Model Ships – Real Information

December 21, 2007

Some interesting Titanic facts:
  • Titanic carried 900 tons of baggage and freight
  • Used 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours
  • 825 tons of Coal consumed per day
  • Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors
  • Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic tragedy, died in Massachusetts on May 6, 2006, at age 99.

Or about the Queen Mary model ship – I went and saw her in L.A. Harbor;

WW II Service was manditory for all passenger ships able to cross the oceans. On 2 October 1942, Queen Mary accidentally sank one of her escorts, slicing through the light cruiser HMS Curacoa (D41), a 450 foot light cruieser, with the loss of 338 lives. Due to the constant danger of being attacked by U-Boats, the Queen Mary could not stop, or even slow down, to rescue survivors.

Or the rugged Earnslaw Vintage Passenger Steamship model ship, in New Zealand;

After near 100 year of service she is still doing several 90 minute runs a day.

One of my favorite sailing vessels is the majestic Bluenose II;

Like a ghost ship, in 1963 Bluenose returned. A replica schooner endorsed by Angus Walters and William Roué, Bluenose II was built in Lunenburg by Smith & Rhuland in yet another marketing venture. This time it was financed by Oland Brewery, built specifically to advertise their productswhile at the same time promoting Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, tourist appeal and business potential. In 1971 the schooner was gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia. In the years since then its role as floating ambassador for the province has been consistent. Looking back, not much has really changed in the eighty-plus years since Bluenose was launched in 1921. Both vessels have always represented a fixed time, place and way of lifespecifically, the great Age of Sail in Nova Scotia and the traditional seafaring existence of a maritime people.

I wrote the text for all of them. If you are intersted in Sailing and Power Vessels like I am, have a look!


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