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FRIDAY REPORT MAY 27, 2011

Well NAUTICAL LOG has some thoughts with May ending, wedding anniversary #42 on May 31, and living in South Florida the hurricane season starting.  Already getting weather reports from the National Hurricane Center they are advisories about North Atlantic Tropical Zone formations.  This weekend will see the checking of the 'Emergency Equipment Box', making sure our accordion hurricane shutters are running freely, getting the porch windows and screen door panels down from the storage shelves handy in the garage.  This is an annual requirement and becomes a routine each season from June to November.


We had our piracy piece already earlier this week so can give that a rest after all its mostly talk and paper anyway. 


We were looking at various ship photos recently and the contrasts between the older and newer vessels are quite striking.  That got NAUTICAL LOG thinking are designs and paint schemes done for a purpose or as a marketing and sales tool.  Somehow the older designs, such as down the side of the Blog, had a sense of purpose and one could look and know the trade they were engaged in, what country and company they belonged too.  That all seems to be past now except for a few company's that have a design theme and a naming system, Maersk Line comes to mind immediately.  Some photos and captions:



Nice old timer

catamaran; not sure about them in heavy beam seas and they pitch a lot
workboat ugly and is it really practical in heavy weather?
really old timer
gaudy paintwork; is it really necessary
nice height Bridge for sea watch-keeping

very low Bridge for sea watch-keeping

very high Bridge for sea watch-keeping
another low Bridge for sea watch-keeping

a bit ugly but practical working vessel

Oh nearly forgot, there is a good video on 'YouTube' (see our link) about the claim of 225,000 tonnes (actually closer to 100,000 tonnes) for the MS Oasis of the Seas and MS Allure of the Seas it if course quite false as seafarers know.  The video explains maritime tonnages as to Weight, Displacement, Gross tonnage well worth watching a learning experience for non-seafarers and marketing persons!!


So there it is TGIF here in the United States we have a three day weekend with Memorial Day on Monday  from now to Labor Day is considered the summer season.


Good Watch.

Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - let us work with maritime interests and others to free them.  Other maritime Blogs please copy this message and help SOS Save Our Seafarers.

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