Skip to comments.Anti-whaling superboat sinks after Japanese collision
Posted on 01/08/2010 4:01:06 AM PST by TexasCajun
SYDNEY (AFP) A high-tech protest boat sank without trace on Friday after a dangerous collision with a Japanese whaling ship, as Australia protested to Tokyo over its fleet's alleged tactics.
Peter Hammarstedt, first officer of the Sea Shepherd group's "Bob Barker" ship, said the celebrated "Ady Gil" was abandoned overnight after a tow line snapped en route to an Antarctic research base.
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AFP/HO/File This photo, taken on January 6 by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, shows the Sea Shepherd's
Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm. Who funds a “high-tech protest boat”?
“Sea Shepherd claims to have saved hundreds of whales by chasing the Japanese fleet over a six-year campaign backed by Hollywood A-listers including Sean Penn, Martin Sheen and Pierce Brosnan.”
Who funds it? The usual suspects.
A-List Hollywood types including some guy named Ady Gil who donated this boat.
...now that's bad!
If that’s the skipper, I’d hate to see the cabin boy.
Unsinkable? I work on boats and I suspect too much hubris in the design and not enough flotation pockets.
I have seen canoes cut in half that refuse to sink because of built in flotation such as being foam filled.
And this vessel was sent to one of the most dangerous parts on earth?
For whatever “save the whales” aspect this is surely stupidity clouding mens minds.
Maybe Greenpeace should have named their boat the PT-109, it seems another skipper drove his boat out in front of the Japs during WW2.
The Whalers continue to own the protesters. Their tactic of chartering flights to scout out the location protesters’ ships was brilliant. What was even more brilliant was to send out the Shonan Maru 2 as a decoy for the protesters the chase around the empty sea for a couple of weeks.
Never bring fiber glass to a steel fight.
Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it!
What complete moron builds a boat that looks like a whale and then uses it to annoy whalers?
Read the story, and your questions will be answered :)
Whatever merit there is for their anti-whaling effort, it is lost on their pirate mentality and absurd stupidity.
The question was rhetorical, after all. :)
I wouldn’t think a “super” boat would sink that fast.
Well I’ll play devils advocate here, if the whalersavers want firepower then why not form forces with Somali pirates?
All it takes is a little money, something Hollywood seems to have a lot to waste on.
More good news!
When did Rosie go completely gray?
It started out as the “Earthrace” an econut biodiesel yadda yadda racer. Once they got doen with it they donated to the morons at Sea Shephard. From the first Earthrace press release:
“BIODIESEL TO FUEL POWERBOAT WORLD RECORD CHALLENGE
March 1st , 2004
A group of talented designers, boatbuilders, and adventurers are planning an attempt on the world circumnavigation powerboat record. To be called the Earthrace. What makes this challenge remarkable is the boat will be fuelled by biodiesel, a fuel produced from renewable crops such as canola.
Circumnavigating the globe represents the pinnacle of powerboat challenges, and at 24,000 nautical miles, is also the world’s longest race. The current record was set by British boat “Cable & Wireless” in 1998, when the diesel-powered craft covered the 24,382 nautical miles in just under 75 days. The Earthrace crew is aiming to smash this record by completing the voyage in less than 65 days. It will mark the first time in history that an official UIM Powerboat record will be held by a vessel using renewable fuel.
The Earthrace team aims to make the Earthrace the highest-profile powerboat project in the world. It will represent leading edge technology in all facets, including engines, composites, hull design and motors.
Prior to racing, the Earthrace team will conduct a world port tour, visiting over 50 locations around the globe.
“The world’s current reliance on standard fossil fuels is unsustainable” says Earthrace CEO Pete Bethune. “It will take leadership, and vision from forward-looking companies and individuals to develop and promote cleaner, more sustainable alternatives.”
Anyone ever seen him with a chick? :)
I wonder which boat was more maneuverable - the smaller faster boat?
If you play chicken with a whaler, you're the fool to expect them to flinch.
Bob Barker paid for it.
I guess the “Price Was Right”....................
This “Superboat” was a turkey, and it was sold to the insurance company. And if the insurance company pays a dime for this, their underwriters are imbeciles.
From the first launch of the Ady Gil, it was obvious that its engine was poorly designed and built, it had insufficient ventilation, structural defects, and a tendency to run into other sea craft. When it tried to circumnavigate the globe, it had one misfortune after another, even ramming a Guatemalan fishing boat killing three fishermen.
It was originally paid for with $2.5M in contributions by “eco-suckers”, yet if it sank, and the insurance company paid for it, the money would go to the ships owner.
The final straw can be seen in the video. The whaling fleet security ship is quite large and slow. The Ady Gil is faster and more maneuverable. At sea this means that the faster and more maneuverable ship *always* yields, for the logical reason that the slower and less maneuverable ship can’t.
Ergo, they sold the Ady Gil to the insurance company. It is New Zealand flagged, so this likely means a Lloyd’s Register of Shipping inspection (different from Lloyd’s of London Insurance), prior to whatever insurance.
How they passed that inspection is anyone’s guess. But the insurance company will go over it with a fine tooth comb.
It is amusing to me to see all these attacks which are just like the attacks by liberals on conservatives. Granted, these people are easy to mock, but their cause is just. The evidence here clearly shows that the huge Japanese ship crashed into the STOPPED small craft risking death to its crew and causing broken ribs injury to one of them. Why are you people cheering for the thugs? You are clearly on the wrong side here. I’m sure I am not alone in my opinion, but others may be reluctant to incur the abuse I will get for defending these people. Article was a fair article.
If they prevent the slaughter of one whale, who is the loser? Let the professional fisherman fish for something else. Let the Japanese eat cake.
The final straw can be seen in the video. The whaling fleet security ship is quite large and slow. The Ady Gil is faster and more maneuverable. At sea this means that the faster and more maneuverable ship *always* yields, for the logical reason that the slower and less maneuverable ship cant.
Because that boat was manned by idiots. It would be the same as you jumping out in front of a semi and then lamenting that fact that you are now road kill. Rules of the sea apply and they apply for good reason.
Whales aren't special.
They're mammals. Like cows and pigs.
They are useful as food and for industrial purposes.
You drank too much eco-koolaide.
Go work on paul watson's "faucet", faucetman.
You put yourself in harms way, you take your chances.
“Steel meets composite plastic matrix. Steel wins.”
You got it.
At least PT-109 was carrying out a duly sworn duty, supported by U.S. (and international) law.
The exploits of these environmental wackos were shown on the tube recently........they got exactly what they deserved. Play with fire and you’re going to get burned.
I haven't see the video, but I'll a get this is what they were trying to do.
Read “State of Fear”.
Can you pls post a link to the video that makes this case.
Rich Hollywood high school drop outs - "actors" - more money than brains types... ( the Japanese have "no right to make laws" when liberals control freaks "know better" than anyone...)
Great news, thanks for posting. “Whale Wars” has been one of my favorite shows recently. It was very enjoyable watching the enviro-commies make all sorts of boasts about their capabilities and intentions, then watch them abjectly fail.
I laughed my butt off watching their horrified reaction to a whale harvetsing right before their very eyes. The South Park episode on the Sea Shepard’s failures was spot on, ha ha ha.
I watched the video yesterday and it clearly shows these pirates attempting to ram the Japanese Ship. Bob Barker was just on Fox News admitting to financing these pirates. Why hasn’t he been arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Piracy on the High Seas?? Japan should put everyone involved on trial for PIRACY.
They failed miserably. I never heard of it until this thread.
I guess the “superboat” wasn’t so “super” after all.