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Cruise Ship Adrift Off Seychelles
Voice of America ^ | Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:55 am

Posted on 02/27/2012 9:52:41 AM PST by FoxPro

An Italian cruise ship with about 1,000 people on board is reported to be adrift off the coast of Seychelles.

The Italian coast guard said Monday the Costa Allegra is drifting in the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the Seychelles islands.

Officials say a fire on board caused the ship's engines to fail. There have been no reports of injuries.

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KEYWORDS: costaallegra; cruise; cruiselines; indianocean; maritime; prematureevacuation
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To: nascarnation

It could have just been the ship, who knows. I’m not saying Carnival is the “best”, it’s just an option.

Personally, I find the food on any cruise ship to be better than anything I cook for dinner. It seems that any cruise my family takes results in a diet after returning home, even with the workouts we schedule in the gyms.

Of the three lines, our personal preference simply on food is........princess and carnival tied rccl second.

But, let’s hope the Costa ship gets underway again and everything is fine.


51 posted on 02/27/2012 11:21:52 AM PST by swpa_mom
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To: FoxPro

Air conditioning and ventilation would be down. You could always go out on the deck in the sun.


52 posted on 02/27/2012 11:23:15 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Strategerist

re: Pirates attacking.. they have ‘toys’ onboard the ships..

Set Sonic Weapons to Stune ..
Prepare to Discharge..
zzzzzz.. zzzutt ..

I think they should let passengers shoot superballs with small charges at the pirates.. Heck, they used to let ya shoot clay pigeons and golf balls not so long ago.. well, not at pirates but ..

Regardless,, cruising is an acquired taste,, nothing like calm seas and a gentle breeze, a steady hand at the helm.. a sunset to die for.. but don’t lean out to far on the railing.. ya never know.


53 posted on 02/27/2012 11:25:13 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: FoxPro
Ship is North of Madagascar. Four short guys in tuxedos are listed as persons of interest in the fire.

54 posted on 02/27/2012 11:26:10 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: oneolcop

Fortunately, I guess, I have never been inclined to want to go on cruise. The last time one of my daughters and her husband went on one, nearly the entire passenger list was down with a bug during the entire Cruise!


55 posted on 02/27/2012 11:30:18 AM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: MeganC
Yes, Carnival is definitely more of a party atmosphere. I'd rather enjoy my cruise than put up with the obnoxiousness of the party all night crowd. Alaska is on my bucket list!
56 posted on 02/27/2012 11:43:22 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: NormsRevenge

There was a really funny e-mail going around advertising a cruise specifically to shoot pirates a couple years ago...it’s probably on the web somewhere.


57 posted on 02/27/2012 11:49:16 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: treetopsandroofs
"Aye, matey, as long as the Head remains open, too."

It's a boat. The head is always open...

;-)

58 posted on 02/27/2012 11:51:18 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: FoxPro

Adrift? Surely they carry at least one anchor.


59 posted on 02/27/2012 11:51:38 AM PST by fire and forget
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To: oneolcop; Paperdoll; In Maryland

Muslim terrorists infiltrated and hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, killing Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer.


60 posted on 02/27/2012 11:53:21 AM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: RetiredArmy

I saw that as well. The coast guard commander ripped the captain a new one over the radio. How he failed to feel
the appropriate amounts of shame is beyond me..


61 posted on 02/27/2012 11:53:36 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: fire and forget
Adrift? Surely they carry at least one anchor.

Nobody carries an anchor with enough chain to anchor in the open ocean.

62 posted on 02/27/2012 11:53:42 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Twotone

I’ve been on 7 cruises in 7 years, 5 of them have been Norwegian. The first two were on Royal Caribbean, but after one sailing on NCL I knew I’d never cruise anyone else. We’ve never had a bad cruise with them. I’m always planning my next one!

On topic, Costa is having a run of really bad luck. Glad I’m not on the ship.


63 posted on 02/27/2012 12:00:25 PM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: melissa_in_ga
On topic, Costa is having a run of really bad luck. Glad I’m not on the ship.

It is all part of the Titanic's 100th anniversary celebration.
64 posted on 02/27/2012 12:05:06 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: dfwgator

I see what you mean....

LOL


65 posted on 02/27/2012 12:07:45 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Hatteras

OK for #2, but those tiny cabin wastebaskets fill fast....


