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June 19, 2008 11:48 AM   Subscribe


 
So, a monstrously inefficient and CO2-belching relic is headed for the scrap heap? Hooray, and good riddance.
posted by optovox at 11:53 AM on June 19, 2008


Yes! Forward and Upwards!

Snark aside, It was a great ship.

No question it's inefficient, but it's still sad to see a piece of history smashed to bits on a beach in India. Especially the first great cruise-ferry.

But I have a suspicion we're going to see a lot of the modern cruise ships going this way.

Anyone make a solar powered ship yet?

Other than a sailboat?
posted by Lord_Pall at 12:00 PM on June 19, 2008


Anyone make a solar powered ship yet?
Other than a sailboat?


seeing as how we're all going to be in Waterworld soon, someone ought to get on that.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:10 PM on June 19, 2008


Thanks for this post. Years ago I made the trip from Travemunde to Helsinki and v.v. on the Finnjet, and seeing its name again was a blast from the past.
posted by rjs at 12:11 PM on June 19, 2008


Now she will be run aground at speed.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:55 PM on June 19, 2008


I remember as a fact that I've travelled aboard Finnjet in eighties, but I don't remember anything about the trip itself, except another datapoint, having a lego Finnjet. Third datapoint: feeling pride about it, Finnjet, a great ship, which can only explained by being there in an age where you are easily influenced by such things.

And one should respect cruise ferries of nordic seas. For many youth, they are a great tutorials and microcosms for adult vices. Tax-free prices, shops specializing mostly in tobacco and alcohol, bars, restaurants, classless night club, karaoke, cabins for having first experiences, ship staff as non-threatening authority figures, relatively safe way to get arrested and into ship's jail without later consequences, interesting places to throw up in, safe, warm and cozy. Perfect. Just make sure you don't fall overboard. They all have ball pits.
posted by Free word order! at 1:20 PM on June 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


One thing that I keep looking for (out of morbid interest) but never finding is pictures of breaking yards. I spend a lot of time reading about the ships the world has seen, yet their ultimate demises always seem to go undocumented. Does anyone know where to look for this?
posted by bicyclefish at 1:44 PM on June 19, 2008


Bicyclefish: here
posted by Free word order! at 1:51 PM on June 19, 2008


Yes, don't miss out on what Bicyclefish linked to above. Those photos are stunning, and stay with me even now, years after I first saw them.
posted by intermod at 6:18 PM on June 19, 2008


The Yorkshire ranter did a little back of the envelope calculating when folks were protesting the arrival of the worlds largest container ship in Liverpool. He estimated that it used as much fuel to get the stuff it was hauling from the far side of the Indian ocean to Liverpool as the trucks were going to consume moving said stuff from Liverpool to London.

What does efficient look like to you people?
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 7:02 PM on June 19, 2008


um, ...
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posted by DenOfSizer at 7:43 PM on June 19, 2008


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