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THESEUS entering Silloth. Strange foremast.

THESEUS entering Silloth. Strange foremast.

THESEUS entering Silloth docks July 2010. Strange looking foremast! any suggestions?

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Theseus came to Carboneras, Spain late last year. The mast is an extendable pole from which a fuel saving kite is flown. It's a complicated apparatus, and when it's in operation it looks like a huge parachute hovering about 150m above the vessel. Notice the two extra windows looking upwards from the central bridge windows. The Captain said that it really works, I think he said it gave something like 30% saving on fuel costs. He even had a minicam picture taken from the chute looking down to the vessel. Impressive stuff!
 

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Spot on guys. I have posted a picture with mast extended. The crew say she will do 9.5 knts with no engine in right conditions. This last fortnight in the Irish sea should have suited them!
Neil
 

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Paint scraping fit if the port side is as tight. Reckon it would make you look twice if you spotted it with a kite flying.
With the summers we get it should be nil fuel all year.
Crawford.
 

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Makes me wonder what the sonar operator on a sub would make of her as she passed at twenty knots and no propeller
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Crawford.
 

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Rather a tight squeeze but in she went, what a grand shot of her Anchorman, an usual visitor to our port with the unusual featured mast come sail, would have loved to see it in action.
 

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A stormy day when she arrived. Some technicians working on sail next day. Hopefully will be a thing of the future.
Regards.
Neil
 

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