[Public-List] Bluenose II, Virginia comment not crass

Gordon Laco mainstay at csolve.net
Sun Jan 23 19:09:21 PST 2011

No offense taken, Jim!

In my business I deal with many historic vessels, sail training ships and
nautical museum operations.   What separates the successful ones from the
failures is understanding that building the ship/schooner/yacht/etc is just
the beginning.  There is a rule about expenses involved operating a sailing
vessel that has held true for centuries:  one must expect to spend the cost
of the original construction/acquisition of the vessel every twelve to
fourteen years in order to maintain her in service.   (Strangely enough this
rule is one that also applies to highways, so I was told a while ago by a
government official)

Gord #426 Surprise 

On 23/01/11 3:34 PM, "Jim Davis" <a30240 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> Michael said
> "BTW Gord, I didn't mean any disrespect by adding that comment about needing a
> good trust fund to keep up the Bluenose II. I guess that was kinda crass, like
> saying I wonder if the folks in the states have a maintenance fund for the
> Statue of Liberty."
> Ain't it the truth,  Without a good funding base, excellent PR and a very
> visible public mission, these ships will just disappear.  Look at the trouble
> the Virginia is having.  There are several other quasi government and museum
> ships in trouble as well.
> http://hamptonroads.com/2009/12/money-woes-ground-operations-schooner-virginia
> http://hamptonroads.com/2011/01/supporters-see-schooner-virginia-downtown-draw
> http://hamptonroads.com/2011/01/signs-hope-aboard-virginia
> http://www.seahistory.org/html/onaleeshore.htm
> http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17122473?nclick_check=1
> Jim Davis
> S/V Isa Lei
> CT 35
> Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for
> war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.
> Ulysses S. Grant
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