12 September 2007

An Offense to the Good Name of Sailing



I found this image in the Wikipedia entry on sailing. It offends me.

I'm not even sure what I should say. Should I out the company that runs this monstrosity out of the dock every day? Should I write a letter to my congresswoman to let her know that putting an end to this travesty is more important than even steroids in baseball? Should I do some clever photoshopping and put a big red circle with a line through the boat on the image? Should I organize a posse to go to Le Havre and TP the beast?

What would you do?

18 comments:

Zen said...

What a monster!!

Litoralis said...

I edited the Wikipedia entry.

EVK4 said...

Now that is Action. "it is not really a sailing vessel, but it does have sails".

BRILLIANT

Litoralis said...

I also added a citation to this post.

Christy ~ Central Air said...
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Christy ~ Central Air said...

Wait - someone just photo-shopped a series of masts onto a Carnival Cruise Ship... right?!

What a trippy (and I agree, *infuriating!*) photo.

~Christy~

Tillerman said...

Well done Litoralis. Wikiality is reality. Truthiness rules.

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Zen said...

Too bad that does not work on other things as fast...

Anonymous said...

What would I do? I would exhibit the tolerance of all things, no matter how repugnant, that San Francisco is famous for! I would embrace this ship as a fine example of maritime diversity.

Litoralis said...

Wikipedia entry edited again to take into account the comment above.

EVK4 said...

From Wikipedia Discussion:
Okay. Here's the story... Someone got their panties in a wad and put up a post at blogspot about how the Club Med 2 is an offense to sailing. Someone else took it upon themselves to edit the caption and add a link to the blog post. I removed the picture and the caption thinking that was the easiest thing to do. Not good enough, evidently. The image and link are reposted with slightly different caption. I just removed the link. I think the blog post easily falls under WP:EL's description of "links to be avoided" for a variety of reasons. To cite one in particular: "Links to blogs and personal web pages, except those written by a recognized authority." -- Ben 14:23, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

EVK4 said...

My deleted comments above should say:

Well, this post and litoralis' brilliance caused one of the moderators to edit the article and remove the picture. Power to the People!

Litoralis said...

Wait...aren't you a "recognized authority" on what constitutes a sailing vessel?

bonnie said...

"Illustrates the allure of the romance of sail"?

Does an even better job of illustrating why major cruise ship companies should stick to illustrating the romance of ocean liners. Of course that...uh...thing is also a great illustration of how unromantic the modern ocean liners are, too. It's like the designers sat down & said "OK, how can we send people to sea without actually scaring them by making them feel like they are actually at sea?"

Although I do have to admit it's kinda cool watching the newest ones, with the bow thrusters, leave the cruise ship terminals. Look ma, no tugboats!

Litoralis said...

Hey...that was my line ("Illustrates the allure of the romance of sail"). What I was trying to convey without writing it all out was that people are so attracted by the idea of sailing that they will choose to cruise on a ship that has ridiculous looking masts and sails, just to say that they have done it.

Tillerman said...

This is war. Some dude at Wikipedantica is questioning Edward's authority? How dare they? His is one of the Top Ten Sailing Blogs on the planet. There was some authority somewhere that said so. That's the beauty of truthiness. If you can find it on the Internet it must be true.

I call upon all sailing bloggers to follow Litoralis's lead and to go and make subtle but subversive changes to every entry on Wikipedantica that has anything remotely to do with sailing.

Actually I kind of like the line in their sailing article about not putting anything in the head that "hasn't been digested at least once".