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Tall ship grounded off Vineyard is refloated
Providence Journal ^ | 08/05/09 | Thomas J. Morgan

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 ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Massachusetts; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: humor; maritime; marthasvineyard; tallship; uscg; womendrivers
Women drivers....roflmao, hahahahahaa!
1 posted on 08/05/2009 2:14:56 PM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise

Women just can’t park cars.


2 posted on 08/05/2009 2:18:06 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: AKSurprise

“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 . . .


3 posted on 08/05/2009 2:18:54 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: NurdlyPeon
Women just can’t park cars.

Never heard of parallel parking a tall ship.

4 posted on 08/05/2009 2:20:16 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: AKSurprise

The sea can be a cruel, cruel bitch, especially on a lee shore.


5 posted on 08/05/2009 2:23:46 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: AKSurprise
Not uncommon. A lot of unicorns have been grounding lately.


6 posted on 08/05/2009 2:32:28 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: AKSurprise

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


7 posted on 08/05/2009 2:38:38 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: AKSurprise

They should have waited until Obama arrived as he can command the tides.


8 posted on 08/05/2009 2:41:20 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: AKSurprise

Helmslady talking on a cellphone.


9 posted on 08/05/2009 2:42:23 PM PDT by Spirochete (Texas is an anagram for Taxes)
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To: AKSurprise
The Coast Guard said in a news release that there is no sign of any oil spill,..

Those hold a hellovalot of oil, you know.

10 posted on 08/05/2009 2:43:28 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
Has anyone checked the bilge?
11 posted on 08/05/2009 2:47:30 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: AKSurprise

“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.


12 posted on 08/05/2009 2:48:19 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: AKSurprise

13 posted on 08/05/2009 2:54:13 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Obama--POtuS.)
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To: AKSurprise

Reminds me of a Mad TV skit: “Crimson Tide II”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGqwh_0gUvY


14 posted on 08/05/2009 4:37:24 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: Rebelbase

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.)

Aaarrrrrggghhh.


15 posted on 08/05/2009 7:28:57 PM PDT by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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