Denny's Daily Zinger: The Magic of the Internet and Google
Be a yacht spotter.
See where in the world that boat is floating.
Some hobbyists are train spotters and plane spotters.
I am a yacht-spotter.
What triggered this column was seeing Lady Sandals, a mega-yacht at Penn's Landing on the Delaware River.
I Googled Lady Sandals—135' and once owned by Nicolas Cage. Google supplied dozens of interior and exterior photographs of the ship.
At that same pier, I spotted McFarland, a massive dredger operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. I chatted with a member of the crew and was invited aboard for a tour the next day.
If You Are Interested in the Sea …
One of the grand websites for marine information:
- You can type in the name of a ship and you'll see its current locale anywhere in the world.
- Type in a port and see what ships are visiting.
- Click on any dot in the oceans map and see the ship.
Where was the late Johnny Carson's 130' Serengeti? Currently cruising Alaska waters and available for charter at $100,000 a week.
Maersk Alabama of Captain Phillips fame was in the United Arab Emirates and, sadly, a rust bucket in serious need of a paint job. This is a PR embarrassment, because the film made her Maersk's signature ship.
And Christina O—fabled playpen of Aristotle Onasis and Jackie Kennedy? Presently in England and available for charter: EUR 65,000 per day for 24 to 34 guests.
The Internet and Google are marvels. I can travel the entire world and never leave home. And it's free!
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