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It has ocuured to me that with the Liners and Cruise ships being tied up due to the corona virus that perhaps they present an easy opportunity to help the situation ?
A cleansed vessel of such capacity with all the rooms ; all other life support systems ( Sanitary ; galley etc.and all other services ) could be easily converted in a short time with medical equipment ; lab ; staff and doctors along with necessary crew to make an ideal hospital ship to handle overfloe cases which are bound to arise . Quicker than trying to find some other solution when hospitals which are already overloaded become overwhelmend .

Just One Mans thoughts . Derek
 

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Already in the works. One MSN ship and two Italian large ferries are already in Genova as floating hospitals.
Thanks Stephen ; I thought I had a unusual though : others obviusly beat me to the punch . Glad to hear that some are making a positive move .
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PS any chance of getting / finding a print of the Mangla in the Hoogly
 

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Derek, that painting by Stephen's of the Mangla in the Hooghly is one of his very best. Full of atmosphere and just like it used to be. It will make a brilliant print.
 

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Just up on MSN US.

Trump has said that Micky Arison has made an offer to bring his ships to NY as floating hospitals.

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Derek, that painting by Stephen's of the Mangla in the Hooghly is one of his very best. Full of atmosphere and just like it used to be. It will make a brilliant print.
This sounds fascinating, but not sure if its in the right place. I'm guessing its a painting of a ship in the Hoogli? I'd love to see it.

With respect to the thread topic, I guess different countries are re purposing whatever they can as best they can, liners & ferries in Italy, Conference centres in the UK. In new Zealand we don't have the pressure on facilities YET & hopefully, having gone into lockdown relatively earlier than most countries, we won't need to, but already, unused airport hotels are being used to quarantine inbound travellers & I believe plans are afoot to do like wise to provide extra medical facilities if need be.
 

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Thanks Tony, a stunning painting full of atmosphere & wonderfully accurate looking at other images of the Mangla, I've not been that active here & was unaware of Mr Card's artistic prowess, something to look out for now.
Googling the Hoogli today makes it look a much busier & less attractive place, maybe some of that is down to Stephen's artistic skills.
Steve.
 
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