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People or Americans?

There's been about 780 through there, in total. Most were released under Bush, about 200 under Obama and one under Trump. Not sure about any more recent...

11 have been there since 2002, the most recent arrival was in 2008.


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I can't think of anything worse than being stuck on a boat with the same people/resturants/bars/entertainment, and the sea 🤮🤮🤮🤢🤢🤢....even the all inclusive on the Cuban island we stayed at that we wernt allowed to leave wasn't that bad...
Michael Palin in Iraq ...fascinating. some of my family lived in Iran for years and years until they were evacuated out....hope it covers Iran too
It's all becoming clear now...


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Some fairly weird stuff can happen with time and space when at sea ..... :eek:

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result.

The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0º 31' N and LONG 179 30' W. The date was December 31, 1899. "Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line".

Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship's position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed.

The calm weather & clear night worked in his favour. At midnight the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!
The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.
In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in:
Two different days,
Two different months,
Two different years,
Two different seasons.
But in two different centuries - all at the same time!


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The same thing happened on the turn of the millennium with the infamous 'bug.' In all fairness that was more about the 4 digit change than it was about whether or not there was a year zero.


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I'm only putting this pix up because it's such a good photograph (I'm presuming taken from a chopper.)
The Commando Carrier HMS Albion refuelling from RFA TIDEFLOW while conducting a vertical replenishment of solid stores from RFA RESOURCE in the distance. Taken in 1971.
RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) ships were all manned by Merchant Navy personnel. Their job is to support and supply the RN. They are not armed and in the event of conflict, are clearly prime targets. I had dealings with one in 1982 returning from the Falklands. Our second cook fell over in heavy weather and damaged the base of his spine, he was in utter agony. An RFA ship going the other way turned around and sent us a chopper to off load him. So he ended up going back to the Falklands, but the RFA ship had far better medical facilities than any standard merchant ship has. (Basically, none, except for a Chief Steward who's done a two week course on giving injections to oranges. :heyhey:}
Somewhere out there ... are a lot of very unhappy oranges ... :eek:



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It broke down just before we got picked up, so I'm doing the journey back to London on a coach...
I remember sailing on the Waverley in Scotland, I think from Largs, when we were on holiday as a kid.

Just after we set off I asked my grandad what would happen if a large piece of wood went into the paddles.

Sure enough about half a mile from getting back it broke down because some debris had got stuck in the paddles.