THE BRIDGEHUNTER'S CHRONICLES Eggners Ferry Bridge Reopened: But for how long?
There have been a lot of events that took place this past Memorial Day weekend that deal with historic bridges. One of course was the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in... Posted on 5/28/12 at 9:59 AM
Italy’s cruise liner tragedy turned into an environmental crisis Monday, as rough seas battering the stricken mega-ship raised fears that fuel might leak into pristine waters off Tuscany that are part of a protected sanctuary for dolphins, porpoises and whales.
The ship’s Italian operator accused the jailed captain of causing the wreck that left at least six dead and 29 missing, saying he made an “unapproved, unauthorized maneuver” to divert the vessel from its programmed course.
By Frances D-Emilio, Associated Press
, January 17, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A troubled historic ocean liner is finally getting an answer to its distress call.
The nonprofit SS United States Conservancy said Tuesday it has taken ownership of the famous cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines and its parent for $3 million.
A salvage team could take weeks to remove a grounded coal-carrying ship from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where it is leaking oil in a pristine marine environment, a state leader said on Monday.
The Chinese Shen Neng 1 ran aground late Saturday on Douglas Shoals, a favorite pristine haunt for recreational fishing east of the Great Keppel Island tourist resort. The shoals — off the coast of Queensland state in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — are in a protected part of the reef where shipping is restricted by environmental law.
In a riveting high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates Wednesday and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage.
The destroyer USS Bainbridge, one of a half dozen warships that headed for the area, arrived at the scene Thursday morning a few hours before dawn, said Kevin Speers, a spokesman for the company that owns the Maersk Alabama. He said the boat with the pirates was floating near the ship, the first with an American crew to be taken by pirates off the Horn of Africa.
By Katharine Houreld, The Associated Press
, April 09, 2009
Ordered to get inside and stay down, Oregon tourist Clyde Thornburg heard the pirates’ rifle shots hit the side of the luxury cruise liner — “Pop! Pop! Pop!” — then felt the ship speed up to escape.
At this port north of the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, passengers told The Associated Press on Wednesday they had been warned of the danger even before they embarked, and the crew used a device that blasted painful high-decibel sound waves to keep the marauders at bay.
By Sebastian Abbot, The Associated Press
, December 04, 2008
The new Celebrity Solstice cruise ship with a half-acre lawn of real grass on the top deck is scheduled to launch Nov. 23 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.
The seven-night itinerary includes port calls in San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts. Rates start at $899 per person, double occupancy, and rooms were still available as of mid-October.
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