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Sunday, December 26, 2010

My next boat?

The Innespace Seabreacher (or Sea Breacher) is a two-seat submersible personal watercraft, designed by Rob Innes and Dan Piazza of the American company Innespace. It is the production model of the single-seat Innespace Dolphin.

This larger two-seat vessel is powered by an Atkins Rotary Marine engine coupled to a Hurth V-drive transmission.

The vessel's shape is based on the shape of a dolphin, and imitates a dolphin's movement.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Too stingy to buy a trailer?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What are you sinking about?

Love Love from julien berthier on Vimeo.

The Love Love boat was built to look as if it is sinking.

French artist Julien Berthier has designed a fully functional boat to look as if it is sinking. The 6.5m (21ft) yacht was cut in half with a new keel and motor added so it remains in the sinking position while being fully functional. He describes it as "the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object."

Berthier has taken the boat (or should I say half-a-boat) across the English Channel to London and has toured it around Europe, getting plenty of offers of assistance from unwitting Good Samaritans, who would presumably be either very annoyed or rather bemused by the contraption.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The ship that never sank


Part 1    Part 2    Part 3    Part 4    Part 5    Part 6    Part 7
Part 8    Part 9    Part 10    Part 11    Part 12    Part 14
Part 15    Part 16    Part 17

I've just discovered Robin Gardiner's book The Great TITANIC Conspiracy in which he unearthes a wealth of new evidence for his theory that the sinking of the TITANIC was a vast conspiracy, and that the ship that went down on 14th April 1912 was in fact OLYMPIC, TITANIC's sister-ship, and the sinking was planned as one of the world's greatest insurance frauds.

To the present day the most common maritime insurance fraud involves changing identities of ships. But tragically the planned staging of the sinking of Titanic, whereby other ships from the company would be on hand to rescue all the passengers and crew, went disastrously wrong and 1500 souls perished on the supposedly unsinkable ship's maiden voyage.

This book concentrates on the conspiracy, with evidence of why the White Star company intended to defraud the insurance company by swapping the identity of Titanic and the recently damaged Olympic in a collision with HMS Hawke, with new conclusive photographic and documentary evidence of the swap. The story starts with financier J P Morgan's takeover of White Star and the Royal Navy's investment in the company's new liners as potential troop carriers.

Following the Agadir crisis in 1911 Morgan began to ship gold and other treasures back to the safe haven of the US. The pressure on White Star to make up the cost of the damage to Olympic, which the insurance company would not cover, through swapping the identities of Olympic and Titanic, was also the opportunity for Morgan with the collusion of the British government, to quietly ship GBP8 million of gold to the US.

But unbeknown to the government, the gold was spirited away. The subsequent staged collision with the iceberg went horribly wrong as those in charge of Titanic completely underestimated the scale of the panic and the ensuing disaster as the ship quickly sank and the rescue boats failed to arrive became a disaster that would reverberate around the world.

This gripping account recounts the author's theory on the whole build up to the disaster and its aftermath in which all parties were involved in collusion, conspiracy and cover-up on an unprecedented scale. Is it true or is it fiction? Only the reader can decide.