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Miami-Based Cruise Ship Attacked by Pirates off Somalian Coast
AP ^ | 11/05/05

Posted on 11/05/2005 9:29:46 AM PST by Pokey78

MIAMI (AP) - Pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade and machine guns Saturday in an attack on a luxury cruise liner off the east African coast, the vessel's owners said.

Two armed boats approached the Seabourn Spirit about 100 miles off the coast of Somalia and fired as the boats' occupants attempted to get onboard, said Bruce Good, a spokesman for Miami-based Seabourn Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.

The crew initiated a trained response and avoided being boarded, Good said. The ship outran them and changed its course.

"Our suspicion at this time is that the motive was theft," Good said.

One member of the 161-person crew was slightly injured before the attackers were repelled, according to a London-based Seabourn Cruises spokesman.

Press Association, the British news agency, said passengers awoke to the sound of gunfire as two 25-foot inflatable boats approached the liner. The injured crew member was reportedly hit by flying debris.

The vessel's 151 passengers, mostly Americans with some Australians and Europeans, were gathered in a lounge for their safety, Good said. None were injured.

The Spirit had been bound for Mombasa, Kenya, at the end of a 16-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt. It was expected to reach the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean later Saturday, and then continue on its previous schedule to Singapore, Good said.

The 10,000-ton cruise ship, registered in the Bahamas, sustained minor damage, Good said. "They took some fire, but it's safe to sail," he said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banglist; barbarypirates; darkcontinent; islam; maritime; muslimpirates; muslims; religionofpeace; rop; rpg; seabournspirit; somali; somalia
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1 posted on 11/05/2005 9:29:47 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78

Barbary Pirates? Millions for defense but not one cent for tribute.


2 posted on 11/05/2005 9:31:52 AM PST by rhombus
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To: Pokey78

Somalia = Islamics


3 posted on 11/05/2005 9:32:23 AM PST by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: Pokey78

In school, on the first day of a new class, some Cambodian kids were discussing how they came to the U.S. I was all worried about the new class, and had jitters, but one of the kids behind me started talking about how hard it was for his family to get to the U.S., because they had to get past the Thai pirates.
I turned around and apologized for listening in, and laughed and said- "you guys had to fight your way past pirates?!" and the all laughed. Nice planet we have here.


4 posted on 11/05/2005 9:35:13 AM PST by emiller
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To: Pokey78

Repelled with what?


5 posted on 11/05/2005 9:36:25 AM PST by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: Pokey78
about 100 miles off the coast
25-foot inflatable boats

Quite an undertaking for the pirates

6 posted on 11/05/2005 9:36:42 AM PST by TheOracleAtLilac
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To: Pokey78

Anybody over there on "vacation" deserves what they get.


7 posted on 11/05/2005 9:38:13 AM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Pokey78
And how did they know they were Pirates???

They were all wearing these:

8 posted on 11/05/2005 9:38:16 AM PST by NordP (FREEDOM: The mission is noble. The cause is just.)
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To: NordP

Probably the RPGs and Machine Guns and the attempt to board was a tipoff.


9 posted on 11/05/2005 9:40:06 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Hello Free Republic.)
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To: claudiustg

Somalia = Islamics = TERRORISTS


10 posted on 11/05/2005 9:40:54 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Rome2000

I'm told Mogadishu is lovely this time of year.


11 posted on 11/05/2005 9:41:00 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Pokey78

It is hard to imagine a cruise ship outrunning a little speedboat, but it's also hard to imagine boarding from one of those little things unless they thought the ship was French and they would just surrender and drop boarding nets.


12 posted on 11/05/2005 9:41:46 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Hello Free Republic.)
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To: Pokey78

It's time to ressurect some Q ships.


13 posted on 11/05/2005 9:41:52 AM PST by Rebelbase (Food stamps, section-8, State paid Child support, etc. pay more than the min. wage.)
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To: NordP

My understanding is that no crew member on that ship is allowed to carry any weapons, concealed or otherwise.

Makes them a rather soft target, no?


14 posted on 11/05/2005 9:42:27 AM PST by austinaero
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To: Rebelbase

Someody was arguing hard for Letters of Marque a while back. Constitution allows it. I can't remember why.


15 posted on 11/05/2005 9:42:54 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Hello Free Republic.)
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To: austinaero

guns go off. guns kill people (just takig the weenies argument)


16 posted on 11/05/2005 9:43:37 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Hello Free Republic.)
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To: Pokey78; claudiustg
passengers awoke to the sound of gunfire as two 25-foot inflatable boats approached the liner.

Just how many 25-foot inflatable boats are in this coastal area?

Track the boats, find the boats..find the Pirates/Islamics
..surround & burn/destroy the village(s)/Town(s).

17 posted on 11/05/2005 9:43:45 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Pokey78
"Attention all passengers, we will have regularly scheduled target practice off the stern in 5 minutes. AR-15's will be distributed to all participants."
"Good luck and good hunting."
18 posted on 11/05/2005 9:44:18 AM PST by Snardius (The seventh seal has been broken, the goat entrails point toward gotterdamerung, it's on.)
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To: CAP811

Probably high-pressure water from fire hoses. I doubt they are allowed to have weapons...the obvious solution to this nonsense.


