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The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:04 am

When I lived in LA, the QE2 was a yearly visiter and the QM2 visit there in 2006. When I live in San Diego there was at least one Nimitz class carrier in port, most of the time. Now that I live in Norforlk VA we have Nimitz class carriers most of the time and the the Carnival Victory visit time by time, and the Disney ships come here to get dry dock.
So what the most impressive that moore in your home port?
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:08 am

Well as I am 500 plus kilometres from the sea and 1,800m above sea level I would have to say the A380.
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:23 am

The Queen Mary is docked here in Long Beach. I've taken several tours of her. Very cool!  Cool
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:00 am

Probably the QE2 which built down the road at Clydebank and also visited North Queensferry on it's way to Dubai last month. Didn't see it though  Sad

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:07 am

Has to be Crystal Serenity

http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee141/swisstrip2007/CrystalSerenity3.jpg



http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee141/swisstrip2007/CrystalSerenityLidoCafe.jpg
 
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:23 am

The QE2 has visited the port of New Orleans before...too bad I missed her when she was in town. This was probably a year ago or so when she was on a world tour.

The port sees basically every type of large ocean going freighter, plus the cruise ships Carnival Fantasy and Norwegian Spirit. The larger Carnival Triumph will replace the Carnival Fantasy in 2009 for year-round, weekly sailings. P&O's luxury ship "Arcadia" is a yearly visitor, as well.
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:33 am

QE2 and QM2 arrived in Sydney a while back at the same time. Caused absolute chaos.

No doubt, QM2 is a beautiful ship.  Smile
 
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:29 pm



Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
what the most impressive that moore in your home port?

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being off-seas widely, the "impressive" ships are more modest and the "flagship" of the Zürichseedampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft is the "Linth" as shown here
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/ZSG_-_MS_Linth_IMG_0697.JPG/800px-ZSG_-_MS_Linth_IMG_0697.JPG
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while my favourite rather is THIS one :
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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/55/Stadt_Z%C3%BCrch_paddle_steamer.jpg/800px-Stadt_Z%C3%BCrch_paddle_steamer.jpg
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:34 pm

QE2 visited Cape Canaveral once and we even saw a Royal Submarine.

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:10 pm

Well I live in the high desert near Reno Nevada so that would make the list pretty short. I once did see a small ship (2000 tons or so) named "Resolute" in the Oakland Creek Channel and it showed a hailing port of Reno Nevada. I'd be surprised if it had ever made the journey though. There are a number of very nice yatchs in southern California that also hail from Reno, none of which has ever actually been there.

Oh there is the old legend of the USS Eldridge calling at Fallon Nevada but...
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:38 pm

Here in Milwaukee it was last weekend with the USS Freedom:

http://www.dlund.20m.com/images_newer/LCS092306d.JPG
Here it is up in Marinette still under testing.

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Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:39 pm



Quoting SlamClick (Reply 9):
I once did see a small ship (2000 tons or so) named "Resolute" in the Oakland Creek Channel

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When living far away from the "high seas" you have to be content on what you have. We in our schooltimes enjoyed to have the waves of those "steamers" coming over from just a hundred meters. I from age 5 onwards once per year was in the Mediterranean, but never as close as this to any kind of steamer when swiming. I however still remember when having driven around on Malta suddenly to have been in a kind of shadow, and when looking UP it was a big ocean ship towering above me ! I happened to be on the road beside a dry-dock and so happened to be below a 50'000 GRT ship .
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:46 pm

When I was in Singapore I saw the Seawise Giant which I believe was the biggest ship in the world at the time. I saw her after she had been hit by a missile and she was all burnt out. Still a very impressive ship and a hell of alot bigger than the frigate I was on.
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:43 pm



Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 7):
Zürichseedampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft

Say that 3 times quickly after a few drinks  Smile
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:12 pm

http://www.literarytraveler.com/downloads/auto_imgs/hi/delta_queen.jpg
Comes every year.

We're rather limited in what we get in you'd have to go up the Mississippi and the Ohio to get to Pittsburgh  Wink
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:20 pm

As for the ports of Oslo and Stavanger in Norway

Most of these ships are very big and that is why they are impressive to many Norwegians. When you place a couple of these ships into an harbour surrounded by small wodden houses you really see the size very well...



* SS Norway and Queen Ëlisabeth 2 used to drop by both Oslo and Stavanger.

* Most new Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cruiseships that has just been released from the yard in Finland visit the Oslo fjord in Norway on their way over the Atlantic to the Caribbean. It's a tradition that the cruiseline has in homage to the Norwegian history of the cruiseline.

* " Independence of the Seas " sails into the Oslo Fjord in Norway:

http://www.vg.no/uploaded/image/bild...g/2008/04/21/1208770652096_195.jpg

* Cruise ships " Aurora " and " Sea Princess " together in Stavanger:

http://mm.aftenbladet.no/multimedia/dynamic/00092/cruise_92517m.jpg

* MS Queen Elizabeth , MS Oceana and MS Seabourn Pride in Stavanger:

http://www.aftenbladet.no/lokalt/article654669.ece


* USS Wasp (LHD-1)

* HMS Invincible (R05)

Not so big, but pretty advanced - The Norwegian Navy:

* Skjold class patrol boat ( Fastest warship in the world )

http://gallery.kitmaker.net/data/20510/Skjold_101.jpg

* Fridtjof Nansen class frigate:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:FR_KNMFN.JPG
 
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:24 pm

Whenever the "Battleship of Texas" on the San Jacinto Battleground is impressive, the "North Carolina" off Wlimington as a have-been artillery man is absoletly impressing
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Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
Zürichseedampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft

Say that 3 times quickly after a few drinks Smile

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ehmmm, people here can say that even half a dozen GOOD drinks !! Cheeeeeers .... !
 
