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TWO VOYAGES, MILES APART


News came to NAUTICAL LOG today about two voyages many miles apart in distance, purpose and attitude. The first is one with an honourable purpose to raise money to fight several serious illnesses by recreating the voyage made 221 years ago by Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty in one the ships boats. He and some crewmembers who refused to join the mutineers, whose descendants now live on Pitcairn Island, sailed from Tonga to Kupang, Timor a distance of 3700 nautical miles. Rather than discuss it here may we suggest a visit to OLD SALT BLOG which gives the full story and has a video of the open whaler with four crew making the voyage, they were due to depart yesterday.

The other voyage is due to commence from New York on May 1, 2010 bound for the Mediterranean. As you may have guessed already it is MS Steve Irwin which apparently has arrived in the New York/New Jersey area. One might ask how does this pirate vessel travel around the world without getting detained - well she does. In fairness one has to admire the navigation and seamanship which her crew have displayed to accomplish this voyage from Tasmania via Panama Canal to New York. The SSCS Press Release states that 'Operation Blue Rage' will commence Sea Shepherd's 2010 Tuna Defence Campaign. SSCS further states that they will "actively enforce conservation laws by opposing the poaching currently threatening the species". While the policy is honourable their strategy is suspect when one considers the past behaviour of the SS-PG and no doubt the possibility of violent actions by the MS Steve Irwin are all too possible.

The bluefin tuna fishing season starts in mid-May and runs through August so by sailing from New York May 1, 2010 she should arrive at the start of the season. There is a new website for this latest SSCS venture Operation Blue Rage. There was no word in the Press Release regarding 'Wats-his-name' being on board the MS Steve Irwin for this passage to the Mediterranean.

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