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On The Scene In Galway, Ireland

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With a guest appearance by Herman Munster 


October 2004

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Time: Winter Day

The Date: October 2004

The Place: In Galway, Ireland

Prolog To Disaster: These amazing photos top our recent contributions -- but Herman Munster proves to be our truth detective - even the real truth is still amazing!
PHOTO #1 -  The quiet of an October 2004 morning at Galway, Ireland has been broken. Walsh's Recovery Service has sent a tow truck to Dock Street.

An unfortunate parking accident sent a small white hatchback into the cold bay waters of Roundstone. Wheels of the car are just to the left of the standing man in the water.

PHOTO #2 - Walsh's Recovery Service will crane from the harbor -- the small white hatchback which has rolled offed the dock.
PHOTO #3 - Walsh's Recovery Service has craned the small white hatchback back toward the dock. Notice, the crane has not extended outriggers. There are no stabilizers on either side of the crane to balance the load. Could the waterside weight exceed the lift stability?
PHOTO #4 - Walsh's Recovery Service has exceeded it's lift and joined the the small white hatchback of the dock! Geeeez!
PHOTO #5 - Walsh's Recovery Service has now managed to compete for a Darwin Award. Walsh's Recovery Service needs some real help!
PHOTO #6 - Enter the Michael Long Truck & Crane Hire--
PHOTO #7 - First the white hatchback is recovered by the huge rig. Note the sturdy outriggers.
PHOTO #8 - Now it's time to recover the Walsh's Recovery Service truck. Here is THE HEAVY LIFT!
PHOTO #9 - DISASTER STRIKES! Both the Walsh's Recovery Service truck & Michael Long Truck & Crane Hire truck tumble into the sea ...... or do they?

(complete your investigation above & then read below)

 PHOTOS #10, #11, & #12 Are Grouped Below
PHOTOS #10, #11, & #12 Are Grouped Above -
MYSTERY SOLVED - Here Are The Answers:
A.] Note the white Zodiac is seen along side the red fishing boat in Pictures #1,#2, #3, #4 & #5 -- but it has sailed by the time the Michael Long Truck & Crane Hire truck arrives in Photo #6.

B.] Did the white Zodiac return along side the red fishing boat just before the final disaster occurs in Photos #9 & #12? The answer is "no".

C.] Study Photo #5 -- on the extreme right, it appears that the famous T.V. personality Herman Munster, wearing a brown shirt, is speaking to a man who is wearing a beret & dark coat. Now check Photos #9 & #12 to again see Herman & his beret wearing pal. Indeed, these are the only photos of Herman in the entire set. Why?

D.] The Final Answer: Photo #5 provided the only view of the dock that could be used by some jolly "Photoshop" user as a "blank canvas" -- on which to electronically "paint" a fake Michael Long Truck & Crane Hire truck as if it were falling off the dock. Photo #5 was faked to make Photo #9 & #12 -- the Michael Long Truck & Crane Hire truck did not really fall.

Poor Michael Long has taken undeserved mocking on the Internet photo circuit since late October 2004. With well deserved thanks to The Munsters, Michael Long has now been cleared!

The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: Apology to the Michael Long Truck & Crane Hire!
The Walsh's Recovery Service truck was safely recovered after all -- IT WAS THE CATCH OF THE DAY !

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs brokerIt's dangerous out there.


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Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Catch of The Day" Feature:

Pat Rivers-Bowerman, Kingston Peninsula, New Brunswick

Karen Dakan

Jeffrey C. Hicks, Esq. Hicks, Mullett & Gregg, PLLC, Lansing, MI

S. Kahnenbley, DAKOSY Datenkommunikationssystem AG, Hamburg

Lee Thorsen, Vice President, Avalon Risk Management, Chicago, IL

Ben McKnew

Randy Waskin, MD, Ringle, WI

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EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

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