[Tweeters] Cruise ship question

Denis DeSilvis avnacrs4birds at outlook.com
Fri Oct 20 09:24:52 PDT 2017

Perhaps I'm misinterpreting your note. If so I apologize in advance.

In my story about the US Navy ship (it was the USS Nassau (LHA-4)), the fresh water washdown was to wash off the salt and other crud that the ship picked up while transiting from Norfolk to Fort Lauderdale. It wasn't done to provide water to the birds, which, I believe, were just opportunistic: they saw a large mass with water on it and landed.

Navy ships routinely undergo wash-down procedures, especially before entering port or after many days at sea - helps keep corrosion at bay. I imagine cruise ships have the same maintenance procedures.

May all your birds be identified,
Denis DeSilvis
avnacrs4birds at outlook.com

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From: Linda Talman<mailto:linda.talman at gmail.com>
Sent: ‎10/‎20/‎2017 7:39
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu<mailto:tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Tweeters] Cruise ship question

Amazing fallout stories. I would like to know what cruise company it was and what they might have done to ease the way for the birds. The aircraft story made me wonder if the freshwater until they would get to land the next day might have helped. (They can adjust the speed to arrive at the same time at the next port - even with a detour.) Or is there another remedy?
A letter from an expert to the company - and maybe other companies as well - might be useful. And it would serve to have passengers become more informed.
Cruise ships are pretty responsive to concerns. Could a call or a visit to the main desk have prompted an appropriate response of the ship in a timely manner? Could the ship have moved closer to land sooner? And would that have helped? And could it be that the early morning wash down was actually a response to get fresh water to the birds?

The company would gain nothing but positive PR for a positive action - but what would the right action be?

Linda Z. Talman
PO Box 392
La Conner, WA

360 840 1714

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