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    Originally posted by ostafjells View Post
    What an eye for details! I'm very impressed.

    Actually, at sea, you are permitted to fly the flag after sunset/2100 until you reach port, but I guess for practical reasons they are following land rules.

    On oceangoing ships we are only using the flags in port (and during arrival / departure), mostly because we want to keep the flags in good order as long as possible.
    In Vietnam during the American war the Norwegian flag was up 24/7, with Cargo lights shining on it at night to announce our nationality. Unfortunately I suspect many of the US soldiers only knew one flag, at it wasn't the Norwegian.

    Transmar chartered ships also had spot lights shining on the big green funnel, since protection money had been paid to Vietcong and that was what identified ships carrying USAID cargo. (Vietcong lived on Texas long grain rice, which was our main cargo)

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      All this sent me Googling to find what were the British rules on flag-flying at sea. Apparently while at sea a ship is expected to keep the ensign flying at night, though it is permitted to take it down, also when out of sight of land in daytime. However it must be flown when in sight of other vessels.
      The origin of the permission to take the flag down being that as far as the Royal Navy was concerned the Admiralty didn't want too much wear and tear on the flag, as Ostafjells said. What I'm learning about ships and shipping since joining CVF is remarkable!
      Ivy

      "To thine own self be true.......
      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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        Lofoten in Sandnessjøen, 2009





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          What a delight to see clear and razor sharp images of these fine ships!
          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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            She`s back! Look at her shiny "new" hull and waterline, they must have given her a thorough sand blasting.





            Walking in the shadow of the blues

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              Amazing pictures Speedbird

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                How wonderful to see her SHINE like this.

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                  Fantastic new images of Lofoten! Very high first class quality!
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                    Look at those lines in the third picture. Isn't she looking like a yacht? Such elegance is missed on the new ship. Such dynamic movement. This design is something special and a big reason for the fascination of Lofoten, Harald Jarl/Andrea, Kong Olav, Ragnvald Jarl/Sjokurs and Finnmarken. Fantastic picture, Speedbird!
                    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                      Once again some superb pictures can't wait until July when I'll be sailing on her especially as she is looking in excellent condition now. Regard's davi737.

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                        Originally posted by Speedbird View Post
                        She`s back! Look at her shiny "new" hull and waterline, they must have given her a thorough sand blasting.
                        I just love the first picture in your series! An excellent example of how good pictures taken against the light can be.

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                          Thank you all! You really make those cold moments when taking pictures up here worthwhile!
                          Walking in the shadow of the blues

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                            Due to VEEERY strong wind, southbound Lofoten is sailing Bodø-Harstad nonstop today.

                            That means she will cancel Risøyhamn, Sortland, Stokmarknes, Svolvær and Stamsund today.

                            Google AIS vesseltracker shows that LOFOTEN sailed through Tjeldsundet (not Raftsundet, as is the the regular route).

                            And she will sail close to the Hamarøy and Steigen areas on her way to Bodø this afternoon.

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                              I see. That would be the right weather for you and Harald Jarl, i guess?



                              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                                Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                                I see. That would be the right weather for you and Harald Jarl, i guess?
                                Oh yesss, Ralf, you are sooo right!!! But it happens so rarely that it's harder than winning the lottery...
                                = One has to be in the right place at the right time, and pray a lot for no technical at that moment!

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