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Date: January 23, 2003 at 15:36:52
From: R. Dale Flick, [nr5-66-161-168-218.fuse.net]
Subject: Re: Steamboat fuels - cork life vests/Garbage at Sea.


Hi, Steve:

You can tell it's a cold day with the gang tied to their home or office computers. I think steamboats.org is setting a new 'posting' record. Sun but cold wind here in 'Rag Town.'

No, the topic of cork life vests is right on the mark and part of our postings--better than what those nasty, naughty, nimble fingers slipped in yesterday. I read several books on the LUSITANIA of WW I infamy. A year or more after the sinking, somebody was walking along the piers in a U.S. East coast city when they looked down and fished out a dirty, decaying life vest. On the one side could still be read RMS LUSITANIA. Must have been that circling Gulf stream. It wasn't unusual to look over the side of the ship in the middle of the North Atlantic and see things like a plastic CLOROX bottle bobbing.

The big Atlantic liners weren't concerned then with garbage or re-cycling. In the early evenings I watched them open those steel companionway doors and shove tons of garbage, cans and bottles down into the sea. Late at night, when everybody was inside, the engineers would 'blow' those huge funnels and you could see black smoke streaming for miles. We landed once on the old QUEEN ELIZABETH in England early in the morning. People ashore said, "Aye, we saw ya coming hours ago with that black smoke in the sky." Talk about dirty!
Cheers and great dialogue.
R. Dale Flick


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