Skip to main content

IT WASN'T ME

UPDATE: February 26, 2010

The SS-PG are now in full retreat having lost out in tactics with the Japanese Whaling Fleet. In spite of boldly stating just earlier this week that they had fuel to remain with the fleet until the end of the season.

The MS Steve Irwin is already bound for Hobart Tasmania and 'Wats-his-name' announces today that the no Flag State vessel MS Bob Barker also has fuel problems and is joining them bound for Hobart. This year has been an unmitigated disaster for the Sea Shepherd Pirate Group with an unaccomplished mission, as the Japanese are now free to hunt at will, useless tactics, a prisoner taken and bound for the Japanese Maritime Court. However as yet both the SS-PG vessels are not safe in their Australian Sanctuary so the drama may not be over.


UPDATE: February 25, 2010

Received six (6) fascinating and long comments this morning, all clearly from Sea Shepherd supporters, tracked from an address in Hayward California but it had bounced around so who knows or cares really. Unfortunately they did not have the courage to sign their opinions so we could not publish them. Pity really because they raised some excellent points to debate even if their history and logic is a little confused. Please try again with your signature - do not be afraid. If you read the header it explains the NAUTICAL LOG policy regarding comment publication. So greetings from "The Old Fool" the Old is true, the Fool debatable and have a great day !!

The SS-PG Press Release this morning states that the MS Steve Irwin is planning to refuel in Hobart Tasmania and then prepare to go to the Mediterranean to prevent further Bluefin tuna fishing by European and North African fisherman. Now THAT will really be something to watch. Of course first of all they have to get there and probably not by the Suez Canal. Should be an interesting voyage if and when it ever occurs.


It is getting really hard to follow the SS-PG Press Releases that come into NAUTICAL LOG each time they are published. The latest is today, a classic but lets begin at the beginning. From yesterday February 23, 2010 a quote from the confused 'Wats-his-name' rant stated "African poachers are jailed or shot. Japanese poachers do whatever they like". They pretty much do indeed and so do the Sea Shepherd Pirate Group thanks to the wimpy maritime authorities with the laudable exception of the West African nation of Togo.

Apparently as a result of remarks attributed to a Mr. Ady Gil the impression has gone out that SS-PG have firearms. Well 'Wats-his-name' did mention shooting poachers in yesterdays Press Release so he has only himself to blame. That of course is never his style, he is the romantic sea pirate 'robin hood' type, its the other fellow that causes all the troubles. Also there are the lethal hunting arrows found floating after the ramming and sinking of the DFC Ady Gil. Now Mr. Ady Gil is a Hollywood type who seems to largely live in a left-wing world or one that is of his own making. He is the one who put up the money for the purchase of the strange craft that lost the ramming match with the MS "Shonan Maru #2". As a result of further (stupidity) - inappropriate behaviour - her operator a Mr. Peter Bethune of New Zealand is detained aboard the winner and bound for Japanese Maritime Court. Now in spite of the generosity of Mr. Ady Gil 'Wats-his-name' as turned against him and blames the gentleman for all this shooting talk - it wasn't me. Once again an example of he 'Wats-his-name' being unable to keep his house in order. One wonders what will happen with Mr. Bob Barker of TV fame now that his named for ship MS Bob Barker is a stateless vessel loose on the worlds oceans.

In the main paragraph of this mornings SS-PG Press Release bumpf 'Wats-his-name' states, and we quote "but we have never and will never, injure a human being". Of course this is not entirely true as those who watched "Whale Wars" will recall several crewmembers of MS Steve Irwin getting severely hurt, smashed faces, concussions, crushed hands and one in grave danger of being paralysed from the waist down. While 'Wats-his-name' screamed and complained from the safety of the Bridge before storming off to his cabin. Then there are the Japanese crewmembers of the whaling fleet bombarded with acid and lately lasers which can cause eye damage and yes in return they have used sonic devices which are dangerous. How about all the incidents of ramming between these vessels over the years which certainly must have caused injuries. So do not tell the world that you have never injured a human being.

Good Watch.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

PERIGEAN SPRING TIDES

It sometimes happens that one is going to write a Post on a subject when lo and behold there is already an excellent one.  Such is the case today; so rather than repeat everything let me refer you to the source of that Post

At present we are experiencing Perigean Spring Tides which occur when the Moon is at perigee on its oval path that is the closest point to Earth.  One of the principal results are higher than usual Spring Tides as against the Neap Tides.

Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.

Good Watch.

FAKE NEWS

In recent years there has been a steady decline in the professionalism, accuracy and quality of the various Media outlets and the social media.  In the rush to get there first with a story the shoddy Media - lets call it the really shoddy social media - have resorted to making up stories.  When growing up in the late 30's and 40's this was called lying and got one punished in our house.

Fake news includes inaccurate and unsupported stories all of which in the last year have been published without correction or apology.  Now it seems this attitude has spread to the maritime blogs.  One blog which was generally pretty good about its posts has slipped in accuracy lately including quoting from European tabloids.  A recent post was about H.M.S. Vengeance and its missile launches off the coast of Florida part of its programme to Certify boat and crew  The story was an ill advised, inaccurate choice in subject matter as to what happened and how the incident was reported to a Foreign N…

SS EL FARO VDR TRANSCRIPT

NAUTICAL LOG has published Posts about this tragic ship sinking since the very first report of her loss.  Today the NTSB has released her VDR data in particular the Navigation Bridge voice recorder - it is not good.  This Post is compiled from multiple Media sources.

On October 01, 2015 the SS El Faro a freighter sank with all hands, 33 crewmembers lost their lives and no bodies were ever recovered though one was sighted by the USCG in a survival suit but not picked-up.  By an extraordinary search, resumed at the insistence of a U.S. Senator from the State of Florida, the VDR was found  and now after months of investigation some results have been released. 

The ship left Jacksonville, Fl. bound for San Juan, PR and sailed directly into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane named Joaquin.  Why the ship was where it was in the first place is a question yet to be fully answered but it seems that the Master was more focused on fuel consumption than plotting the path of the hurricane Joaquin an…