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Whale Tail

The Whale Tail on Cruise Ships is Designed to Direct Diesel Exhaust Over the Stern and Away from the Passengers

You’ve undoubtedly seen the towering whale tail embellishing ships belonging to a prominent cruise company if you’ve traveled the oceans. The attractive and functional red, white, and blue funnel with fins on both sides. But do you know what this is for? On cruise ships, the whale tail is used to deflect diesel emissions over …

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Charles Joughin

How Did Charles Joughin Survive the Titanic?

The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner operated by the White Star Line that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. More than 1,500 of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard died, making the …

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How Many Bathtubs Did Third Class Passengers on the Titanic Have Access To?

A massive replica of the sunken RMS Titanic is currently being built. Titanic II is a planned passenger ocean liner that will be a working modern-day replica of the said ship. Building a working replica of the Titanic has been floated several times, most notably following the resurgence of interest following the release of James …

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What is the Real Story About the Elderly Couple Who Died on the Titanic?

While the director of the Titanic movie, James Cameron, may have taken artistic liberties in creating stories about the people aboard the so-called unsinkable ship, there are factual characters in the film as well. We see an elderly couple hugging on the bed as the ship sinks towards the film’s end. But did you know …

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During WW2, Ernest Hemingway used his fishing boat named after his ex-wife (Pilar) to hunt German U-boats in the Caribbean armed only with Thomson machine guns and hand grenades. He was given unlimited gasoline by the US government.

Pilar (boat) Location of the dry docked actual boat (At the Hemingway Museum, Havana, Cuba) Ernest Hemingway owned a 38-foot (12 m) fishing boat named Pilar. It was acquired in April 1934 from Wheeler Shipbuilding in Brooklyn, New York, for $7,495. “Pilar” was a nickname for Hemingway’s second wife, Pauline, and also the name of …

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Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless “boats” trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became “the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather”.

Henley-on-Todd Regatta Competition at 51st Henley-on-Todd Regatta in August 2012 The Henley-on-Todd Regatta (also called the Todd River Race) is a “boat” race held annually in the typically dry sandy bed of the Todd River in Alice Springs, Australia. It began – and continues – cautiously as a joke at the expense of the original …

Every year, a regatta is held in Alice Springs. Due to the lack of water in Central Australia, contestants have to carry bottomless “boats” trough a dried-out river. When the river did carry water in 1993, the regatta became “the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather”. Read More »