66 posted on 02/27/2012 12:13:32 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Vendome

67 posted on 02/27/2012 12:23:46 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: treetopsandroofs
OK for #2, but those tiny cabin wastebaskets fill fast

Costa Ships have no latrines. Ya just pull down your britches. Then hang your tail Over the rail. And poop right on the fishes.
68 posted on 02/27/2012 12:27:39 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: melissa_in_ga

I’ve been amazed at how many people become regular cruisers. We spoke to one couple who had been on 90 cruises, and another was on their 27th. It is a fun way to travel. I’m contemplating a cruise around the Greek Islands in a year or two, assuming the rioters leave something standing & our own economy hasn’t collapsed.


69 posted on 02/27/2012 12:28:29 PM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: FoxPro
The vessel is operated by the same company that operated that Costa Concordia, which capsized last month after hitting rocks off the coast of Italy.

Note to self don't book a cruise on a Coasta ship.

70 posted on 02/27/2012 12:32:58 PM PST by matt04
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To: Twotone

What’s not to love? Unpack once, be pampered in spas, sit by pools, tour different countries, walk beaches, play blackjack in casinos, see shows every night and eat great food - assuming you avoid the buffets.

I’ve been on the Sun (twice), the Dawn (twice) and the Pearl. I’ve never felt overcrowded or rushed on any of them. Our next will be the Epic.

The Greek islands are on our bucket list. Hope it’s still there in the next few years.


71 posted on 02/27/2012 12:44:38 PM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: melissa_in_ga
Questions:

How are these ships flagged.

Is the crew European?

Many commercial vessels are flagged in some country of convenience and go out of their way to recruit low-paid illegal immigrants who cannot (a) understand the officers (b) have no idea what they are doing technically, except to use a cell phone to call Ma in Guatemala.

This is a result of screwy euro-taxation. Fire in the engine spaces? Hmm?

72 posted on 02/27/2012 12:46:16 PM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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To: FoxPro

My week on the Navigator of the Seas 10 years ago was the maybe the funnest week of my life.

Of course meeting a Fox weather girl the first night and hanging with her and her 2 friends all week helped a bit....


73 posted on 02/27/2012 12:51:50 PM PST by mowowie
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To: JoeProBono

Doh!


74 posted on 02/27/2012 12:54:47 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I believe NCL is Bahamian-flagged. All cruise ships, with the exception noted in the next paragraph, are multi-cultural, but I’ve never noticed a language barrier with those that interact with the passengers. Certainly the cooks and below-deck workers would be less multi-lingual. Costa has a particular problem in that most of the passengers are European, and as such don’t “queue-up” well, or follow instructions like us sheeple. This can be a disadvantage in times of emergency.

A very pointed exception is NCL’s Pride of America. This ship is, I believe, US-flagged. Because it only hops the Hawaiian islands, they are required to employ only US citizens. As a rule, the ship employees are rude, unhelpful and unwilling to go an extra mile to get a larger tip. I’ve heard horrible reviews about this ship, and I’d never sail on it.


75 posted on 02/27/2012 12:54:51 PM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: FoxPro
Anybody here cruise on the Oasis or the Allure of the Seas yet?

Those two ships look absolutely amazing.

76 posted on 02/27/2012 12:55:46 PM PST by mowowie
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To: melissa_in_ga
What’s not to love? Unpack once, be pampered in spas, sit by pools, tour different countries, walk beaches, play blackjack in casinos, see shows every night and eat great food - assuming you avoid the buffets.

Most of mine have been on Royal Caribbean. Lately we have alternated between a national park in even numbed years and a cruise in odd numbered years.
Monarch of the Seas
Adventure of the Seas
Liberty of the Seas - Twice
Allure of the Seas
and have a family reunion booked on Oasis of the Seas in 2013.

I also did one trip on MS Carnival Glory between the two runs on the Liberty of the Seas. But wasn't impressed. It wasn't the big things, the food, shows tours all of that was great. It was just little stuff. Light bulbs around the ship and on my balcony were out and not replaced during the week. A waiter spilled gravy on my wife on formal night and they wouldn't pop for dry cleaning her dress. Food got spilled on the pool deck and it sat there all day. It was as if they were out short handed. I always wondered what else wasn't getting fixed that we couldn't see.
77 posted on 02/27/2012 1:03:22 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

We had the same issue with RCL Sovereign of the Seas. It was our first and second cruise. The first cruise we were in awe of everything...the second time we noticed the broken clocks poolside that were never fixed, broken fixtures and out of order signs on bathrooms...little things. The Sovereign went through an overhaul after that, then was retired. She was probably a grand old lady in her time, but the newer, bigger ships took precedence.