19 posted on 11/05/2005 9:44:43 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Pokey78

Let them see why we have the stanza "From the Halls of Montezuma - to the shores of TRIPOLI" in the Marine Coprs Hymm.

The Marines used their sabers back in those days to seperate the pirates' heads from their necks!

Time to bring the Mamaluke Sword for full combat role to seperate the jihadist from humanity!


20 posted on 11/05/2005 9:44:50 AM PST by soltice
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To: Flavius Josephus

Weenies indeed, you said it.


21 posted on 11/05/2005 9:45:11 AM PST by austinaero
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To: CAP811

The skeet guns, last cruise I took the Dr on board (he doubled as the skeet shooting coordinator) told me they kept buckshot for just such instances.


22 posted on 11/05/2005 9:45:29 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading since 2004)
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To: Pokey78

"Unidentified luxury cruise M/V, with 600 passengers from Europe for Kenyan port city of Mombasa, narrowly escaped seizure by gunmen off the pirate-infested Somali coast when she sped off to high seas amid a trail of gunfire. Capt. made distress call & later switched off radio communication to avoid being traced by the hijackers -- gunmen sailing in 3 boats later abandoned chase as they could not venture into high seas -- no one injured in botched hijack. We also would not identify our ship -- had we been so stupid to sail these waters with paying passengers. (Sat. Nov. 5, 2005)"

http://www.cargolaw.com/presentations_casualties.html


23 posted on 11/05/2005 9:45:47 AM PST by Rebelbase (Food stamps, section-8, State paid Child support, etc. pay more than the min. wage.)
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To: Flavius Josephus

Me neither! Was it because at the time ... I'll go look it up.


24 posted on 11/05/2005 9:45:51 AM PST by txhurl (Letters of Marque - it's on Fr, lemme look)
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To: Rebelbase

Q Ships indeed...that would put an end to this crap.


25 posted on 11/05/2005 9:46:19 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Rome2000

You win the idiot post of the day award.


26 posted on 11/05/2005 9:47:01 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Pokey78
for Mombasa, Kenya, at the end of a 16-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt

Why the hell would anyone want to go there??...

27 posted on 11/05/2005 9:47:05 AM PST by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: austinaero
Yep...and just sittin' there, pretty for the taking...


28 posted on 11/05/2005 9:48:40 AM PST by NordP (FREEDOM: The mission is noble. The cause is just.)
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To: Snardius
"AR-15's will be distributed to all participants." "Good luck and good hunting."

LOL! I like your solution(s) better :D

...for an additional $$$$, may bring our 20mm 4X Bofors cannon/mount, too?

29 posted on 11/05/2005 9:48:46 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: Rebelbase

What's a Q ship?


30 posted on 11/05/2005 9:48:53 AM PST by Snardius (The seventh seal has been broken, the goat entrails point toward gotterdamerung, it's on.)
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To: Rome2000
Anybody over there on "vacation" deserves what they get.

I choose not to blame the victim. I think anybody that tries to storm a cruise ship deserves what they get.

31 posted on 11/05/2005 9:49:01 AM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1000 knives and counting!)
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To: Flavius Josephus
Letters of Marque thread

Ron Paul argues for commissioning privateers to hunt Bin Laden.

32 posted on 11/05/2005 9:49:17 AM PST by txhurl
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To: Rome2000

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Anybody over there on "vacation" deserves what they get.
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What? Look at this. This is a bunch of 75 yr old retirees cruising to some tourist stops and having to unpack their bags only once.

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The Spirit had been bound for Mombasa, Kenya, at the end of a 16-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt. It was expected to reach the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean later Saturday, and then continue on its previous schedule to Singapore, Good said.
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They're going from Alexandria (site of the ancient library) to the Seychelles and Singapore. What can be wrong with this? Are you suspecting this is some 75 yr olds in a cruise ship terror cell? Ha!


34 posted on 11/05/2005 9:50:05 AM PST by Owen
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To: Pokey78
Miami-Based Cruise Ship Attacked by Pirates off Somalian Coast...

Terrorist Class....can you all say, "REHEARSAL?"

35 posted on 11/05/2005 9:50:27 AM PST by NordP (FREEDOM: The mission is noble. The cause is just.)
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To: Cuttnhorse

WEEKLY IMB PIRATE REPORTS ___

27 Oct. 2005 at 2030 LT in position 20:47.8N - 017:01.8W, off Nouadhibou inner anchorage, Mauritania. Eight pirates in wooden boat fitted with outboard motor approached bulk carrier. Two robbers boarded via anchor chain. Duty a/b noticed & raised alarm. Robbers escaped in their boat. Port control informed. (Fri. Nov. 4, 2005)

27 Oct. 2005 at 0836 LT in position 08:41.565S - 115:43.911E, Lombok strait, Indonesia. Pirates armed with guns in a speedboat fired upon a chemical tanker underway. Bridge window was destroyed by gunshots. No injuries to crew. Several fishing boats were in the vicinity. (Fri. Nov. 4, 2005)

