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Titanic exhibition recreating ill-fated ocean liner opens in Perth

Posted December 11, 2015 19:ten:54

The Titanic's grand staircase re-created at the exhibition December 11, 2015.jpg Photo: The Titanic’s grand staircase has been re-created at the exhibition. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)

An exhibition that mixes life-sized replicas of components of the Titanic with period memorabilia associated with the famed ocean liner has gone on show in Perth.

Titanic: The Exhibition has been touring the world and has come to Western Australia for the initial time.

Developed by Picture Exhibitions chief executive Tom Zaller, the show mixes conventional displays of historic objects in glass circumstances with replicated sets of parts of the ship, which was famously billed as unsinkable but which sank right after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions, inside the first class corridor at the Titanic exhibition December 11, 2015.jpg Photo: Tom Zaller, CEO of Envision Exhibitions, inside the 1st class corridor at the Titanic exhibition (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)

Guests enter via a brief gangplank, stroll by means of the 1st-class cabins, the grand staircase, via the lower-class cabins, the boiler area powering the steam engines, the promenade deck depicted on a starry night and ultimately, up close to an ‘iceberg’, replete with sound and climate effects.

“We have recreated a enormous boiler room and you come in and you can smell the scent of the coal, you can hear the engines,” Mr Zoller mentioned.

“There is a little breeze on the deck as the ship rolls along. It is a small cooler in here and it feels like you are on the ship.”

In the subsequent room, the walls are adorned with photographs and contemporary newspaper reports that show just how the vaunted voyage went so horribly incorrect.

Crockery from the White Star Line, operator of the Titanic. December 11, 2015.jpg Photo: Crockery from the White Star Line, operator of the Titanic. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)

“They knew there was ice in the area they received ice warnings all day,” he said.

“They also got a telegram, which they called a Marconi-gram, but they have been too busy sending out messages about the massive party they have been going to have in New York when the ship arrived that they sort of disregarded the ice warnings.

“There was no moon that evening, [that] would have allowed the guys in the crow’s nest to see the water lapping on the icebergs.

“They also didn’t have their binoculars with them that night.”

The 'iceberg' at the Titanic exhibition is made of real frozen water. December 11, 2015.jpg Photo: The ‘iceberg’ is a 4-metre block of ice that guests are invited to touch. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)

This show is augmented with an artificial ‘iceberg’, a four-metre block of ice that visitors are invited to touch and think about how cold the North Atlantic was the night the Titanic sank.

Lastly, there is an exhibit that recreates the watery grave of the Titanic these days, informed by Mr Zoller’s firsthand expertise of seeing the wreck in a tiny submarine in 2000.

“I feel it is a human story,” he said of the 1912 story’s enduring appeal.

“We all have hopes and dreams and often issues do not go the way you plan.

“The film did not hurt either, men and women loved the film,” he mentioned of James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster.

The exhibition characteristics a couple of props from the film, which includes the necklace worn by Kate Winslet that held a large blue diamond called the heart of the ocean.

“There have been many props made for the film and you can get your picture taken with it at the finish,” he mentioned.

Titanic: The Exhibition is at the Perth Convention Centre from December 12 until February 9 and is a ticketed occasion.

The necklace named the Heart of the Ocean which featured in the movie Titanic at the exhibition. December 11, 2015.jpg Photo: The necklace named the Heart of the Ocean, which featured in the film Titanic, characteristics at the exhibition. (720 ABC Perth: Emma Wynne)

Subjects: history, library-museum-and-gallery, romance-films, perth-6000

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Sea Shepherd: Vigilantes of the ocean

Updated December 07, 2015 18:59:50

Map: Williamstown 3016

Meet some of the crew on board the Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin as they embark on their most recent mission – taking on illegal tooth fish poachers of Antarctica.

By Margaret Burin

Details on the outside of the ship
The Steve Irwin

Interesting details:

  • All meals on board is vegan
  • The pantry is filled with half a tonne of potatoes and 100kg of oranges
  • The crew needs 1,620 toilet rolls to last them three months
  • Each crew member is permitted to send one text-based satellite e-mail per day

The Steve Irwin is abuzz with anticipation.

A lot of of its 35-person crew have spent the previous a number of months living on board the 40-year-old ship although it’s been docked in Williamstown, west of Melbourne, for key repairs.

Now it will leave on its first mission in 3 years, targeting a crime syndicate accused of poaching overfished Antarctic and Patagonian toothfish.

Toothfish are often named Chilean sea bass or mero on leading-finish restaurant menus about the planet.

A 1,500-tonne catch can be worth tens of millions of dollars, earning them the name “white gold” in the fishing trade.

Operation Icefish 2015-206 will be the initial sea campaign for a lot of of the volunteers on board the Steve Irwin.

Their captain is Siddharth Chakravarty.

