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Old July 25th, 2001, 07:03 PM
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Default Have you a favorit ship name?

Not a favorite ship. A favorite name.

I miss the old ship names.

While most were nationalistic (Berengaria, Normandie, Bremen, United States) they still lent more identity and character than todayís nouns (Summit, Spirit, Pride, Legend), the ungainly conjoined noun-adjectives (Seven Seas Navigator, Radiance of the Seas), or the repetitive (the Grand Princess, the Royal Princess, Recumbent Princess, the No-Better-Than-She-Ought-To-Be Princess). HAL still names their ships after cities, bless them, and Veendam and Rotterdam still sound like good ship names to me. (R8 isnít even open for discussion. It sounds like an SUV from General Motors.)

Mind you, Iím not saying anything about the ships themselves or the companies that run them, and Iíd take any one of them any day of the week to be at sea. Itís just that the names lack something.

But, do you have a favorite ship name from the past? A name that conjures up all the mystery, the excitement that you feel when the word ďcruiseĒ comes up? Either from a private yacht or a liner? Mine comes from a private yacht owned by Anglo-Hungarian film producer Alexander Korda back in the 50ís. It was called, simply, Elsewhere.

Thatís my favorite. Whatís yours?
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Old July 25th, 2001, 08:56 PM
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It wasn't much of a cruise for those who sailed her, but I'm rather partial to the La Nuestra SeŮora de Atocha.
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Old July 25th, 2001, 09:42 PM
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QUE?
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Old July 25th, 2001, 10:35 PM
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Headed, east, then west, then straight down, didn't she?
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Old July 26th, 2001, 12:30 AM
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SS Britanis. Gone, but not forgotten.
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Old July 26th, 2001, 12:47 AM
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My absolute favorite is the name of a private yacht, owned by Walter Cronkite.

We hailed back and forth a few summers ago when it was so ^&^(*& hot that the Knapp's Narrows bridge was swollen from the heat and it wouldn't open.

Walter's boat's name: "Assignment"

Brings a whole new meaning to "Walter Cronkite is on assignment this week."

I don't think our boat's name is too bad ... "Off Line".

I have a name in mind for when we can finally spring for a BIG sailboat ... like a monster Morgan Out-Island ... "Brillig". The dink could be named "Slithy Tove". (" ''Twas brillig and the slithy tove did gyre and gimble in the wabe.")

Queeg thinks we should name such a craft "Deadline" as in, "Pam can't talk, she's on Deadline." The dink could be named "30", as in, the end of a story on a wire service.

A totally fun thing to do is to hang about in marinas and look at boat names. And just wonder what those people were thinking.

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Old July 26th, 2001, 01:40 AM
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Two friends of mine, a gay couple, met while singing in their church choir.

They called their speedboat

Choir Buoys

Oh, groan.......
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Old July 26th, 2001, 07:12 AM
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Pamda, I love to do that. Walk through a marina and look at the names on the boats, and note the home port. Key West is good for that....
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Old July 26th, 2001, 08:49 AM
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How about "Veracruz"?
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Old July 26th, 2001, 10:07 AM
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Good one Tom. Thanks for the shore excursion recommendation that allowed me to learn about this ship. I can see why you are fascinated by her story!

Doug
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Old July 26th, 2001, 01:50 PM
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A yacht called "The Wanderer" owned by 2 old movie stars and I can't remember their names at the moment!

For contemporary ships' names: Splendour of the Seas
What a poetic name! The name embodies everything a ship should be.
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Old July 26th, 2001, 04:16 PM
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I've been having my entire family call HAL daily recommending the Kukidam! Put your voices to theirs and call HAL. IT CAN HAPPEN ..lol

Kuki... who's seen that name reversed in discussions before
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damKuki might be more like it.

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Old July 26th, 2001, 06:19 PM
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How about the Pamdaam?
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Old July 26th, 2001, 07:31 PM
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I like the Pamdaaam. But for some reason the name "Black Watch" really intrigues me.......
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On the Pamdaam, Beach Juice would be complimentary at all times.
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Old July 28th, 2001, 01:12 AM
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Premier's SeaBreeze. Sorry to her she sunk. She was a beautiful old lady.
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Old August 4th, 2001, 12:53 PM
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If anyone is still checking...

Here's a link to the maritimesmatter.com site with some last pictures of the Britanis.


http://www.maritimematters.com/britanis.html
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