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Alaska Marine Highway System
Work Set to Start on Nicaragua Grand Canal
Carnival Legend Kicks Off Australian Cruise Season
Old Glass Negative of Ship Aground off Cape Spartel

One of the most attractive looking fleets in the world, in my opinion, is that of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), operated by the government of the US State of Alaska with over 3,500 miles (5,600 km) of routes.

The service dates back to 1949 but was incorporated in its present publically owned form in 1963. The ships are named after Alaskan glaciers and have a unique and extremely smart dark blue colour scheme.

Nexth month, work is to start on a new canal in Nicaragua linking the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

The canal is due to be completed in 2019. The work on the Interoceanic Canal of Nicaragua, also known as the Nicaragua Grand Canal, will begin at the mouth of the Brito River in the Rivas department.

Australia’s biggest ever cruise season got underway with Sydney staging a spectacular welcome to mark the maiden arrival of Carnival Cruise LinesCarnival Legend.

In keeping with its name, the 88,500-tonne ship enjoyed a legendary entry into Sydney Harbour with the Australian Girls Choir performing a medley of well-known Australian tunes, along with the American and Australian national anthem, with 3,000 guests and crew singing along.

Captain John Cox, Chairman and CEO of the Black Ball Ferry Line, was in touch with me recently. His son in Tangier (Tanger) had sighted an old glass negative of a ship aground off Cape Spartel.

Cape Spartel is a promontory in Morocco 300 metres above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, circa 12km from Tangier. Below the Cape are the ‘Caves of Hercules’. There is no date on the photo and the identity of the ship is unknown, but she may be a Mediterranean coastal passenger vessel.

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