Mr. melissa_in_ga wants to take a road-trip to the West next year. I’ll miss him while I’m on my cruise!


78 posted on 02/27/2012 1:08:52 PM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: FoxPro
Update per gCaptain

The following is the statement from Costa Cruises:

Costa Cruises has been informed that today at 10:39, Italian time, a fire developed on board Costa Allegra in the engine room, the local electric generators located at the stern. Procedures and the system of fire board were promptly activated and the special brigades of the board have occurred, the fire was extinguished and did not extend to any other area of the ship.

There were no injuries or casualties. As a precaution on board was promptly given the general emergency alarm, all passengers and crew members, not involved in emergency management, they went to muster stations with the safety equipment required. Currently the ship is over 200 miles south-west of the Seychelles and about 20 miles from Alphonse Island, are ongoing checks on the state of the engine room to be able to restart the equipment necessary to reactivate the functionality of ship. As per procedures, were advised the competent authorities, including the Maritime Rescue Control Centre of Rome, who are following the developments of the situation to give the necessary support. The ship launched a distress signal.

The Company and the competent authorities are working to provide the ship with the necessary support in light of developments. On the site are oceangoing tugs and other support. On board are 636 passengers of various nationalities and 413 crew members. The ship, which departed Saturday, February 25 from Diego Suarez, was directed to the port of Victoria (Mahé, Seychelles ) where she was scheduled to arrive tomorrow, February 28.

Costa Allegra, built in 1992 by Mariotti shipyards in Genoa, is 28,597 tons, and 188 meters long. With a maximum capacity of 1400 people, has eight passenger decks and 399 cabins.


79 posted on 02/27/2012 1:10:08 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: mowowie
Anybody here cruise on the Oasis or the Allure of the Seas yet?

Went out on Allure of the Seas last June. The ships are amazing, there just isn't any other way to describe them. They quite literally become a destination in themselves. I personally preferred the Freedom Class as the view from the Viking crown is much better. In addition the schooner bar on the Oasis Class faces inwards onto the promenade rather than outwards towards the ocean. On vacations I like to read and watch the world go by, and due to the need to get under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge the Oasis Class can't carry the Viking Crown high enough to get the grand view.

On the up side there are far more choices for good eating on Allure and Oasis. Activities for the kids and teens are excellent, my son still keeps in contact with the gang from the flow rider. The solarium forward is simply fantastic, but can get a bit warm when you are sailing with the sun over the bow.

A few other things about Oasis and Allure. The bar/elevator is just so silly that you have to love it. Also the people control on Allure is fantastic. We were out, nearly at capacity and you never felt crowded on the ship. Shore facilities sure, but never on the ship. There was so much to do and they spread the people out so thoroughly that you often found yourself in small groups unless you deliberately sought out a crowd.
80 posted on 02/27/2012 1:16:31 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: wxgesr; Repeat Offender

butt-pirates usually give a li’l sumpn sumpn back...


81 posted on 02/27/2012 1:21:37 PM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: melissa_in_ga
Mr. melissa_in_ga wants to take a road-trip to the West next year. I’ll miss him while I’m on my cruise!

Go for it. When I first got married my Mrs Gonzo had four weeks of vacation and I only had two. So she would go on cruises with her mom and I got to stay home and pay the bills. Worth every penny for the improved in-law relations. And besides the extra couple of trips mean that she is a diamond member now and we get extra perks.

Now I just need to talk her into one of those two story suites. Come on honey, it is only $14,000 a person. The kids don't need to go to school this year.
82 posted on 02/27/2012 1:37:04 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: lonevoice

Just an aside, but I wonder why new posts to you and you have mail are both stuck on red. I haven’t had mail for over a week and it still shows red. Anyone else having this problem?


83 posted on 02/27/2012 1:37:47 PM PST by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: GonzoGOP

Thank you for that write up.
I just sold my house so i have a bit of money in the bank to spend.
Back in early 2003 i went on the second voyage of the Navigator of the Seas.
The ship was brand spankin new and it still had that new car smell lol.
I was SERIOUSLY impressed with that ship and it just blows my mind how much more awesome the new ones are.

