Saturday, November 17, 2007

Holy mackerel!!!

Video of the enormous cruise ship Voyager in cyclone Valentina on 14 February 2005. One of the coolest things about this video is that there is no crap announcer telling you what you are looking at, and neither is there a hick in the background saying "Bubba! It's tahm ta git in tha basement! Bubba! Yew come here raght naow!"

Seasick much?


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Woof! My guts are still churning from that!

I must say, you do a fabulous hick accent.

phlegmfatale said...

barbara - yeah, it was cool, weren't it? Why, thank yew!

g bro said...

Yuh-huh-huck!!! Here comes breakfast!

When you say "thank yew", you sound just like The Closer.

Xavier said...

Yeah baby! That's why I still long for my Navy days aboard the USS Midway. It was like a six year ride in the amusement park. We would search for typhoons to skirt so the fresh rainwater would wash the salt off the ship.

SpeakerTweaker said...

"Phlegmmy, promise me you'll hold on! Promise me you'll never let go!"


*Phlegmmy let's go*

Sorry, I couldn't resist the Titanic reference there. That looked like a wild ride!

Wonder what cruise takes you through a bloody cyclone. I may have had to ask for a refund.


Jeffro said...

Here is a video of what went on inside the ship. Lots of empty stomachs that day!

Anonymous said...

Bet even the crew were calling O'Rourke. I mean, they ain't used to playin' real sailors.

Know what makes heavy seas even more fun than they already are? Suckin' on a couple of greasy pork chop bones in the face of a weak stomached shipmate. Used to do that to my oiler. He'd take it about 2 or 3 minutes and head for the lower flats to get away from me.

phlegmfatale said...

g bro - sometimes cruisers puke in the sea. Sometimes the sea pukes on the cruisers.

And thank yew agin.

Xav - I can imagine how the sense of fraternity is cemented by all the cowboy-up-ing y'all have to do out there stuck on a big boat. Nice work, if you can get it. I just don't want to suffer a detached retina when a fake fingernail comes flying through the room at Mach 2.

Speaker -
*wimpy TWEET* (whistle)

'ceptin' I'm hocking that rock the a-hole gave me. You'll never see my knobby old toes climbing a deck rail in sub-zero weather, either. Thanks - I rather enjoyed that! :P

jeffro - HOLY CRAP! That's even woister - I (naively) thought the ship must have been empty. Sheesh. Hated hearing that little kid crying - it must have been terrified. I'll bet they all were.

myron - You tough guys have that reputation for a reason. Holy crap. I can imagine that the stiff upper lip is more fun when you're manning-up and getting on with it. I mean, choppy seas are just part of life, eh? Who's got time to whither into a little puddle? Not me. Bring it. That pork chop story is awesome - love ya for it!

Silver the Evil Chao said...

Man, I had Titanic flashbacks while watching that. And that's saying a lot, because I saw Titanic for the first and only time when I was 9. And I don't remember much of that movie. (hell, the only reason why I watched it was for the disaster-movie portion when the ship was sinking.)

Mom (Christina) said that it looked like a toy boat in a bathtub with a kid making splashes. I think the "kid" was a malicious little sucker that wanted to see how many people barfed in the ship before finally capsizing it.

Christina RN LMT said...


Reason 1,247 NOT to go on a cruise.

I thought that sucker was gonna capsize!

Lin said...

I'll pass on the YouTube for a number of reasons even though it looks tempting. Just found out that we have a limited download allowance. When you run out, they torture you at the stake for the next 24 hours - DAMHIK. The other reason is that I can yak up my much treasured meals at the drop of a hat or a hint.

Rabbit said...

I put a little tidbit on Xavier's comments regarding my adventure in rough water.

Decorum prevents me from cross posting. :D


DBA Dude said...

Got to love the power of nature, the inside shots looked pretty scary.

What amazes me is the steadiness of the helicopter - that is pretty skillful flying.

Attila the Mom said...

Holy crap! That's terrifying!

DAMN said...

I just watched this before you posted it. I'm obsessed with disaster video footage!

Kevin said...

Uh... how the HELL is a chopper staying airborne in/by a cyclone? I'd rather be in the ship, I think...

FHB said...

Was on a ship once in the Indian ocean, typhoon or something, where EVERYONE was sick or on meds, and they had plastic bags taped to all the passageways to you could ralph at your pleasure. It is a wild ride, and if you're medicated, it's fun as hell.

FHB said...

Patch behind the ear by the way. Works every time.

phlegmfatale said...

silver - Sickening, eh? Yeah, Titanic flashbacks - I thought of that, too

Christine - if the bedbugs don't git ya, the typhoons might

lin - good call - it's sickening to imagine

rabbit - I'll mosey over and check it out. His vids were even better

attila - I thought so!

mechuahua - great minds...

kevin - all in all, I thought the chopper pilot did a great job holding it steady

fhb - well, that was handy, at least. I'll bet they'd been through that before. Yuck! I'd HAVE to be medicated, probably, if I went through that.

fhb - wow - interesting. I've heard of that...

Anonymous said...

Hell, you got bucked harder than that on dry land a few weeks back. :)