Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
I know the Western Union , the ship that laid the phone cable to Cuba was over and over again failing their Coast Guard Inspection, until finally they passed after a huge structural refit, and they are only sailing around the Bay with tourists. It's the Coast Guard who say's yay or nay in the end. Most of the big ocean Tall ships are steel, like the Eagle. The ones I see that are sea worthy are Sweedish or Dutch. It takes a government to fund these things properly.
You're right - most of them are steel - although this one HMB Endeavour
is a world traveller (via the Horn no less!) and certainly not steel..
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"