正式進入白鯨II航海誌之前,先為大家介紹一下,前幾天我在行動倉庫的臨時住處-白鯨I。 



已退役之白鯨I

Beluga, a river ship, is named for the small white whales that used to appear in European rivers before pollution.

白鯨I,一艘主要在河裡開的船,以尚未被汙染之前時常會出現在歐洲河流裡的小白鯨為名。


The Beluga was built in 1960 and purchased from the city of Bremen in 1984.

白鯨I建於1960年,1984年時在不來梅市被綠色和平買下。


看得出來歷史悠久,但彩虹依然鮮明。

Greenpeace workers and some 40 volunteers spent over 10,000 hours converting the former in-shore fire-fighting patrol boat into a laboratory ship for work in rivers, estuaries, harbours and coastal waters.

綠色和平的工作人員及大約40名志工,耗費了超過一萬小時,把這艘消防巡邏艇改成能在河流、河口、港口及沿海水域工作的實驗船。


They removed service pipes and fire-fighting apparatus and strengthened the aft part of the cabin so that the deck can support a rigid-hull inflatable.

將水管及消防設備移除並強化船尾的船艙之後,甲板便可支援一艘硬式充氣快艇(RHIB)。


They built in a hydraulic crane to lift the inflatable in and out of the water and made improvements in the ship's communications and steerage systems.

除了增建液壓式起重機以利RHIB的使用之外,也改善了船上的通訊及操控系統。


Twin propellers make the ship particularly manoeuvrable and ideally suited for river work.

雙螺旋槳提升了白鯨I的機動性,始其更適合行駛於河流進行工作。


The mess area for the crew doubles as a reception room where the press and public are informed about protest actions and research.

船員公共區域同時也兼作媒體與公開行動及研究的接待室。


Her territory has been the Rhine, Elbe, Schelde, Weser, Thames, Humber, Tyne, Tees, Mersey, Meuse, and Seine rivers; the Westerschelde and the Waddenzee; the coasts of England, Sweden, and Denmark; the Great Lakes and the Mississippi.

她曾造訪過萊茵河、易北河(德國,漢堡)、斯海爾德河(荷蘭,南部)、威悉河(德國,不來梅)、泰晤士河、亨伯河(英國,約克)、泰恩河(英國)、蒂斯河(英國)、默西河(英國,利物浦)、默茲河(比利時,列日)及塞納河流域; 西斯海爾德及瓦登海(荷蘭北部); 英格蘭、瑞典及丹麥海岸; 五大湖及密西西比河(?)。

((這麼艘小船曾造訪過五大湖及密西西比河,這讓我很懷疑!!!!還是說歐洲也有the Great Lakes and the Mississippi?!))


The Beluga, being an inshore vessel, is usually berthed overnight. Only on rare occasions, like crossing the North Sea, will it sail all night.

作為沿海船隻,白鯨I 通常會在港口停泊過夜。只有在少數如穿越北海的情形下,才會整夜航行。


白鯨I退役之後就一直停泊在行動倉庫邊的碼頭,而我目前"服役"的白鯨II,則是在2004年8月接手白鯨I的工作。

未來四個月裡我跟這艘綠色和平首次全新打造的船艦的故事【白鯨II航海誌】....敬請期待!!!

 

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