tinkll1 (tinkll1) wrote,

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The Long Vigil and Coincidence

The Porsche 911 Turbo S, aboard the NYK Line "Gentle Leader" was last reported in the Celtic Sea, having left the English Channel, Southampton and the Solent, passing by the very window of my friend, John Wright, in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The "Gentle Leader," was built in Gdynia, in 2008, just about the time Lin and I enjoyed a Baltic Sea Windstar cruise and visited Gdansk, about 10 miles away, and famous for launching Solidarity.

My German car is carried in a Polish built Roll On/Roll Off Auto transporter, managed by NYK Lines, a Japanese company that is the parent of Crystal Cruise Lines, and out favorite cruise ships, the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. It was the Serenity that took us from Venice through the Mediterranean, the Bosporus, Istanbul, the Black Sea and Odessa.

During World War II, Cowes was bravely defended by the Polish Destroyer, Blysawica, on May 4th and 5th, and the destroyer is preserved as a museum ship in the port of Gdynia.

Our very good friends, the Kadums live in St. Simon, Georgia, and the "Gentle Leader" will have to pass through Saint Simons Sound, pass beneath the Sidney Lanier Bridge to dock in Brunswick, GA, its next destination. It is scheduled to arrive on February 7th, which sounds about right at a speed of 14-17 knots.

I'm afraid, I don't know where she's headed from there. Porsche has a preparation facility in Baltimore, but it would seem that the ship should stop in Baltimore first, if its going there, before it heads south. Eventually, it must go through the Panama Canal to get to San Diego. I suppose I can trust NYK, once again, to see the Porsche safely into San Diego.
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