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:20 pm

Well having the Port of Miami less than 5 miles from my house and Port Everglades 22miles away just about every large impressive ship in the world has paided a visit to my home ports atleast once but the most impressive which I seen in two other ports in my life has to be this one. I dont know why but it just looks really cool.

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/SHIP_USNS_Mercy_lg.jpg
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Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:26 pm

In Fort Lauderdale?

Take your pick.  Wink
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:51 pm



Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
So what the most impressive that moore in your home port?

If you're looking for firepower instead of those wussy ships mentioned above, we have the USS Abraham Lincoln.

I also remember seeing the various cruise ships out of Port Canaveral when I was a kid. I also remember the blimp Fat Albert (although not really a sea-going vehicle)...

I've also seen the Freedom and Liberty, the two ships that pick up spent SRBs off the coast of Jacksonville after a shuttle launch to the ISS.
 
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:55 am



Quoting Smcmac32msn (Reply 10):

If that is a US Forces ship why all the international flags?
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:26 am



Quoting Andz (Reply 20):
If that is a US Forces ship why all the international flags?

I believe you will find they are signalling flags

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Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:48 am



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 21):
I believe you will find they are signalling flags

Okay, I saw what looked like the Scottish, Italian or French and Russian flags.
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:55 pm



Quoting Andz (Reply 22):

Okay, I saw what looked like the Scottish, Italian or French and Russian flags.

When a ship is coming in for a festive occasion, an order is usually given to "break out the bunting."

That means that all the colorful flags they have are all hoisted for decoration.
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:28 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 23):

When a ship is coming in for a festive occasion, an order is usually given to "break out the bunting."

That means that all the colorful flags they have are all hoisted for decoration.

Exactly, they didn't have all the flags up in Milwaukee, but I believe that while it was being built, they had all the flags of the "free" countries hoisted up on the guy-wire. In Milwaukee the line was lit with lights. It was really pretty driving by the harbor at night.
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Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:24 pm

repeated as somewhat distorted above :
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Whenever the "Battleship of Texas" on the San Jacinto Battleground is impressive, I as a have-been artillery man found the "North Carolina" off Wlimington absoletly impressing
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Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
Zürichseedampfschifffahrtsgesellschaft

Say that 3 times quickly after a few drinks Smile

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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:46 pm



Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 14):
Comes every year.

Sadly, she (the Delta Queen) is being retired this year! She can no longer carry overnight passengers as she is made of wood and was operating under a federal exemption the is good through Nov. 2008. So this is the last year she will be operated and she will then be retired.

Sad.

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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:16 pm

Her Majesty of the Seas the QE2 gets my vote, along with Le France.

I went to see the QE2 in Civitavecchia as she was there yesterday. I got a good viewing of her. She looks like she is suffering from a serious case of corrosion. I took a good number of pictures I will see what comes out. I am just back from the trip.

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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:44 pm

Titanic visited my home port of Cobh in Ireland.It was the last stop for titanic before she sank.

Titanic leaving cobh

Or the independence of the seas

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Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:11 am



Quoting Eirbus06 (Reply 28):
my home port of Cobh

I visited your home port aboard the Navigator of the Seas a couple years back. We were the biggest hotel in town for a few hours.

Beautiful place!
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:45 pm

Another impressive ship ( size wise atleast ) was the USS Saipan visiting Oslo in 2005, attending Norway's 100 year independance celebration.

Fleet commander Donna M. Looney and 1800 American sailers visited the city



See a few pictures here:

http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article1054210.ece
 
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Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:10 am



Quoting Tugger (Reply 26):
Sadly, she (the Delta Queen) is being retired this year! She can no longer carry overnight passengers as she is made of wood and was operating under a federal exemption the is good through Nov. 2008. So this is the last year she will be operated and she will then be retired.

Sad.

Tugg

Agreed. I hope she finds a good place to retire to, where she'll be visited, even if she can't ply the rivers anymore.

I remember when the Chaperon visited Pittsburgh back in the 1970s. That was close to end of her operational life, too, and I don't know what became of her. Not saved, I fear.

That leaves the Gateway Clipper Fleet's Majestic as the biggest thing here, I guess.
 
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:20 am



Quoting Ktrick45 (Reply 31):
Agreed. I hope she finds a good place to retire to, where she'll be visited, even if she can't ply the rivers anymore

She's in drydock in New Orleans right now, waiting to see what the future has in store for her. Doubtful she'll be a tourist boat due to her layout.
 
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Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:12 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 32):
She's in drydock in New Orleans right now, waiting to see what the future has in store for her. Doubtful she'll be a tourist boat due to her layout.

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Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:36 pm



Quoting Ktrick45 (Reply 31):
That leaves the Gateway Clipper Fleet's Majestic as the biggest thing here, I guess.

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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:58 pm

We have small grain and cargo ships call in Portland and Vancouver. We get deliveries of Toyota, Honda, and Huyndai cars, too. During the summer, I go to Collins Beach at Sauvie Island and see them sail by. Quite impressive. We do not have cruise ships call in Portland. There are also two riverboats that tour the Columbia River. During Rose Festival, we also get ships from the Coast Guard, US Navy and Canadian Navy at the Waterfront on the Willamette River in downtown Portland.
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Tue Nov 25, 2008 6:43 pm

If I remember correctly, it was the Queen Mary. It made a short stop in my home town of Hamburg.
 
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RE: The Most Impressive Ship To Visit Your Home Port?

Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:11 am

I'm lucky to have a flat that overlooks The Solent so I get to see everything that comes in and out of Southampton:

http://matthew-taylor.fotopic.net/c1537782.html


That gallery includes all 3 Cunard Queens in a 24 hour period 14th and 15th June 2008!




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