[Tweeters] Cruise ship question

Linda Talman linda.talman at gmail.com
Fri Oct 20 20:46:27 PDT 2017

Well, I figured that the wash down wasn't for the birds. I was thinking
that the cruise ships and even the Navy ships might have learned someplace
along in their experiences -that when they wash down, they also provide
some fresh water for birds that have landed on the deck. And that
subsequently if they have a lot of birds on the deck, their routine wash
down would provide something good for the birds. Something that might
provide a holdover for them to survive till the next port - which is likely
in the morning. A simple announcement from the captain to be aware of
standing puddles and lingering birds would win them lots of friends and add
to the wild life experience of those many passengers seeking that.

I was hoping that if that actually works and it sounds like it does, it
would be good communicate with cruise lines and request that it become part
of their routine - should the occasion arise.

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 9:24 AM, Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds at outlook.com>

> 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


> Sent from my Windows Phone

> ------------------------------

> From: Linda Talman <linda.talman at gmail.com>

> Sent: ‎10/‎20/‎2017 7:39

> To: 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?




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> Linda Z. Talman

> PO Box 392

> La Conner, WA


> 360 840 1714 <(360)%20840-1714>



Linda Z. Talman
PO Box 392
La Conner, WA

360 840 1714

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