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MaritimeMatters Exits Drydock

Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by

Behind the scenes at MaritimeMatters (SS EUREKA's walking beam engine) @Martin Cox

The MaritimeMatters site closed for a few hours on Thursday, August 3, 2011, for an annual refit, bottom scraping and inspection.  There are some navigation and style changes, updated categories, larger photographs and a wider column structure as well as a gallery.

Please excuse our dust as we rush her back out to sea before everything is quite complete.  There may be workers in the staterooms for a few days afterwards!

Best regards, Martin Cox


PS  The MaritimeMatters facebook page will remain open, of course  www.facebook.com/MaritimeMatters



10 Responses to MaritimeMatters Exits Drydock

  1. Justin Higner

    August 4, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Awesome!! Well, I hope she’s all ship shape for the journey ahead :) And there are always lingers-on afterwards. Just make sure she does not come out with a few ‘bombs’ hidden on board. Ever see the movie “Juggernaught”? Yeah.

  2. Martin Cox

    August 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the good wishes Justin. Already much has been going on behind the scenes, but the site will still have to go offline today, and when it comes back there may be extension cords in the dinning room, a hole in the buffet even a life boat missing!

    And yes, I wanted to be an extra in Juggernaught as they were casting from Southampton but was too young.

  3. John Hamma

    August 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hard to imagine that Maritime Matters needs anything. You’re always right on top of things. Looking forward to the shakedown cruise.

  4. Kenneth Eden

    August 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Funny how things seem to come around again. I sailed the MAXIM GORKY, only Russian ship I have sailed in – (albeit, German, on charter) – just before the movie Juggernaught was filmed – how soon before I do not recall. Theis ship has enjoyed a long, happy life at sea, well loved.

    Anyway, I returned a few weeks ago from what was to be an enjoyable cruise on a very new ship, only to find filthy carpeting, torn bed linens and frayed and ripped towels in the bath, ripped robes in the spa. Some times NIEUW is so new afterall.

  5. Kalle Id

    August 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Kenneth’s comment is interesting as all information I’ve read about using the MAXIM GORKIY in Juggernaut (have it on DVD) is that her filming charter took place before she made a single trip under the Soviet flag. Clearly then this was not the case. Which… is only interesting chronologywise.

    I’m liking the new MM look by the way. :)

  6. Kenneth Eden

    August 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Surely that would make sense, filming BEFORE a Russian charter. Can’t imagine cold War Soviet Russia letting anything like that happen – at least, not according to the dogma we had across the pond about the USSR back then.

    Oh, the things that went on during that cruise. If walls could talk! We had Borris and Natasha “doubles” on this cruise, Natasha was actually Ludmilla, the Borris guy, the one and only bar keeper on the ship. Wild, it was.

  7. Justin Higner

    August 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Well, all I knew was that it was bought from the defunct German-Atlantic Lines and, just before any sailings for the new Russian owners, she was chartered for the film. And it was a very impressive one–effects wise and the acting was good. I remember seeing the movie years ago and noting the odd smokestack. And it had a stellar cast ta-boot, including Anthony Hopkins, Omar Sharif, and Sir Richard Harris, among a cast of other good actors.

  8. Kenneth Eden

    August 8, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Just a cute aside – when I took the cruise, god awful young and slurping Stolis down like they were water, the glassware and china were still from North German Lloyd. I copped one double old fashion glass, with the three diamond logo and rimmed in heavy gold.

  9. Mage Bailey

    August 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    A very nice refurbishment, Martin. Thank you. :)

  10. Kenneth Eden

    August 12, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Love the new look, classy, as Maritime Matters is a class act.

    While we all await new ventures and sea treks, here is something my travel agent forwarded to me. If not of any value to people that do take cruises or crossings, it should be of interest to those that do.


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