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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.
Rhode Island is in the process of buiding a Tall Ship to represent their state. They took a steel haul and floated it down from Canada and are doing the rest of the work on the same island the Rhode Island National Guard fly out of. It is the Oliver Hazzard Perry Project. It will be the first user friendly Tall Ship for the handicapped.