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2009 HUMOUR, RUMOUR & GOSSIP PAGE

Taking a look at the lighter side of Unsubstantiated  Maritime News, Gossip, Humour, Rumour & Comment!
QUEEN MARY 2 PASSENGERS SEE GHOSTLY A VISION OF THE FUTURE?November 21
An interesting letter appeared in the Liverpool Daily Post this week claiming that several passengers on arriving at Liverpool on board QUEEN MARY 2 on October 20 saw a large ghostly statue on the Liverpool waterfront near the Beetham Tower.

The writer claimed that the statue was of a long haired woman and was around 200 feet high and was wondering if anyone on the Birkenhead waterfront photographing the arrival of QM2 had seen the phenomenon as they claim it must have been visible from there.

The writer also wondered if the Merseyside author Tom Slemmen, who writes on paranormal activities on Merseyside would comment on the what was seen.

Mr. Slemmen did replied to the letter in the Friday November 20 edition of the Daily Post. He claimed what the passengers saw could be a "time slip" from the future, showing a structure which will eventually appear on the waterfront in years to come.

He further speculated that rather than being a "long haired woman" it was likely to be a statue of John Lennon which may be erected Statue of Liberty style near the Liverpool waterfront!

All sounds like a load of hocus pokus - but of course if you were down on the Wirral waterfront that day photographing the ship's arrival - might be worth carefully checking your photographs!

LIVERPOOL TO DUBLIN HIGH-SPEED SERVICE BY 2011?November 16
A message posted to the Brittany Ferries Enthusiasts Group suggests that a new company is interesting in starting a Liverpool to Dublin high speed service by 2011 offering freight capacity. 

Could this be the long awaited debut of bigferries.com or the Irish Sea equivalent of Euroferries? - Only time will tell.

Of course if anyone knows more ISS would be please to hear details!

PETER DÖHLE - MEZERON LINEOctober 25
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Mezeron Line (funded by their new owners Peter Döhle) have acquired a small container ship which will start to operate 3 days a week to Ramsey sometime soon - certainly before Christmas.

The vessel will take 24 containers, and it is believed that at least one Island transport company has already agreed to transfer freight to it which was carried by the Isle of Man Steam Packet.
HSS STENA EXPLORER & HSS STENA CHARISMA RUMOURJuly 26
Irish Sea Shipping has received details of a rumour doing the rounds in the Holyhead area concerning HSS.

It is suggested that when the HSS STENA EXPLORER  is withdrawn she could be replaced by the smaller HSS STENA CHARISMA sailing to Dublin rather than Dún Laoghaire.

MERSEY MAMMOTHMarch 15
There is a rumour doing the rounds that suggests following the recent decision to withdraw the last MDHC dredger MERSEY MARINER later this year - the next service vessel to be disposed of will be the floating crane MERSEY MAMMOTH a visitor to ports around the Irish Sea and further afield.
ABIGAIL HFebruary 22
There is a rumour circulating that the dredger ABIGAIL H which sank at Heysham during Autumn 2008 and which was subsequently towed to Fleetwood may be refurbished rather than broken up. Can anyone confirm if this rumour is true? Rumour turned out to be untrue - she was broken up at Ramsey.

 

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