November 6, 2005

THUS THE STATE BORDER RULE:

Cruise ship thwarts pirates off Somalia (Washington Times, November 6, 2005)

Pirates firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons tried to hijack a U.S.-owned cruise ship yesterday off the East African coast, but the vessel carrying many American passengers escaped, its owners said.

Two boats full of pirates approached the Seabourn Spirit about 100 miles off the Somali coast and opened fire, while the heavily armed bandits tried to get onboard, said Bruce Good, spokesman for the Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2005 10:38 PM
Comments

Only when the waters off Massachusetts becomes dangerous for people (other than for those who foolishly ride along in a boat, airplane or automobile operated by a Kennedy), only then you may invoke your State LIne and Time Zone Rules.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 6, 2005 11:49 PM

Were I in charge of security on a cruise ship, I would insist on 50 caliber machine guns as part of the basic armament.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 7, 2005 3:44 AM

Ma Deuce is a good choice. An even better would be one of the new Vulcan 20mm cannons. You would have to think twice wanting to get close to one of these 6000 round per minute buzz saws.

Posted by: BillMill at November 7, 2005 7:07 AM

Vulcans are so cool but so expensive, which on a cruise line would be hard to justify. You can get a couple of 50 cal machine guns real cheap (compared to a Vulcan cannon, that is). Plus they're easier to maintain and operate. I'm actually kind of suprised that cruise ships aren't armed. Perhaps not decked out like a Q Ship, but certainly with some off-market automatic weapons. Shoot, even Steve Zissou's crew carried Glocks.

Posted by: Bryan at November 7, 2005 7:35 AM

Looking at the size of the boats in the videos shot from the Carnival cruise ship, I think Kathie Lee Gifford could have taken them on by herself.

Posted by: John at November 7, 2005 9:10 AM
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