Steve Irwin Captain Sid Chakravarty

No one wants to come in and hit a ship that has a reputation of getting hit and not moving. So the much more you stand your ground, your reputation requires care of it.

Siddharth Chakravarty, India, captain

The Steve Irwin crew

The position of captain and a handful of other critical and hugely skilled jobs on board are the only paid roles.

Sid has been at sea since the age of 18 when he joined the Merchant Navy in India.

“There is people who are vets and physicians, carpenters, diesel mechanics and divers,” he says.

“It is not a little job to just get on a ship and take it down to Antarctica.”

Comms hand Maddie Rasmussen

We help the watch officers … so lots of navigation function, maintaining track of the radars, exactly where our position is, really cool stuff that I in no way in a thousand years believed I would ever do.

Maddie Rasmussen, QLD, quartermaster

Cook Chloe Kobel

In the galley everything’s donation, so I guess you just have to be creative and attempt and hold the nutritional demands balanced. We’ll be cooking 3 meals a day and a snack, so feeding lots of hungry hard-operating vegans.

Chloe Kobel, WA, second cook

Deckhand Bernd Mutz

Occasionally it is genuinely dirty work. But when you believe about the big image, to do this important work, it is all a element of the job to get this operation running.

Bernd Mutz, Germany, deckhand

Bosun Alistair Allan

My job is to be prepared, have the modest boat fuelled and everything in it, so that can Sid can stand up, knock on my door at 1am and say ‘get the boat in the water in five minutes’.

Alistair Allan, QLD, bosun

Deckhand Damien Rotella

We are fighting rust, painting, cleaning a lot for safety. If there’s a fire, it really is frequently since of a dirty place, and a fire on a ship is the worst factor that can occur.

Damien Rotella, France, deckhand

Engine room hand Leigh Acott

We function under the chief engineer, and fundamentally just do a complete heap of maintenance, what ever is necessary in the engine room. Our shifts are four hours on eight hours off, seven days a week while we’re at sea. So there will be people on the ship that I basically will not see for two months.

Leigh Acott, VIC, oiler

Engine room hand Kat Taylor

Cleaning out the bilge in the engine area, the really bottom of the ship where all the muck accumulates, that would have to be the most unglamourous job I’ve ever carried out.

Kat Taylor, VIC, engine room hand

The mission: Operation Icefish 2015-2016

Sid was on the final campaign targeting illegal toothfish vessels, a mission Sea Shepherd celebrates as a huge achievement.

It saw the Spanish-owned Thunder getting chased for 110 days ahead of sinking off the West African coast.

Bob Barker responds to distress call from Thunder Photo: Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker had been tailing the Thunder boat for several months and received a distress call from the vessel. (Supplied: Sea Shepherd)

Sea Shepherd believes the ship was deliberately sunk to destroy evidence.

“The ship I was on picked up 72 kilometres of fishing gear more than five weeks from two kilometres below the surface of the ocean,” Sid says.

“There was this monstrous net that was coming up from two kilometres beneath the surface sitting on a pristine ecosystem, bringing up crabs and smaller fish.”

Sid, who was captain of the Sam Simon, then had to rescue its crew.

“These guys have shown violence towards us they’ve hurled chains and metal objects at us and certainly they’ve sunk their ship due to the fact we’ve chased them so there is that notion of hostility,” he says.

“In the end there was nobody else available so below our obligations for the sea we had to choose them up.

“We prepped the Sam Simon for two hours, we had segregated decks, we had the cook put out meals for them, we place some tarpaulins up, and then I got the biggest men on the ship to all grow to be security guards.”

In October the Supreme Court of Sao Tome and Principe, an African island nation, jailed three Thunder officers for recklessness and forgery offences, and fined them 15 million euros for their operation’s pollution and damage to the atmosphere.

This most current Operation Icefish campaign aims to finish the job.

Which signifies for at least the subsequent 3 months, this is exactly where the crew will call property.

Cold weather suits and punching bags hang on deck
Painted passageways on board
The wash room sign
Inside the change room
The living area on board

The Steve Irwin crew aims to document, expose and shut down remaining vessels believed to be operating under international crime syndicates.

“I think toothfish are the sharks of the deep, so they’re playing a really important part in the ecosystem,” Sid says.

“And any illegality around them demands to be combated.”

As captain, Sid has a duty to hold his crew safe.

Fire training on the Steve Irwin
Cold weather deckhand suits hand in closet

But the nature of their work signifies security can not be guaranteed.

“A single of the things that is asked of the individuals is no matter whether they are willing to threat their lives to save the life of a whale, or a toothfish,” Sid says.

“To bring protection to marine life, you have to stand your ground.

Siddharth Chakravarty, captain

“That permits for robust and bold actions to be taken by the captains and campaign leaders.”

