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Bunkerbarge

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Excitement comes as standard!!!!!!
« on: January 28, 2009, 09:33:36 PM »

A friend sent me these today, who say's cruise ships are boring!!!
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Re: Excitement comes as standard!!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 09:39:21 PM »

Great shots, BB,  :-)) especially the bottom one. I'll bet all the "guests" (they're not called "passengers" these days) were grabbing for hand rails.  :}

Peter.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 09:56:31 PM »

where were they taken?  That bottom shot is brilliant.  ive never seen a shot like that so close to land (my ignorance?)

If i was on that boat i would running for the toilet and being sick!!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 10:04:22 PM »

Roll up,Roll up a trip to the huey,huey,sunny med for,excuse me argh,1500,see the dolphins,wheres the bucket,
Thats my seasick bag,mrs smith,i am cabin crew take priority  :}
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009, 10:13:45 PM »

And you can see the movie here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa_kVa5eOqU

Fred Olsen's Balmoral -the one they keep advertising in the Sunday papers...
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 10:26:41 PM »

ahhh, What goes down.................must come up, as they say?? {-) {-) {-) {-)
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009, 11:26:30 PM »

I believe she was in the Bay of Biscay but I can't tell you exactly where.

It's almost like being on a proper ship, I love the last one, it must have been like hitting a brick wall!!!  Then the bow lifts up, the props dig in again, and you lurch forward into the next one. 

Fond memories of the North Atlantic in Winter on box boats.  Good character building stuff.
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2009, 08:40:19 AM »

If you can imagine it on a much smaller scale, I had a similar experience on a SRN 5 hovercraft in the Atlantic, about 20 miles off the Isle of Wight.   Pete M
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009, 10:05:24 AM »

I thought the Isle of Wight was in the English Channel  !!!!   :}
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009, 10:18:58 AM »

I thought the Isle of Wight was in the English Channel  !!!!   :}
All those years and now they tell you >>:-(
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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2009, 05:51:53 PM »

Capt Jack, not being a real seafaring person, where does the English Channel finish and the Atlantic begin?   Pete M
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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009, 05:54:45 PM »

I seem to recall that the Atlantic starts west of a line between Ushant and Scilly - but I could be wrong....
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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2009, 09:04:10 PM »

Well its nice to see she can handle rough weather - hope they have cleaned everywhere up afterwards - I 'm on her for a month from the 14th Feb.    :o :o

Don B.
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2009, 09:25:58 PM »

Don
People pay 5 for 2 minutes of that at Alton Towers - and you can afford a whole month ....... ?   :o :o {-)
Start practicing your sea shanties - "Hi Ho and Uuuupppp She Rises"   {-)
Have fun

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2009, 09:40:02 PM »

where were they taken?  That bottom shot is brilliant.  ive never seen a shot like that so close to land (my ignorance?)

If i was on that boat i would running for the toilet and being sick!!!

Fotos were  of Fred Olsen's 'Balmoral' on its departure from La Corunna (Bay of Biscay), Spain.

Believe it or not, conditions deteriorated even further whilst running for Ushant and the English Channel, reaching Force 10 - 11 at its wors with wave heights of 40 - 50 feet.

Now for the Belly Laugh: the cruise was billed as 'Sun and Souks' though a more appropriate title should have been 'A Magical Mystery Tour'; we saw neither of the former and had no idea of were we were likely to end up in respect of the latter - it should have been Tangier but we had to put up with Antwerp as a consolation prize.

The Master deserved a medal for his superb seamanship in minimising discomfort to his passengers throughout a prolonged and very uncomfortable 4 - 5 days , whilst the crew and entertainers , including Jim (Bullseye) Bowen, worked wonders and were able to maintain full service throughout, allbeit at the expense of mucho crockery and glassware.

All's well that ends well and we're now safely back on Terra Firma. The trip was a unique holiday experience though not one I'd like to repeat (too soon) %%.

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