On Sunday night, Non-Government Organisations (NGO) ships assisted a vessel containing 400 illegal migrants in the central Mediterranean, between Libya, Tunisia, Italy, and Malta. This was announced by the French organisation SOS Méditerranée. The Soros-Microsoft sponsored body taxied to Europe another 200 people on Saturday and now has 450 migrants on board, the AFP agency said.
The sinking of the French ocean liner SS La Bourgogne on the morning of 4 July 1898 was one of the most disgraceful of disasters in maritime history due to the cowardly and criminal behavior of the crew. Instead of the heroic sacrifice that has often been the shining moment in such a terrible tragedy, the crew of the steamer “fought like demons for the few lifeboats and rafts”, drawing out their knives and threatening passengers with it. Out went for a toss “Women and children first!”, famously established by the soldiers of the sinking Birkenhead, half a century earlier, and by the crew of the Titanic fourteen years later. Only one woman passenger from La Bourgogne was saved, and all children perished.
She was Italy’s one and only Blue Ribband champion. The renowned Blue Riband was coveted by the great shipping companies of history being awarded for passenger-carrying liners making the fastest crossings of the Atlantic Ocean.
How often we relax to the Hispanic melodies of Isaac Albeniz. His Rapsodia Espanola, Sevilla and Granada, based on Catalan folk songs, are perhaps the better known of his many compositions. These lovely melodies evoke the Spanish dream more than could any Goya painting but what of the man behind the music? Like most composers his life was as notable as was his music.
In the late 1970s, the then STAR newspaper described Michael Walsh as ‘Britain’s most dangerous man’. Unless one can identify with the mindset of a far-left journalist it is impossible to figure out why such an extreme expression.
The famous Italian diver Enzo Mallorca dove into the sea off Syracuse and in the water surrounding their boat, he was chatting to his daughter Rosana who was still aboard the boat. Ready to dive, he felt something slightly hit his back. He turned and saw a dolphin.
The less charitable might be forgiven for suggesting that the Reich cruise ship, MV Monte Rosa, might better have been renamed MV Karma. This beautiful 13,882 ton twin-funneled German passenger liner was one of pre-war Germany’s fleet of super liners. Built in 1930 by Hamburg shipbuilders Bohm and Voss, MV Monte Rosa was one of five sister-ships.
Thousands of economic migrants from North Africa and elsewhere are heading to Italy and Southern European countries do not have enough capacity to handle the crisis, leading them to plea for help from the European Union.
The French Line’s Normandie is one of few contenders for the title Greatest Liner Ever. She was a ship of superlatives: the largest ship in the world for five years, the first liner to exceed 1,000 feet in length; to exceed 80,000 tons; the largest turbo-electric powered liner; and the first to make a 30 knot Atlantic crossing.
Could the election threatened Italian migrant loving leftist regime be giving the incoming right-wing alliance the finger before being ignominiously kicked from high office?