The pictures that have emerged recently of the lovely Ocean Countess drowning in a thick grey smoke as the flames engulf her are awful. If you think of the love, life and energy that was once contained within her as passengers sailed around the world – it’s actually quite sad!
The same goes for the Costa Concordia, Titanic, Sun Vista, Achille Lauro, Norway, Canberra, Olympic, Oriana, Normandie and so many others. They all in one way or another came to a pretty rubbish end.
These ships were once such magnificent vessels. They gave people so much pleasure and allowed them the freedom to see the world then at the end of their life, the ones that didn’t catch fire or sink, are nothing more than scrap pieces of metal. I suppose there isn’t really a lot of choice other than to dismantle them, but wouldn’t it be nice if they could be melted down and be re-born as another vessel? It must be possible in a way! Expensive I am sure but imagine the history and talking point of that specific ship! Amazing!
Thankfully none of the vessels I have sailed on have met their end, but one or two are probably not too far from it and then what? No more life left in them, no love, no energy, nothing other than an empty shell, but one that contains the secrets and stories of so many years that have gone by.
It’s like at the beginning of the movie, Titanic where Rose is shown the images of the vessel on the ocean bed. She begins to tell her story and all is brought back to life. You can feel the emotion. I know it’s a movie before anyone comments, but you really do feel it and as those images come to life in full colour you are excited at the prospect of her being reborn.
I know it’s not possible to save them all, they reach their expiry date and something has to be done, but it would just be nice if now and again one of them could be transformed. We managed to save the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth 2 so why not others? They don’t have to become hotels, they don’t even have to remain as recognisable ships on the water, just do something with a few of them that’s different and keeps them alive in one way or another.
I have no idea what I am trying to achieve with today’s blog or where it’s supposed to going, I really don’t. It was just something I was thinking about yesterday and I felt like I had to write it all down so I did and this is what you have.
One thing I do know is that we could easily recycle the features from the old vessels if someone would choose to once again build a traditional passenger ship. Give life to something new from something old that was once full of character and charm. A ship that was at the very heart of what we called modern day cruising 20 or so years ago! – We might not have the physical ship left with us, but at least something would still be living on through another!