That frequently indicates standing his ground, in the face of much larger ships.

“Really often, it gets to a chicken game and they come straight at you and they attempt to nudge you out,” Sid says.

“To bring protection to marine life, you have to stand your ground.

“Nobody wants to come in and hit a ship that has a reputation of being hit and not moving.”

Subjects: marine-parks, conservation, activism-and-lobbying, williamstown-3016, melbourne-3000

First posted December 07, 2015 18:56:38

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Cavendish confirmed for Cadel Evans Fantastic Ocean Road race

Posted December 07, 2015 07:45:08

British cycling ace Mark Cavendish will start off his season at subsequent month’s Cadel Evans Excellent Ocean Road race.

Occasion organisers have confirmed the 30-year-old sprinter will compete at the January 31 occasion.

It will also be Cavendish’s debut with Team Dimension Information.

Cavendish is the third-most prolific Tour de France stage winner with 26 and he won the 2011 planet road race championship.

His final Australian race was the 2011 Tour Down Below.

Cavendish is the very first big overseas rider to confirm he will commence at next year’s Cadel Evans race and he joins Australian pair Simon Gerrans and Rohan Dennis as the headline names in the field.

He is also the second large overseas cycling name to announce he will race this summer time in Australia, but not at the Tour Down Below.

The Adelaide event is Australia’s only top-level WorldTour race.

We wanted cycling’s greatest names in Victoria and that is exactly what we’ve got.

Victorian Tourism Minister John Eren

Last month, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome announce he will compete at the February Herald Sun Tour in Victoria.

The confirmations of Froome and Cavendish are a huge enhance for the profile of the Victorian events.

It also continues a trend exactly where massive names accept lucrative contracts to race early in the season at non-WorldTour events.

World champion Peter Sagan, final year’s Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali and this year’s Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana will all compete subsequent month at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina.

“We wanted cycling’s biggest names in Victoria and that is exactly what we’ve got,” Victorian tourism minister John Eren mentioned in a statement.

“The top names belong in the state that does the big events greatest.

“We want the large sporting events in Victoria, simply because they mean jobs for locals and a stronger economy.”


Subjects: cycling, sport, geelong-3220, vic, australia

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Environmentalists urge Australia to send Customs ship to Southern Ocean

Posted November 29, 2015 16:40:50

The Greens and activist group Sea Shepherd have urged the Federal Government to send a Customs ship to the Southern Ocean to stop Japanese whaling.

Japan has announced it will flout an International Court selection and resume whaling operations in the area early subsequent year.

The International Court of Justice final year ruled that whaling in the Antarctic must cease instantly. At the time Japan stated it would respect the choice, but has announced it will start off once more.

Peter Hammarstedt from conservation group Sea Shepherd stated it was a bad selection.

“The current announcement by the Japanese whaling fleet that they will be returning south to the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary to unlawfully kills whales is an absolute finger in the eye of the International Court of Justice, and a slap in the face of the Australian Government,” he stated

The Federal Opposition has asked Government to raise the issue of whaling at subsequent week’s climate conference in Paris.

Environment spokesman Mark Butler mentioned representations ought to be made to Japan’s delegation at the meeting.

“It really is now incumbent on Malcolm Turnbull at the highest level to make quite powerful representations to the Japanese Government,” Mr Butler stated.

“I hope that he does that at one particular of the summits he’s attending in coming days.”

Greens senator Nick McKim said the scenario needed even stronger action from the Government.

“Get a Customs boat down into the Southern Ocean,” he stated.

“It is beyond time just for words and it is time for action and that’s why we need to have a boat down there gathering proof against Japan for future court instances.”

Customs boat a pre-election promise

Before the final federal election the coalition repeatedly promised to send a Customs vessel to monitor whaling in the Southern Ocean.

But in a statement to the ABC, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was non-committal.

“The Australian Government has created representations at the highest level to urge Japan not to resume whaling this year and to comply with its international obligations,” she mentioned.

“I have raised the Government’s concerns directly with foreign minister [Fumio] Kishida and discussions are ongoing.

“Australia will continue our efforts in the International Whaling Commission to market whale conservation and uphold the global moratorium on commercial whaling.”

Sea Shepherd’s Mr Hammarstedt supported the thought of sending a Customs ship to the location.

“Any assets could potentially be seized belonging to the Japanese whaling fleet because there is an Australian Federal Court judgement that has fined these whalers $ 1 million for killing whales in a whale sanctuary,” he said.

“Also they could document what is taking place, it’s documentation that requirements to get back to the International Court, documentation that requirements to be seen by the Australian folks.”

Japan killed 251 Minke whales in the Antarctic in the 2013-14 season. Whalers could set sail once more prior to the end of the year.

Topics: whaling, planet-politics, greens, tas, japan, australia, asia

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