I see your point with the Viking Lounge, i was wondering why it seemed so low, almost a waste now.
I had no idea about that bridge.

That Navigator trip was great though, I caught my GF at the time cheating on me a week before the trip so i ended up going alone, had the balconey room to myself. I was misereable when i boarded but that misery lasted less then an hour lol.
I had the time of my life!

I think maybe i’ll go check out the RCI site now....

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/dealsandmore/hotdeals.do;jsessionid=0000AtuLL0h2abYNUuGMleVeI4F:12hbioe0u?cS=NAVBAR


84 posted on 02/27/2012 1:51:51 PM PST by mowowie
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To: GonzoGOP

“We were out, nearly at capacity and you never felt crowded on the ship.”

That’s another thing, the Navigator was completely booked yet the ship seemed half full.
I liked that.


85 posted on 02/27/2012 1:54:00 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Paperdoll

Hmm. No, I haven’t had that problem, nor seen a post from anyone else mentioning it. You might try pinging or mailing JimRob to see if he can help?


86 posted on 02/27/2012 2:02:54 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: mowowie
The ship was brand spankin new and it still had that new car smell lol.

Funny that you mentioned the new ship smell. When I went out on Liberty of the Seas the first time it was only her fifth or sixth paying run. My wife and I both recalled the line from the movie Titanic about the whole ship smelling like fresh paint. Because it did.

One thing that was different about Allure was the return of the 1st class vs steerage passengers. The Suite people are definitely living the sweet life. Reserved seats at all performances, prime areas roped off. Again if you are paying that kind of money they should get something extra. It just bothered me that at the one show I was standing while the majority of the seats in the suite area were empty. I understand that they get first call, but if they don't show up before show time the seats should become available to the people in the theater.
87 posted on 02/27/2012 2:11:00 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Twotone

On the one cruise I took with my sister - we learned about a senior who stayed on the ship permanently. So I did a little research - it’s quite common.

http://www.silverplanet.com/lifestyles/retirement-living/cruise-ships-different-way-retire/46559


88 posted on 02/27/2012 2:24:02 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: Twotone

On the one cruise I took with my sister - we learned about a senior who stayed on the ship permanently. So I did a little research - it’s quite common.

http://www.silverplanet.com/lifestyles/retirement-living/cruise-ships-different-way-retire/46559


89 posted on 02/27/2012 2:25:28 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to bring America back from the brink.)
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To: Cicero

Everything about a cruise ship turns me off!


90 posted on 02/27/2012 2:30:36 PM PST by Ditter
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To: andy58-in-nh

Pintle-mounted belt-fed 7.62x51 MGs as a minimum, and Ma Deuces preferred.


91 posted on 02/27/2012 2:46:03 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Hatteras
"It's a boat. The head is always open..."

I wouldn't try that from the side of the ship. You might get a nasty suprise.

92 posted on 02/27/2012 3:15:18 PM PST by Godebert (NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: FreedomPoster

A brace of incoming M2 rounds does tend to get peoples’ attention. ;-)


93 posted on 02/27/2012 3:18:14 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

There was a Project Runway guy had to design a dress based on the flag of the Seychelles. It really is pronounced like “sea shells”, sorta.

The flag was pretty enough. I never heard of the “country”. Is it a British country or somewhere else?


94 posted on 02/27/2012 3:21:11 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: Fishtalk

It was a British colony, largely populated with French descendents. The Brits won control of the island after the Treaty of Paris in 1815, post-Waterloo.


95 posted on 02/27/2012 3:35:43 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

thank you very much. I do appreciate it.

Interesting.


96 posted on 02/27/2012 3:53:39 PM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/)
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To: liberalh8ter

One probably should not use the phrase, ‘flip side’, when referring to the Costa Cruise Line.


97 posted on 02/27/2012 4:04:07 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Delta Dawn
Good Golly! I hadn't thought of that. : )
98 posted on 02/27/2012 4:35:03 PM PST by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: Strategerist

Thanks. Guess that made plain I’m no seaman by trade or otherwise.


99 posted on 02/27/2012 5:01:32 PM PST by fire and forget
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To: Strategerist

Thanks. Guess that made plain I’m no seaman by trade or otherwise.


100 posted on 02/27/2012 5:01:52 PM PST by fire and forget
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