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30th Jan 2014, 08:52
Demolition, that's the way to do it!!


and this one from on board


30th Jan 2014, 09:12
So Capt Schettino got another job after all?

30th Jan 2014, 10:57
As with aircraft scrap yards, the thought of these machines being eviscerated and chopped up leaves me with a sense of melancholy, even though they are just metal and glass etc :sad: Perhaps it's because they have so much history flitting here and there on the high seas. The captain certainly did a fantastic job at parking the beast at least. Some years back I worked in a house from the mid 1750's and all the beams and timbering in the property were from a ship that the owner had captained across the 7 seas for decades and when he retired the company gave him the ship for his personal use in this fashion (one assumes that the ship was at the end of it's useful working life). Just looking at the timbers in that (very) nice house was to wonder at all that they had gone through hundred of years before.


tony draper
30th Jan 2014, 11:02
They've stripped her frills an furnishin's they've bared 'er stem to stern,
They've gutted 'er from mizzen-truck to hold,
An' she's learned 'er final lesson, what the best o' sailors learn,
That the sea is finished wiv yer when yer old!
Yes, she's finished with the sea,
An' she'll never more be free,
To wander where the waves is rollin' green,
For the knackers they 'ave got 'er
An' they'll bloomin well job- lot 'er,
An they'll never give a thought for what she's been.
They didn't 'old no service for to mark 'er dyin' day,
But 'er sisters 'ooted mournful as she passed.
An' a brace o' dirty tug boats came an 'ustled 'er away,
Wiv 'er colours 'angin' sadly at the mast.
An' they'll never give a rap
As they cut 'er into scrap,
For the glory an' the pride she used to be,
An 'er owners will forget 'er
An they'll take an' build a better,
But there'll never be a better ship for me.
Yet I 'avent't seen the last of 'er, for ships is more than steel,
An' sailor men see more than other folk,
So I know some day I'll sight 'er wiv the pilot at 'er wheel,
An 'er ghostly funnel trailin ghostly smoke.
I'll be ready for I'll know
That it's time for me to go,
An I'll smile to 'ear the shout of "come aboard!"
An' there's not a man will fail 'er
As we muster there to sail 'er
Straight to Heaven for the glory of the Lord!

30th Jan 2014, 15:31
Postive proof of my old adage of; if going fast enough, any object will fit, no matter how inadequate the opening.

Usually this is demonstrated by ramp personnel successfully fitting an aircraft with a 50 foot wingspan into a hangar with a 45 foot opening. :p

30th Jan 2014, 15:43
Stretched into Balmoral!

LiveLeak.com - Cruise Ship Cut in Half, Then Stretched 99 Feet (Time Lapse)

30th Jan 2014, 15:54
In the 1980s I lived close to the Odense Steel Shipyard in Denmark.

They cut and stretched several ships (well at least one that I remember seeing) as well as building some of the Maersk super ships.

Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd (http://marexpo.balport.com/Consortium/Odense/odense_steel_shipyard_ltd.htm)

Lon More
30th Jan 2014, 15:58
ex P and O Pride of Calais it seems.
I thought that was how they normally entered harbour

30th Jan 2014, 16:05
ex P and O Pride of Calais it seems.
I thought that was how they normally entered harbour

Nah that was Townsend Thoressen, who needs doors :ugh:

30th Jan 2014, 16:07
At a tangent, but related. Whatever became of those huuuge hovercraft that used to ply their trade between Dover and Calais some years ago ?


30th Jan 2014, 16:10
Thanks for the vid of the NCL Crown becoming the Balmoral. Two of the most exciting experiences of my life took place on the Crown. I hope they didn't wreck the character of the ship when they 'improved' her.

Lon More
30th Jan 2014, 16:13
Nah that was Townsend Thoressen, who needs doors

TT did that when leaving harbour

30th Jan 2014, 16:19
MS Pride of Calais was built in 1987 for Townsend Thoresen.

Pride of Calais was the first vessel to appear in the livery of the new company, P&O European Ferries (Dover) Limited, re-branded followed the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster.

. . . . . . .

30th Jan 2014, 16:20
At a tangent, but related. Whatever became of those huuuge hovercraft that used to ply their trade between Dover and Calais some years ago ?


I understand the hovercraft services stopped in the Autumn of 2000, mainly because rising fuel costs made them uncompetitive. A couple of them still exist in museums I think.

I crossed on them a few times and the experience even on the best weather days could always be described as 'lively'. When consuming soft drinks the kids always enjoyed the challenge of getting their mouths,the straw and the drinks container lined up to prevent spillage!

Preston Brockhurst
30th Jan 2014, 16:48

Hovercraft Museum Charity Website (http://www.hovercraft-museum.org/)