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Passengers on the Diamond Princess: the Japanese authorities imposed a quarantine; with passengers and crew trapped on board, the virus spread rapidly throughout the ship … More cases of Covid 19 began to emerge on other cruise ships. Covid 19: World in Danger, Discovery 2020
She’s the most famous ocean liner in the world. Back in the day, she was the place to be seen. Now she has a new home in Dubai and a new life as a luxurious hotel. She’s a little bit of Britain with a royal heritage. Fighting her corner in the world’s toughest hotel market. But with a multi-million-pound refurb under way and a new team at the helm, will it be sink or swim for the QE2: the world’s most luxurious floating hotel? QE2: World’s Most Luxurious Hotel, Channel 5 2020
Bigger than Titanic, she’s six double-decker buses tall. As long as three football pitches and she sailed over six million miles before she was retired. ibid.
She cost almost half a billion pounds to build and is one of the largest ocean liners ever. ibid.
Friday brunch has become a big earner for Dubai’s hotels as it’s the place to celebrate and socialise. QE2: World’s Most Luxurious Hotel II
After four decades at sea the QE2 is embarking on a new journey as a floating hotel in Dubai. Now permanently docked, staff have spent over two years from flagship cruise liner to successful hotel. It’s a daily challenge to make it all work. QE2: World’s Most Luxurious Hotel III
Every Friday the hotel welcomes 250 guests, many of them ex-pats hungry for a taste of home. ibid.
Dubai has over 100 5-star hotels. ibid.
3,700 passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess are stranded on board when it is quarantined. Race Against the Virus: Hunt for a Vaccine, Channel 4 2020
The Great Eastern is an example of both Brunel’s ambition and his commitment to innovation. Almost 700 feet long, weighing 18,000 tons, she was six times longer than any other ship previously conceived. Brunel: Building a Great Britain, Channel 5 2020
It’s also an example of his lifelong overconfidence and his determination to exert complete control. The giant ship exposed the conflicts simmering within its creator. ibid.
The SS Great Britain is a technical triumph but never realises her potential commercial. In September 1846 a catastrophic navigational error sees the ship run aground. ibid.
‘The ships are 100% full. The containers are 100% full. You can’t get a container built. You can’t pick up a ship from the spot market. The whole container-shipping cycle is at absolute full pelt,’ exclaimed Jeremy Nixon, CEO of Ocean Network Express (ONE), the world’s sixth-largest container line.’ freightwaves.com, cited Keiser Report October 2020
In 2012, 2 years before the Great War, the grandest ship ever built struck an iceberg killing over 1,500 people. The tale of its sinking is legendary. ‘There are stories of heroism, how the band played till the end’ … But are these stirring tales of a heroic captain and crew actually true? Since the tragedy, Titanic historians have sought the personal papers of Lord Mersey, the man charged in Britain with investigating the disaster. History’s Greatest Mysteries with Laurence Fishburne s1e1, History 2021
170-foot propellers: the ship is the length or 2.5 football fields, and can ferry 3,547 passengers and crew. She is the largest man-made moving object on Earth. ibid.
At full capacity, Titanic’s lifeboats could hold just half the ship’s 2,240 passengers … Smith and crew may not have trained sufficiently with the lifeboats they did have. ibid.
He underlines, No Reduction of Speed. ibid.
At 9.20 p.m. Captain Smith heads to his cabin to go to sleep, handing command to his senior officer. ibid.
Titanic hit the iceberg; the crew shut the water-tight doors; and the ship came to a dead stop. But is that really what happened? ibid.
For 20 minutes Smith decides to keep the ship pressing forward at half speed instead of coming to a full stop. ibid.
Lord Mersey’s Inquiry led to crew changes in shipping, including more lifeboats, twenty-four hour radio communication and the formation of the Ice Patrol. ibid.
It is perhaps one of the most famous expeditions of the twentieth century: Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous mission to cross Antarctica. When Shackleton’s Ship Endurance got snared in polar ice, the mission became an all-out fight for survival. The ship disappeared beneath the ice … What happened to Shackleton’s lost ship? Can we find it? History’s Greatest Mysteries with Laurence Fishburne s1e2: Endurance – The Hunt for Shackleton’s Ice Ship
An expedition is heading into the frozen waters of the Antarctic. ibid.
Antarctica: the most extreme place on Earth. Temperatures reach 100 below. Wind whips across it at 200 miles per hour. This frozen continent surrounds the South Pole. It’s a vast land entirely covered in ice. Somewhere in these frozen seas lies the holy grail of ship wrecks: The Endurance. ibid.
Down here the water is so cold the wooden ship is likely to be perfectly preserved. ibid.
Flying in from across the globe is an international team of ship hunters, explorers and scientists. Two years in the planning and over $250m of cutting-edge technology. ibid.
‘The wind’s unrelenting. And the snow driven like needles into your face.’ ibid. Conrad Anker, explorer
The Endurance is completely stuck [Weddell Sea]. But she’s 550 miles from where she will finally sink. ibid.
Though the crew was trapped, they had reason to believe they would escape. ibid.
The Baltic Sea 28 September 1994: ‘The Estonia was no ordinary accident. It was a devastating disaster of unseen proportions that claimed many lives and left many casualties.’ Estonia I: The Disaster, Discovery Plus 2021, Lars Borgnas, journalist
‘The ferry disaster is the worst tragedy to hit the Nordics since World War II. 852 people lost their lives; 760 of them are still at the bottom of the sea.’ ibid. news
None of the cars were being tied down despite the high winds. ibid. driver
Just after midnight there were two extremely loud bangs. ibid. survivor
Yes, we have a problem. We’re listing badly 20 or 30 degrees. Could you come to our assistance? ibid. ship’s mayday
We were walking over the cabin windows. ibid.
One of the worst maritime disasters ever has happened in the Baltic Sea. Estonia II: Everyone Shall Be Salvaged, television news
So water was coming in through the front of the boat, through the door? ibid. television news dude’s suggestion to crew member
With time it became clear that there was a shift from salvage to no salvage. ibid. Henrik S Jarrel, former Swedish MP
Meanwhile, the diving company Rockwater is examining the wreck of the Estonia. Rockwater will evacuate if it is possible to retrieve the deceased and salvage the wreck. ibid. commentary
Some of them still had lipstick on, still fresh as they were two months before. So one by one pass them down. ibid. diving dude
Our conclusion at the time was that a significant amount of the bodies could have been recovered. We pinpointed 125 victims which we documented in our reports … We considered it to be salvageable. ibid. salvage dude
The agreement prohibits all diving on the wreck of the Estonia. It will take effect from 1st of July 1995. ibid. Caption
There must have been a hole in the ship. ibid. expert
The Estonia was no ordinary accident. It was a devastating disaster of unseen proportions that claimed many lives and left many devastated … There’s no room for suspicion or for hiding anything … The macabre idea was to cover the vessel. Estonia III: Something is Wrong, Lars Borgnas, journalist
It makes no sense to cover the vessel with concrete. ibid. Carl Eric Eriantamm