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The Nieuw Amsterdam arriving in the cruise port of Kralendjik, with a 18 ton whale impaled on her bow.
The skipper noticed a slight unexplained loss of speed, but no mechanical problems could be found. The whale had been dead for some time before being picked up by the ship's bow

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They didn't smell it??
On a ship I was on, we passed nearby a dead whale. The old man slowed down to inspect. It was the most terrible thing I ever smelled. The accomodation fans picked it up and spread it evenly thru the ship and engineroom.
 

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In the 1966 a friend of mine was onboard a German salvage tug (Bugsier company) and they were going from Europe to New York to tow back the passenger ship Hanseatic, she had been on fire.
On the way over to New York the tug collided with a large whale, the whale was impaled on the bow of the tug and she had to go astern to free herself. I saw a few of the photos that the crew had taken, the water was red due to the amount of blood from the whale, it was unfortunate but the whale died.
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Mentioned somewhere(another thread or as a comment)last month that P&O's Iberia had struck a whale, probably in 64.
Full astern would not remove it and reports on the grapevine suggested that top speed was being reduced to 8 knots.
It was wedged on there for 24 hours and the forward motion of the ship gradually inched it down the bow till it eventually fell off the bottom.
I doubt if the final outcome was as simple as that statement as no doubt great care would have been neccessary had it tumbled along the ships bottom towards her twin screws and rudder.
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Thats nothing Sea Princess..... we have a one armed fisherman in town and he caught a fish this big .........................................................) !

Oh , they get dafter & dafter !
LOL

Rick
 

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