Skip to comments.Space-age powerboat 'sliced in two' by Japan whalers
Posted on 01/06/2010 4:39:29 AM PST by myknowledge
SYDNEY — A space-age powerboat sent to harass Japanese whalers was rammed and sliced in two in its very first clash on Wednesday, activists said, dramatically escalating hostilities in icy Antarctic seas.
The futuristic Ady Gil trimaran, which holds the round-the-world record and was enlisted by militant activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for this whaling season, received "catastrophic damage" and was sinking, they said.
All six crew, who earlier hurled stink bombs at the whalers to disrupt their annual hunt, were rescued unharmed by Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker ship. Activists described the attack as unprovoked and said it was captured on film.
"The Shonan Maru No. 2 suddenly started up and deliberately rammed the Ady Gil ripping eight feet (2.4 metres) of the bow of the vessel completely off," a Sea Shepherd statement said.
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The Ady Gil is hit and starting to sink. The Japanese sailors should then feel free to massacre the Sea Shepherd ecoterrorist crew so then do not disrupt their whaling. /sarc
The damaged trimaran powerboat.
Saw this on the tube this morning. Was that some boat!
Lol...looks like something out of a cheap video game...
Wow, that is one cool looking boat......I mean, it was.
How fast can it be if it was run over by a fishing boat?
ROTFLMAO! I hope it sinks.
Reminds us of the Batboat.
Those Japanese whalers take their whaling seriously - to the point of insanity.
For the record, I think whaling should have stayed in the 19th Century.
The Ady Gil’s hull is made of Kevlar and carbon fiber. The Shonan Maru did not need to go fast to ram it.
I guess the whaling boat have to be fast if they want to catch whales.
Terrorists going Hi Tech.
Skull and cross bones= pirate ship
Tell Elaine Benes I still love her!
I guess the old adage is still tru: Never bring a kife to a gun fight...
...even a really cool, sleek, futuristic-looking, carbon-fiber handled knife.
From, space age to stone age - just add Japanese.
F*** you, dolphin & whale!! (southpark reference)
Don't crash your cool little toys into the big boys' serious equipment. They're trying to work and be productive.
Oh, by they way: FAIL.
Thank you very much.
“Those Japanese whalers take their whaling seriously - to the point of insanity.”
What about the insanity of Greenpeace whackos that illegally board, disable and attack ships that are legally operating. The greens are little better than pirates and should be arrested and their ship impounded.
Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up..........!
The faster ship should be at fault. They’re the one that faster and more manuverable.
Remember the incident in which a chinese fighter jet ram into an US Reconnaissance Plane?
Oh well. As the old adage goes: Kakkate koi! (Bring it on!) or 来るなら来い, 此の野郎！
How can a run down a
This reminds me of an incident betwen Lisa and Bart Simpson. Bart is going to swing his arms around and if it hits anything, its Lisa’s fault. Lisa is going to kick her feet in the air and if it hits anything its Bart’s fault
Only a complete idiot in a small boat could ever get hit by a whaling ship.
That’s gonna put their operations budget back a tad. LOL!
Link good for a few more hours. Hit the white triangle.
They gave the eco freeks a good blast of the fire hose for good measure after the butt kicking. Lol. Must see TV.
I have watched the green"war" (I won't call them peaceful- they are not) show and I think the Japanese have shown remarkable restraint. The greenwar harassers ought to be ashamed of themselves: they waste how many millions, endanger the lives of the Japanese whalers and themselves, and I doubt they even save a whale. They are attention whores who are too cowardly to do something actually useful.
Was the captain of the Ady a Kennedy?
Everything seemed to revolve around putting themselves or their ships in danger to force the whaling crew to change their actions and it ended up being a game of chicken.
Some of it was actually hilarious. They would turn into the path of the whaler and then proclaim "Look out, they're going to ram us!!!", but not without first making sure they had their camera crews filming the 'ramming' by the whaler.
While they have more exposure through the series, I'm not sure that the video documentation of their tactics helps them out on the PR front.
sucks to be greenpeace.
You cannot see the real small letters on the side of that Japanese ship, but it says "...being conducted on the finer points of sending stink-bomb hurling ecoterrorist freaks into the deep, deep drink of Davy Jones' Locker."
The whale killers ship veered on purpose to hit the smaller boat. I call it attempted human murder by known whale murderers. Just falling into the ice cold water can be a death sentence.
There is no need to hunt whales today. The phony research loophole should be closed.
I'm sure this will be on the TV show Whale Wars....which I admit to watching from time to time to see if the whalers give the Sea Shephard a well deserved beat-down.
Being out on the ocean is no time for recklessness, and the Sea Shephard aren't any better then oceanic thugs.
Awesome. This just made my day.
A boat capable of making 50 kts couldn't get out of the way of a whaling vessel with a top speed of ~20kts.
I just watched the youtube video. I think its the Green’s who’s crying crocodile tears here. Whats their mission by being there? You think its to tail thw Whaling boats from a distance? No, their mission is there to disrupt and from the youtube video it looks like their steer towards the Whaling boat and crashed into it head first. It wasn’t split in half. It was just the nose that was badly damaged
The Ecoterrorists are lying, they ran in front of the ship and bot hit. The whale populations are growing dramatically thanks to good Japanese management. How much oil they wasting?
Pray for America’s Freedom
From that video it appears that the pirate boat was underway and ran into the forward starboard quarter of the whaler.
Yes, these boats are part of the fleet on the TV show Whale Wars.
The other video gives a different perspective, though.
I watched the video this morning and it was obvious they wanted this to happen and did it on purpose. The video was taken from the Japanese ship, it was clear they put the bow of their boat directly in front of the whaling ship.
Their first claim was their engine died and the Japanese ship ran them down, but the instant the boat was hit they threw it in reverse and backed up. I hate to say it but I could care less if the crew pulled through or not.
Activists described the attack as unprovoked and said it was captured on film.
Lesson One in Cognitive Dissonance: This is the feeling of uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two completely opposing thoughts in the mind at the same time.
Video from the Shonan Maru No. 2
I looked at the other video. It does favor the Greens a bit, but not by much. The Whaling boat was chopping thru the waters while the speed boat was drifting in front of it and got rammed. You can’t expect a Whaling boat of that size to manuvuer away while the the waves were pushing them around. The speed boat should not have parked themselves in front