Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
Originally Posted by TakeFive
GIVE ME A BREAK!! While I love sailing and tall ships, suggesting that the space program is less essential to our collective well-being than refurbishing old rotted out movie props is really stretching the limits of credibility. Given the defense and intelligence ramifications of space, I think there's pretty strong argument that the government should be funding space program - much stronger than the other option that you propose.
My point exactly.
If, just like here in Oz, your government and your people doesn't actually give a stuff about fostering genuine maritime heritage and making sure appropriate legislation is put in place to prevent "rotted out movie props" being used to cart people around oceans in the first place, why should you be surprised when one meets an unfortunate end?
..and thanks for the space program. We don't have one - but we do get to enjoy yours.
"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"