- Aug 29, 2000
Today I think I had a close encounter with an Unidentified Floating Object. It looked like a large white shoebox with a point on one end, and something like white McDonald's golden arches lurching from amidships to the stern. At least I think it was a stern- it looked like the spoiler off an old Camaro and went soaring all the way up above the level of the bridge, only this WAS the stern end- and forming a square. This ungainly thing was at anchor off Newport R.I.- I nearly ran into the bridge oogling it in wide-eyed horror. Any idea what this thing was? I thought the Britannic was ruined with those unsightly deck cranes! I also am annoyed wth blue hulls, and RED hulls, even those acqua-green hulls of the old Cunarders make me squirm. Something just plain wrong about hulls not being black,with nice white superstructures and real funnels! Well, okay, Mauretania looked passable enough in grey- but a real ocean greyhound ought to have a black speedy hull, raked funnels (at least 2 please) and a shapely counter stern! I wonder when modern day builders will get the big idea? I just heard Horizon has dumped its Disco for a series of sedate faux Edwardian-style salons and repro antique furnishings-well, it's a start. Got any REALLY Ugly Ship contestants? Photos would be nice!