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Sunday, September 12th, 2010
8:25 pm
Shipwrecks in the Adria (Mediteranian Sea)
I got a nautic map pf the northern Adria. I'm looking for positions of shipwrecks there. Known wrecks are shown on the map, but there are no names to gather additional information. There used to be a website www.shipwreckcentral.com, but it seems to be offline. I do know the position of the "Baron Gautsch" of course since you need a special permit to dive there.

Could anyone be of assistance, please?
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
6:30 am
Buying a used boat...
Hello guys!

Last week-end, I've been to the exhibition "Boot" in Düsseldorf, Germany and drooled over sailing and motorboats. So far, I de-crypted the economic part behind it, but the technical is still the question. Does anyone got some tips for me how to decide wether a boat is for the scrapyard or wether its maybe an old beauty?

Of course, I do know to check for hits against the ground...

First, I wanted to go for a sailing yacht, but those are over the point I can afford and people reacted very weired when I told them I still have to earn money for 5 years to do so. In the next hall, there were motorboats and I looked at a "Bayliner". A pretty boat and quite affordable due to the exchange rate between the Dollar and Euro. SRP was 43000 EUR, exhibition special 34000 EUR and if somebody puts 25000 on the table its O.K. as well.

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
3:01 pm
It may not happen often, but there are sometimes happy endings for old ships. Such is the case with the Rotterdam (V). I remember seeing her back in 1996 when I worked on QE2. She was such a beautiful ship but the comment that struck me from a crewmate was that she would be nothing more than razor blades in a year or so. But that wasn't to be as she went of to that farce of a line Premier. When they went tits up, I figured she was done for and the trip to Alang was inevitable.

Fast forward quite a few years, maybe 2005, and I saw her again, this time sitting in Gibraltar. The word was that she was going to be refit and converted into a hotel. You hear that story quite a bit with any old ship, so I didn't put much stock in it. But now their work is done and they are about to reopen her to the public. Have a look at Maritime Matters (running through Google Translate) and have a look at her. She looks wonderful.

Every now and then its nice to see these old girls getting the respect that they deserve.

Happy New Year all!

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
7:21 pm
Tails in the Desert
Went up to to the air park north of Marana, Arizona. This is where unused jets are parked for parts or storage. While security is tight to get on the base, I was able to find some farm roads to get these shots. Enjoy!

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, November 9th, 2009
9:13 am
German CD - SS America
Saw this at the used CD store. CD has art on the front and back of the SS America (American Star) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_America_(1940)
I thought it was interesting!!

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
10:10 am
I <3 sea planes!
As seen at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville - Orlando, FL

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
7:54 am
MV Discovery Sun
Whenever I am near Port Everglades, I always go see what is in port. This time it was the MV Discovery Sun. The only ship used for the Discovery cruise lines - more like a shuttle between Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas. Built in 1968 in Germany, it is still in service here.

Monday, September 7th, 2009
10:26 am
I figured this would be of interest here. I'm rather pleased how this came out :)

Belem by ~Moth-Wingthane on deviantART
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
12:13 pm
Queen Mary
I will be in LA later and plan on going by the Queen Mary again. I want to see if they re-painted the stacks the right colour like they said they would!
Monday, June 1st, 2009
11:22 am
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
8:22 am
Port Everglades
Went to Port Everglades yesterday and since 9/11 you can not go there without a ship ticket. However I did get to find a place to snap these pictures of the Crown Princess shipping out.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
11:46 am
Was informed today... less than a week before I am in Ft. Lauderdale... that the Regal Empress has shipped out for Freeport and will not come back to Florida. I am not sure if she is going to the breakers or not. It lists her for sale in Freeport, Bahamas. Looks like I missed her in Houston and in Florida :(

Current Mood: crushed
Friday, March 6th, 2009
8:18 am
Tucson Pinal Air Park
Each time I drive between Tucson and Phoenix, I see tails of jets sticking up against the mountains outside Marana where my parents live.

I drove out there the other day and found, unfortunately, they have high security. I had hoped to tour this area, but they do not do that. Evidently it is a big parking lot for unused jumbo jets. It looks very cool!!

Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, February 16th, 2009
2:16 pm
Small World!
Turns out the woman who works at the cruise lines used to live in New Jersey, just a few towns over. I said I had a history teacher with her name and she believes they are related.

Long story short, she is sending me a DVD on the Regal Empress! How cool is that?!?!

Current Mood: chipper
12:22 pm
Regal Empress Update
I wrote to the cruise line that oversees the Regal. This is what I got back:

Please contact me as we get closer to the date since the Regal maybe out
on Charter and not in Port Everglades

Kind regards,

Andrea LaSapio
Administrator Marine Operations
Imperial Majesty Cruise Line
4161 NW 5 Street
Suite 200
Plantation, Fl 33317

So... I may be able to get a tour if she is in port!

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
9:06 am
Port Everglades - Death of the Regal Empress
On my trip to Ft. Lauderdale in March, I was thinking of going to Port Everglades to see if I can get a few shots of the Regal Empress before it is scrapped next year. In 1953, it was the only liner built for the Greek Line and named the Olympia.


I have never been to Port Everglades and I hope it is somewhere I can park and walk about to take photos. Anyone ever been there?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
1:08 pm
HMS Victory
Was watching a show on the finding of this recently and I have to say it is quite something. Those cast bronze cannons are HUGE!
Now, since it is a British warship, I guess all the gold on board belongs to the UK. Is that correct? Or can the salvage people work out a deal with the government for a finders fee? I wonder how it will all work out.

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