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On a cruise in the Med off the coast of France, with no wind, we were motoring along on a sea of glass, when we came upon a one-liter bottle that had contained mineral water. I decided to pick it up just to be a good marine citizen, but found it had a light nylon line attached to it. At the other end of the line there was something heavy. I started to put it on the winch to bring up the mystery object, when the skipper came along and removed the line from the winch, threw the bottle into the water.

"What did you do that for? I wanted to see what was on the other end?" I objected.

He told me he had a pretty good idea what might be on the other end [drug drop] and he had no idea who was watching with binoculars, and we got the hell out of there.

That is scary!
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Pegasus, in Europe its common for poorer amateur fishermen to use the bottle to set the traps for Octopus and Crab!!!

We have hundreds of thousands of them in my coast...hundreds...

Altough you may not be prosecuted by the police, you would surely get a punch in the nose by a angry dude...happens all the time...

either way, don't pick up what's not yours....that's my motto...
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Ah, the dreaded "peyote watch".
No, no, drugs, other than the Bonnine. I've been 'severely' seasick twice, in rough weather offshore, and each time I got very, very nauseated, very lethargic/weak, with an inability to focus, and that last time I hallucinated. I kept telling myself, it's not real, there are no killer squid on the boat, it's not real . . . . Not a good watch.
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Pegasus, in Europe its common for poorer amateur fishermen to use the bottle to set the traps for Octopus and Crab!!!

We have hundreds of thousands of them in my coast...hundreds...
This was no trap. We were in 1200 meters of water!
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On a cruise in the Med off the coast of France....

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This was no trap. We were in 1200 meters of water!
Where is the 1200 meters of bottom in the med ????


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We were a day out of Tortola, heading North to Bermuda, when the main batteries suddenly went dead. No lights. No engine. Had to navigate by the stars because we couldn't see the compass at night. We ended up tacking up the channel to Hamilton. Luckily the depthsounder had its own battery. We watched it go 500, 300, 100, TACK! about 80 times. That was spooky, but going through the Gulf Stream with three waterspouts in sight at once was the scariest.
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Where is the 1200 meters of bottom in the med ????
To the best of my recollection we were about 10nm SE of St Raphael.

My chart of the region [Navicarte R.1 Marseille-San Remo]
shows 2000m in that region.

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Where is the 1200 meters of bottom in the med ????


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My sources say:
"The total water area of the Mediterranean is 965,900 mi2 (2,501,000 km2), and its average depth is 5040 ft (1536 m). The greatest depth in the western basin is 12,200 ft (3719 m), in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The eastern basin is deeper, with a greatest depth of 18,140 ft (5530 m) in the Ionian Sea about 34 mi (55 km) off the Greek mainland. The Atlantic tide disappears in the Strait of Gibraltar. The tides of the Mediterranean are predominantly semidiurnal."
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The Lady Luvibond

This is one of the most famous ghost ships in England. (See here). It is said to appear every 50 years after it was deliberately wrecked on the Goodwin Sands on February 13th, 1748, when it tries to lure other ships to their doom on the famous 'swallowing sands'. The Goodwin Sands have accounted for more recorded ship losses than anywhere else in the world.

There were sightings in 1798, 1848 and 1898, and another ship was lost with all hands on the same day in 1948.

On Feb 13th 1998 we set out in our yacht from nearby Dover to the exact spot on the sands where the wreck was recorded. It's a bleak spot out in the English Channel, and visibility was limited as fog swirled eeriely over the sands. If ever there was a perfect setting for a ghost ship to appear, that was it.

Alas, we didn't even hear the cries of the drowning wedding guests. Nor did any of the other three boats that were out there with us.

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I've seen some pretty scary things out on the water, perhaps the worse being that of a portly sailor bending over his forepeak while hanking on his jib - wearing nothing but a thong. That nightmarish event still makes me shudder. Bet you're glad I'm not posting a picture of that?

But, if we're talking about mysteries unsolved above or below the deep blue, I took a pic of an object some time ago, that still mystifies me. While diving a 110 ft deep wreck off Looe Key, I went deep into one of the holds and came upon this:




I took the photo just after trying to lift it, which caused all the particulate specs floating about. It consisted of a square, sleeve-like base measuring approximately 2 ft x 2 ft - fabricated of welded steel plates. It was sitting on the hold's floor and firmly fastened to the top of the block, was what appeared to be a pair of leather shoes with leather laces. The "shoes" couldn't budge - otherwise I'd have taken one to the surface.

What on earth was the purpose of this object?
Hey, those look like the boots that Jimmy Hoffa used to wear to the Monday night Union meetings!!
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