Saturday, December 19, 2009

All I Ask Is A Tall Ship And A Star To Steer Her By


The Rainbow Warrior (sometimes unofficially Rainbow Warrior II) is a three-masted schooner in service with the environmental protection organization Greenpeace. She was built from the hull of the deep sea fishing ship Grampian Fame, which had been built in Selby, North Yorkshire and launched in 1957. She was originally 44 metres long and powered by steam, but was extended to 55.2 m in 1966. Greenpeace gave the vessel new masts, a gaff rig, a new engine and a number of environmentally low-impact systems to handle waste, heating and hot water. She was officially re-launched in Hamburg on July 10, 1989, the fourth anniversary of the sinking of her predecessor, the original Rainbow Warrior.

She currently operates in support of the organisation's protest actions across the globe.

The Rainbow Warrior, piloted by skipper Mike Fincken, docked at the Legazpi City port in Albay on May 22, 2008 for her one month long "Quit Coal, Save the Climate" Philippines tour and campaign aimed to educate people on the effects of the use of coal on the environment, specifically on climate change. The tour proposed alternative energy sources such as geothermal and solar energy

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Really, if you are going to post about the Rainbow Warrior< you really need to link about the illegal bombing and sinking of the ship by the French Government in a NEw Zealand harbour.

A western Government committing an act of terrorism against the port of another Western Government? You'd better believe it.