retreating British troops in 1776, as the Revolutionary War got underway.

Twice a day she walks the island's perimeter to inspect its buildings, making sure that the light is still drawing power from an undersea cable stretching from the mainland, and that the island's water and communications systems work properly.

In between, she oversees a crew of about 100 volunteers who help to take weather readings and fill the hundreds of tiny holes that pock the island, thanks to a population of muskrats.

Automation is not the only change facing lighthouses.

As navigators rely on other technologies to find their way, the U.S. government has begun selling or donating to historic preservation groups lights no longer necessary for navigation.

More than 300 lights have passed into private hands this way, according to Coast Guard officials.

But for recreational boaters and small fishing vessels, which represent a sizable chunk of Boston Harbor traffic, the lights still play a role.

"They help with approaches because they can be seen from a great distance away," said David Bryan, general manager of the Boston Sailing Club, which teaches sailing and navigation.

"If the idea is that now everyone is using GPS and you don't need light houses, I would say that redundant information is very important when navigating."

Beyond its role in navigation, Boston Light is also a tourist draw. Snowman has a theory as to why.

"For many, it has a sense of hope and spirituality, not religion, but spirituality," she said in an interview atop the tower, looking out over Boston Harbor. "They look at it and see it as a coming home and safety."

(Editing by Jason Szep)

Link to slide show
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McTag
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jun, 2008 02:58 am
Saw this story today: donation for Cutty Sark renovation.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/israeli-magnate-bails-out-cutty-sark-with-1633m-gift-853520.html

Nice one.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jun, 2008 03:44 am
McTag wrote:
Yo ho ho

At the end of the month, we're sailing from Oslo to Rouen.

nice one McT. Why?
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McTag
 
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Reply Wed 25 Jun, 2008 06:05 am
For the pleasure of sailing.

And the boat is tied up to the Oslo quay at the moment. Or is somewhere nearby.

It's a leg of the Tall Ships sailing programme, but this leg is not part of a race, more a cruise (maybe into a head wind, I hope not) and we will be able to enjoy some of the maritime festival in Honfleur & Rouen when we get there.
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McTag
 
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Reply Sat 9 Aug, 2008 02:44 am
I saw this article yesterday.
Coincidentally, there was an article about the building of this boat in a recent edition of the Yachting World.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4481132.ece

http://www.ybw.com/auto/newsdesk/20080708110205ymnews.html

Hope you like it. The subject interests me.
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Paaskynen
 
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Reply Sat 9 Aug, 2008 09:02 am
Remember this case?
BBC Ghost Ship disappearances declared accidental

It seems a rather complicated way of saying "We don't know what happened".
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2011 10:59 am
@hamburger,
Since we have been there last weekend: this is the statue of Klaus Störtebecker, standing close to the entrance of the International Maritime Museum

http://i42.tinypic.com/343t4rs.jpg
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 22 Nov, 2011 11:21 am
Recalled to life!

Cool, Walter, thanks for that.
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