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What do you mean the consulate would not even let you in??

Just what I said CD...the American Consulate on Grenada locked its gates and would not let Americans in the compound. They showed NO interest in getting our names so they could respond to relatives requests about our health. they would not let us use their PC's to send e-mails. They did nothing to provide water or food basics. All they would do was tell us that the government recommended we leave the island.
This was not just us...this was all the American boaters in Grenada for the hurricane season. They were less than useless and left us all to fend for ourselves in a very scary and lawless situation.
The Coasties and the British Navy came into the harbor and helped us out until they were called noorth to Jamaica where ivan hit next.
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At the end of the day, the Coast Guard is a federal police department with a minor in search and rescue. Some helpful, some cowboys, and apparently a few who are careless with loaded weapons.

It is not usually good news when they come around. All the more reason to take care of yourself and not need them.
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It would seem to me that it is only bad news when the coasties come around if you are doing something you shouldn't be doing. I've been boarded and inspected, had very powerful searchlights shone on me by helicopters in the night, randomly inspected and I have to say that every coastie I have dealt with has been polite, professional and I always thank them for doing what they do. I hope never to need there help, and as a professional mariner I do everything I can to ensure that, but if that day ever comes, it's good to know that they are there!
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Oh yeah, Sagres (#1 to me) and Eagle are the two most beautiful tall ships in the world!
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That pisses me off and I was not even there. There is no excuse for that. None at all. I would have made such a stink of that on the national news that they would be looking for a new consulate.

Bastards (excuse my language young eyes, but there is no other word for it).

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I respect the coasties for the SAR role, the ones that have been doing interdiction are the ones that seem to have the gung-ho wannabe cop attitude that I can do without, and I'm also with the poster above re: grouper troopers and rabbit sheriffs. I've been stopped 3 times in a summer by the same guys to do safety inspections. They are out there to generate revenue, just like the Ga State Patrol on I95, write tickets, get $$.

My family has lived on the GA coast since 1754. I've got stories, and none of them particularly favorable, so I'll keep them to my self.
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Oh yeah, Sagres (#1 to me) and Eagle are the two most beautiful tall ships in the world!
The "Sagres", the "Eagle" and the "Tovarich" are all 3 twin boats, built in Germany By Bholm und Voss, and captured during WWII.

They were called originally Gorch Fock, now "Tovarich", Horst Vessel now "Eagle" and Albert Leo Schlagetter, now "Sagres", built in the early 1930's .

Later, after the war, the Germans had no School boats, and built the GORCH FOCK II where my biological father (not my step father) was a Sailing Instructor, until he met my mother.

So I owe my existance to these boats, thus my love for them. Specially the Sagres, that has won most of the time the awards for the best kept, maintained and organized of all tall ships in teh World. Owned by the Portuguese Navy, she sails all year round with Naval Cadets. A true embassador of my country.
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The "Sagres", the "Eagle" and the "Tovarich" are all 3 twin boats, built in Germany By Bholm und Voss, and captured during WWII.

They were called originally Gorch Fock, now "Tovarich", Horst Vessel now "Eagle" and Albert Leo Schlagetter, now "Sagres", built in the early 1930's .

Later, after the war, the Germans had no School boats, and built the GORCH FOCK II where my biological father (not my step father) was a Sailing Instructor, until he met my mother.

So I owe my existance to these boats, thus my love for them. Specially the Sagres, that has won most of the time the awards for the best kept, maintained and organized of all tall ships in teh World. Owned by the Portuguese Navy, she sails all year round with Naval Cadets. A true embassador of my country.
Interesting story. Like Father like Son. Sagres is #1.
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The Elissa is a historical ship that is moored in Galveston. She still goes out, I've seen her in full sail, BEAUTIFUL!!!
She is the one that escorted the newest nuclear sub into the hou ship channel....

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