Skip to comments.Tall ship grounded off Vineyard is refloated
Posted on 08/05/2009 2:14:55 PM PDT by AKSurprise
"The tall ship Unicorn, which grounded on rocks Wednesday morning about 400 yards off Nonamesset Island in the Elizabeth Islands chain, just off Martha's Vineyard, has been freed, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Coast Guard said the ship was refloated with the assistance of the commercial tug Jaguar."
"The cause of the incident is not yet known. The Unicorn claims to be the only all-female-crewed tall ship in the world.
According to the Unicorn's Web site, the ship was operating under a program called Sisters Under Sail, with plans to sail the East Coast from Baltimore to Nova Scotia from June to August.
The Coast Guard said that besides the crew members, there were nine minors and one chaperone aboard.
The Unicorn Web site said that the ship's passengers from voyage to voyage include executive women, teenage girls or executive teams. Passengers are expected to learn how to handle the ship."
(Excerpt) Read more at newsblog.projo.com ...
Women just can’t park cars.
“The cause of the incident is not yet known. The Unicorn claims to be the only all-female-crewed tall ship in the world. “
INSERT PMS JOKE HERE . . .
Never heard of parallel parking a tall ship.
The sea can be a cruel, cruel bitch, especially on a lee shore.
The ark started moving, it drifted with the tide
The unicorns looked up from the rocks and they cried
And the waters came down and sort of floated them away
That’s why you never see unicorns to this very day
You’ll see green alligators and long-necked geese
Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees
Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born
You’re never gonna see no unicorns
They should have waited until Obama arrived as he can command the tides.
Helmslady talking on a cellphone.
Those hold a hellovalot of oil, you know.
“Passengers are expected to learn how to handle the ship.”
Yeah, well, they’re expected to learn.
And if they don’t learn very well, the Mommy teachers give them get gold stars and A grades anyway, lest their self-esteem be damaged?
It may work in elementary school but in the real world, it helps to be sure that those expected to learn actually do learn. And that they actually pass the exam before being promoted.
Reminds me of a Mad TV skit: “Crimson Tide II”
I looked this one up —
It is a real, honest to goodness “A” Class Tall Ship.
International Sail Training Association classifies its A Class as “all square-rigged vessels and all other vessels over 40 metres (131 ft) length overall (LOA)”. By LOA they mean length excluding bowsprit and aft spar.
A Brig, a handy vessel. The crew likely had trouble tacking or got themselves ‘stuck in irons’ and backed down on the rocks. No fun.
(In nautical terms, a brig is a vessel with two square-rigged masts. During the Age of Sail, brigs were seen as fast and maneuverable and were used as both naval war ships and merchant ships. They were especially popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Brigs fell out of use with the arrival of the steam ship because they required a relatively large crew for their small size and were difficult to sail into the wind. They are not to be confused with a brigantine which has different rigging.)
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