Introducing Gare Maritime


Philip Hind

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Hi,

I'd like to announce the launch of a sister site to ET called Gare Maritime.

I felt there was a need for a new site which looked not only at other liners but at travel in general through new articles, as well as in pictures and through home movies, which are a wonderful resource for illustrating journeys of the past.

Our launch issue is now up. I can categorically say that almost all the work is due to Jim Kalafus who has produced a stunning article for our first issue.

I hope very much that you will visit the site and, in time, contribute to it.

www.garemaritime.com

Phil
 
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Yes! Beautiful! Much adoration and praise for the website, Mr. Jim! Compliments come spilling forth - although I'm not sure how to word them. Other than to say that this is a beautiful and long overdue site - and that I can't wait for Normandie's Photographic Portrait to be unveiled. The community needed a site like this - and I know that this place will never, ever disappoint those who have come to the end of their rope on internet research.

So many things to say about how much this place is needed - so few words to put them in.
 

Mike Poirier

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Congratulations to Phil and Jim on a job well done. This certainly sets the bar for standards in research and presentation. There is nothing quite like it on the net or in book form.
Keep up the excellent work!
Mike
 
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I just wish I had more time to play with this morning to really go over all of it, but what I've seen so far looks good. The interest in liners among ET members has always extended well beyond Titanic and it's great to see a website dedicated to that set up by and contributed to by some really serious researchers!
 
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Hats off, and orchids to you and Jim! At last- an online tribute to the Golden Age of Travel, rich with vintage travel graphics, photos, film and great stories. I suspect there is no end to the material available-and this is the perfect forum to showcase it all. Bon Voyage and Best Wishes on today's launch!
 
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>Hats off, and orchids to you and Jim!

Yes, Orchids! Orchids, chrysanthemums, freezias, Baby's Breath (I always thought the real thing smelled like shrimp, personally) tulips, roses, cala lilies, easter lilies, lily lilies, violets, nasturtiums, mondo grass (mondo grass?), Cleome, bluebells, daffodils, irises, ixoras, forget-me-nots, delphiniums, geraniums, frangipani, four-o-clocks, blue-eyed grass, black-eyed susans, and hyacinths to everyone involved!

What about a lawn della robia and a couple rose trees for good measure?
 
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Andrew Williams

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To Phil and Jim,

Deepest apologies gentlemen as I haven't fully explore all of this new site to E. T.

My sincere congratulations to you both.

A.W.
 

Jim Kalafus

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Thank you to everyone who has posted and sent emails~ what can I say, other than that it is all VERY much appreciated!

I would like to take a moment to thank some ET members who~ since last November~ have given a great deal of support and assistance to me/us as the Morro Castle article grew from a trim 20 manuscript pages to a rather elephantine 164, before "compressing itself" to the current 110 or so. Marty Oppenheim was the first to come aboard, so to speak, and in addition to being an excellent "sounding board" through all stages of development also did first class research work and helped me piece together the still unfinished- will it ever be finished?- fatality list. Brandon and Linda McKinney provided some MUCH needed editorial advise at a point where even I suspected that the manuscript was bogging down~ and when one reads one's own work and thinks "This is too wordy and is going nowhere in many places" it is always nice to have a bit of brutally honest, but accurate, input to confirm one's suspicions. Thanks to Anthony Cunningham for allowing me to quote generously from his Dolly McTigue interview. A bit of shameless plugging here~ click on the Amazon link and buy his book; the other survivor interviews are just as good. Harald Advokaat and Kyle Johnstone, two friends I made here on ET during this project proved to be helpful allies in a number of contexts and, I am sure, will prove to be long term friends of Gare Maritime. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Hildo Thiel for compiling the various Mohawk survivor and fatality lists in to one master list that now is as accurate as we can make it!

>I can categorically say that almost all the work is due to Jim Kalafus who has produced a stunning article for our first issue.

Thanks, Phil, but I had the FUN part. You had to deal with 300-400 photos; a manuscript that expanded and contracted on an almost daily basis and which-in a few places- was initially so obtuse that I who wrote it did not quite understand what I was trying to say, as well as ET and your job and outside life. I'd be remiss if I did not say, in a public forum, that your work was always appreciated and that I am beyond pleased with the result.

And, special thanks to Mike Poirier, with whom I have embarked on any number of projects of which I am proud! He has been, throughout, a great researcher and a great friend, and whether it was embarking on bizarre maiden voyages, uncomplaining 10 mile treks with pneumonia, or harassing gang members in Bridgeport, the end result was (literally) always something to write home about! He gave a huge amount of help in the latter stages of this project, for which I say "Thanks! The Ray's Original Is On Me."

I currently have several articles in the works, which will appear in Gare Maritime over the next few months. Most have nothing to do with death at sea (I am not 100% "Dark Side") and~ I hope~ will have broad appeal. I also hope that those of you with a story to tell, or photos to share, will come aboard ASAP!

Once again, thanks to all of you who have offered comment, and to those who have read issue #1.

>What about a lawn della robia and a couple rose trees for good measure?

Throw in a trivet inscribed with "Footprints in the Sand," an autographed photo of Bonnie Franklin to replace the one I so foolishly gave away, and the CD Single of "Christmas Shoes" and you've got yourself a friend for life!
 

Inger Sheil

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I've been looking forward to the sister site since I first heard it was coming down the slipway, and now it's out of the graving dock I look forward to reading all this wonderful new contact. Congratulations Phil and Jim on the material already up there, and on the wonderful, limitless potential it represents.
 
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>Throw in a trivet inscribed with "Footprints in the Sand," an autographed photo of Bonnie Franklin to replace the one I so foolishly gave away, and the CD Single of "Christmas Shoes" and you've got yourself a friend for life!

Ok. I'll try. Let's see. I'll take one of our trivets... find some of those 70s foot shaped felt cut-outs, hot glue them onto the trivet with a handwritten note that says "Ack! Somebody walked on the beach! Footprints in the Sand! Beach erosion!"... Bonnie Franklin? I can find her picture online and I'll print it out and just sign it for you... And I'll get some red shoes, tape a christmas tree to them and stick a CD into the place you put your foot in (what is that called?!?)

How's that?
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I have a question, Phil. What does the "Gare" in "Gare Maritime" mean or stand for? I hope this isn't a stupid question to those in the know! I even looked in the dictionary and could not find it. Also, perhaps you would like to explain how you came up with the name for your new site. I would find it interesting, even if no one else does!
Thanks,
Mary Ann
 

Philip Hind

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Hi,

Not a stupid question at all. It is French. La Gare Maritime is the station where the boat train arrives. As the starting point for many an interesting journey it seemed appropriate.

Phil
 

Mike Poirier

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I continue to be amazed at what a wonderful site GM is. I really don't think there is anything like it on the net.
 

Jim Kalafus

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NORWAY: Long before Greenpeace stepped in and she was declared an environmental disaster, the Norway ex France was far from eco-friendly! Coming soon in Gare Maritime, a lovely series of annotated photos taken on the Norway's historic 1996 return to leHavre trailing both memories and a constant rain of grit and soot behind her!
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Jim Kalafus

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NORWAY: However, if you stood inside the cloud of toxins and photographed outward, the end result was an otherworldly quality- a golden glow- that gave the resulting shots the look of a fond memory recalled!
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João Carlos Pereira Martins

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Congratulations to Jim and Phil. The new site is great, although I haven't had plenty of time to explore it.

Best regards, João
 

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