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Saturday, November 21, 2009

An unusual craft in the Port Docks

Dusk was settling in on a rainy Friday evening yesterday when Laurel called and told me I had to see what was docked over at the port where the cruise ships come in. It was "futuristic," she said. I got there as fast as I could with the light still fading, but wasn't sure if I was allowed to take photos, and neither was the guard on duty. So I snapped a couple of them from behind the chain link fence. You can see there's an additional fence between us and the ship. This is standard security now, as the the dock is used for many types of ships. When I asked what this vessel was, the guard gave an answer that suffices for so much these days, "You can google it." Which I did. Here you have the web search results and the image results.

The "How Stuff Works" link is especially interesting. (VP, I hope you had nothing to do for the rest of the day.)

When I zoomed the image, I found this interesting bit. It says, "Wine Tasting." I don't know if this was left over from the last cruise ship, or whether our men and women at arms were being offered the bounty of Oregon's vineyards.


Vogon Poet said...

The last thing I wish is to boast about my military knowledge, but I recognized this ship at first sight.
Very interesting catch, it would be interesting to see it moving, it is an extremely fast craft!

Stine in Ontario said...

Fascinating, one of the benefits of living on the West Coast. Nothing like that in the Great Lakes. ;-)

Wine tasting? Does make one wonder. LOL

cieldequimper said...

Just like for VP, somehow I knew you would like the tug post. The Abeilles are high seas tugs, which explain their size. They have saved French coasts from many a chemical or petrol disaster over the past 20 years and as you can see, the Atlantic can get a bit wild... ;-)
Now to this craft. I have no knowledge whatsoever of military craft nor am I particularly interested in them, yet I would have been like you, piqued by curiosity! It does look *very* military. The wine tasting is a hoot!

Jacob said...

Vogon Poet is too damn smart. I was in the U.S. Navy and knew nothing of this. Of course, when I was in the Navy, all the ships were still made out of wood! Hah!

Great find there in Astoria, Sheryl. And thanks for the Google link and the photos.

Amy said...

yes it does look somewhat futuristic doesn't it?

Lee Spangler said...

Gosh of all things Amazing what you come up with. What is that darned thing doing in Astoria. Are the Canadians invading?

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