27 Oct. 2005 between 0001 - 0100 LT in position 01:59.6N - 118:08.7E, off Muara Pantai, east Kalimantan, Indonesia. Pirates boarded a bulk carrier at anchor during cargo operations -- stole forward liferaft & ship's stores and escaped in their speedboat. (Fri. Nov. 4, 2005)

26 Oct. 2005 at 1810 LT in position 06:09N - 053:45E, 250 nm off east coast of Somalia. Five speedboats flashed lights at tanker underway and chased her. One boat increased speed and came close on port beam. Crew switched on deck lights and ship moved further away from the Somali coast and boat gave up chase. (Fri. Nov. 4, 2005)

23 Oct.2005 at 1800 UTC at Zhanjiang no. 2 inner anchorage, China. Pirates boarded a tanker via hawse pipe -- broke open forward locker & stole ship's stores. Several small fishing boats were in vicinity. Authorities informed. (Fri. Nov. 4, 2005)


36 posted on 11/05/2005 9:51:15 AM PST by Rebelbase (Food stamps, section-8, State paid Child support, etc. pay more than the min. wage.)
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To: sgribbley
The captain should have rammed their small boats

Ramming an inflatable with a cruise ship is slightly more difficult than nailing jello to the wall...

37 posted on 11/05/2005 9:51:55 AM PST by Snardius (The seventh seal has been broken, the goat entrails point toward gotterdamerung, it's on.)
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To: Abathar

They should pack slugs for the shotguns.

Get the good skeet shooters on hand, and let loose.


38 posted on 11/05/2005 9:52:37 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Look for the union label--on the bat crashing through your windshield!)
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To: Snardius

"What's a Q ship?"

Merchant ships with hidden deck guns. Brits used them during World wars 1-2 to take out German U boats that surfaced to fire their deck guns at what they tought would be an unarmed ship.


39 posted on 11/05/2005 9:56:13 AM PST by Rebelbase (Food stamps, section-8, State paid Child support, etc. pay more than the min. wage.)
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To: sit-rep

Maybe just to go somewhere odd and rough it. Lots of place I plan to stay away from such as Somalia (where they sure hate American's) and Aruba.


40 posted on 11/05/2005 9:57:30 AM PST by Jane Austen
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To: Snardius
"Attention all passengers, we will have regularly scheduled target practice off the stern in 5 minutes. AR-15's will be distributed to all participants." "Good luck and good hunting."

:-)

41 posted on 11/05/2005 9:58:05 AM PST by Paul_Denton (The U.S. should adopt the policy of Oom Shmoom: Israeli policy where no one gives a sh*t about U.N.)
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To: Rebelbase

Thanks, I was also wondering what a "Q ship" was, never before have heard that term.


42 posted on 11/05/2005 9:58:57 AM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: MonroeDNA

Hell, some well-placed bowling balls dropped from 60 feet should do the trick. Or deck chairs. Or pipe wrenches.


43 posted on 11/05/2005 9:59:34 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: NordP

" Terrorist Class....can you all say, "REHEARSAL?""

Nah, this is pure piracy. Happens all the time off the Horn of Africa. It's a major industry over there.


44 posted on 11/05/2005 9:59:59 AM PST by Rebelbase (Food stamps, section-8, State paid Child support, etc. pay more than the min. wage.)
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To: Jane Austen

Maybe it's because I've been to most of these places, not on vacation, that leaves me with a bad taste about them. I can tell anyone who will listen, go west or north. "That way..." is nothing but trouble...


45 posted on 11/05/2005 10:02:14 AM PST by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: Snardius
"Attention all passengers, we will have regularly scheduled target practice off the stern in 5 minutes. AR-15's will be distributed to all participants." "Good luck and good hunting."

Is that offered?!! To hell with Disneyland! I'm going on a cruise!!!

46 posted on 11/05/2005 10:02:59 AM PST by txroadkill
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To: NordP
They were all wearing these:

LOL! Reminds me of the "Puffy Shirt" episode on Seinfeld.

47 posted on 11/05/2005 10:04:09 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Rebelbase; Snardius

"Merchant ships with hidden deck guns. Brits used them during World wars 1-2 to take out German U boats that surfaced to fire their deck guns at what they tought would be an unarmed ship."

We used them too in WWII. Father served on one while an officer in the USCG.


48 posted on 11/05/2005 10:05:15 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: austinaero
My understanding is that no crew member on that ship is allowed to carry any weapons, concealed or otherwise. Makes them a rather soft target, no?

A flamethrower would make a great anti-boarding tool.

49 posted on 11/05/2005 10:05:17 AM PST by fso301
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To: Cuttnhorse
Posted this on the other thread, which seems to be inactive.

The prime suspect in this attack. Name: Captain Jack Sparrow.
His ship: The Black Pearl
Most recently seen : Leaving France.
"Too dangerous there. Those people are nuts!"

50 posted on 11/05/2005 10:06:26 AM PST by Blogger
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