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Old 04-29-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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Folks, I have seen some bad weather in my time at sea; typhoons in the South China Sea, cyclones in the Indian Ocean and the odd hurricane in the North Atlantic as well as willi-waws arround Patagonia but this takes the biscuit. The attached photo was sent to me by a friend and shows a Scottish fishing boat in the North Sea with a slight chop running.

Sometimes it is wiser to stay tied up to an office desk.

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Oh no! I almost got seasick right in front of my computer┬*┬* ┬*

Great pictures, Stephen!

May I use it as a desktop picture on my computer?┬*

Just wandering, how can a crew physically handle this? I would be so sick and they are out there working.

Great men. These are the heroes of the seas, not the sponsored young girls in pink boats sailing around the globe nonstop.┬*┬*

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May I use it as a desktop picture on my computer?┬*
Of course you may Uwe.

I am not so sure I would want to do that though. I suppose turning up for work in the morning and seeing those seas staring at you would, at least, make you glad that you were at the computer and not out in them.

As someone wisely said, the best cure for seasickness is to stand under a tree.

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A yacht in heavy seas:

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Stephen,

To think I used to go out from this anchorage into the North sea in a smaller fishing boat :-Lossie Mouth.jpg
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As someone wisely said, the best cure for seasickness is to stand under a tree.

Aye┬*┬*//┬*┬*Stephen
... had to take this picture off the desk top (at home) after my whife threatened not to sail the North Sea this summer. ┬* I put on a tree.┬*┬*

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I didn't know that Richard. At least you were wise enough to get out.

Uwe, the tree is better for family relations - no doubt about that. Best wishes to Doretea.

Good weekend all // Stephen
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Thank you Stephen!

... and here┬* is the the bad weather gone worse version for the cruise ship tourists ┬*!

...we love the Bay of Biscay...

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Re Balmoral: "According to reports, two passengers had to be taken to a hospital in Spain with broken bones."

I wonder if Balmoral's captain is still a captain. Poor unsuspecting passengers.
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I wonder if Balmoral's captain is still a captain. Poor unsuspecting passengers.
What goes around comes around.

The BALMORAL is opersted by the Norwegian company Fred Olsen Lines. Interestingly, my first sea passage took place in August 1968 when my family and I took passage on the Fred Olsen Line ship BRAEMAR from Oslo to Newcastle and return. The return voyage started on the 29 August 1968 and we left the sheltering piers of Tynemouth into a force 10 gale. The ship, although nodern for her times, was of about 3,000 tons and we suffered all the way to Kristiansand where we arrive something like 16 hours late after what should have been a 24 hour passage.

Of course the master should still be master. When I was a lowley cadet I was on a ship lying in Homg Kong harbour at A2 buoy which, according to the harbour authoritiy, was a safe typhoon buoy when Typhoon Rose headed for the colony. To my surprise the master oredered the ship to sea. We steamed for about two days in the Taiwan Straight and were blown backwards about 80NM (on a 14,000 ton shiop with 21,000 HP) but when we returned to Hong Komg many ships wwere seen on the beech. Houses had colapsed and the colony was in a very sad state. Ships are meant to be at sea and this is what they are built for. If things turn really bad a ship should be in its environment - at sea.

The essential problem is that we have forgotten how the sea is in the belief that we can overcome whatever it can throw at us. Ack, how wrong we can be. No matter how developed and technically advanced our ships become the sea is still the sea.

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I didn't know that Richard. At least you were wise enough to get out.

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I went to school a couple miles SW of Lossiemouth - while our ancestral home was just another couple miles SW of the School.
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Interseting Richard.

My main contact with Lossiemouth was with the naval air station which now belongs to the RAF.

Otherwise I know the area, Invernesshire, Nairnshir, Morayshire and Banffshire quite well. I believe that since I was there the counties have been changed.

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