A Cursed Ship?

Can a ship, boat or plane be cursed? Does it hold its own energy? Can it have some kind of "awareness" upon which it can act, or possibly be occupied by restless energies and spirits that somehow have the ability to manipulate events?

We only have to look at the legend of the alleged cursed James Dean car to begin to question the chain of coincidence.

The demise, abandonment and ultimate destruction of vehicles is an interesting topic. One can refer to luxury ships that have sunk, been left abandoned to rot, or towed away to a scrapper yard to be dismantled, piece by piece, and eventually recycled.

The airplane graveyard located in Arizona is home to acre upon acre of military aircraft. These aircraft were revered in their day and now, they sit pitifully awaiting their final dismantle and obliteration.

Junk yards where cars are piled precariously, one on top of the other. The once beautiful piece of machinery that proudly and smoothly pulled out of the showroom, sleek and modern, turning the heads of all admiring onlookers now rust away. No more the pride and joy of somebody's life, simply an eyesore.

Each one of these mechanical structures must have absorbed so many energies and emotions over their years of service. The places visited, the strong emotions of their passengers. Perhaps it was excitement, enjoyment and pure happiness from thousands of passengers embarking on a luxury cruise liner back in the day. The fear, tension and heartache from WW II bombers as they carried out their brutal air attacks. The possible energy entrapment from the last moments of an ill-fated driver and passengers as their automobile collided with devastating, and fatal, results.

Hocus pocus, weak argument or does it bear some further investigation?

Let me present some facts with regard to a vessel that we were personally wishing to purchase for restoration, renovation and to use as our Explorer ship as part of NEOSTALGIA tm.

R101 Oceanographer was a former NOAA Flagship with an illustrious career spanning over 30 years. An ice-class research vessel whose mission was exploration and discovery for the advancement of world science. Sailing over 2,000,000 nautical miles, she was truly an ambassador of the ocean. She sailed every major ocean throughout her noble career, where she made many goodwill stops during her navigation of the globe.

R101 Oceanographer was the FIRST US government vessel allowed to enter into a port in the People's Republic of China. Other notable achievements were her participation in the BOMEX Study during 1969 and DOMES studies in 1980.

In 1981, NOAA's pride and joy was placed in reserve and upgraded extensively through a major refit. The completion of the upgrades boasted installation of weatherfax, gyro, radar, GPS, salinometer, doppler and much more!

On 8 April, 1986, the grand old girl returned to service - fully loaded with her technologically advanced enhancements.

In 1989, Oceanographer was once again placed in reserve, but later returned to service.

And then ... the end of an era. During the 1990s, the NOAA Fleet modernization program went into effect. It was to be Oceanographer's final disposition with NOAA.

R101 Oceanographer had two twin "sisters". R102 Discoverer (whose post-NOAA days were just as disturbingly similar to Oceanographer, with which I am about to reveal ...) and R103 Malcolm Baldridge.

Above: R102 Discoverer and below R103 Malcolm Baldridge

The three "sisters" (all research vessels) were replaced with NOAAs "Ronald H. Brown". And so began the beginning of the end.