The quarantine of the Ticonderoga: The 'hell ship'

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Swellnet Dispatch

For seven days now, a small armada of cruise ships have sat offshore from my local beach. There are always coal ships there, clearly identifiable by the superstructure at the stern of a low hull, but now they’re joined by cruise ships, each of them top heavy and painted crisp white - limousines in a worksite carpark.

The first day I noticed them, there were three cruise ships at anchor. There are now five. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, there’s news of a cruise ship, the Magnifica, with 1,700 passengers aboard, some reportedly with coronavirus, steaming towards Fremantle.

(Photo Chris Duczynski)

I’ve imagined myself being on that boat, being on any of them, as the virus spread. Trapped in a floating castle as the invisible enemy cuts a swathe through the pilgrims and wondering who’ll be next. There’s no chance of escape, not even when the ship berths as every passenger is potentially host to another passenger, so to let anyone off - even the apparently healthy - is to compromise the local population.

It reminded me of a book I read recently, ‘Hell Ship’ by Michael Veitch, about the journey of the 169-foot Ticonderoga from England to Australia in 1852. 

Launched just three years earlier, the Ticonderoga wasn’t well designed for carrying passengers, especially not over long distances. Partly this was due to the ‘double decker’ design which prevented the top deck from being thoroughly scrubbed as water would drip down to the lower deck, which remained in a permanent state of damp and darkness. Nevertheless, in 1952 the Ticonderoga was one of four ships hired by the UK’s Emigration Society to carry emigrants to Australia.

On the back of the Victorian Gold Rush, the State Government was seeking labour from the UK. In all, 714 migrants answered the call, most of them Scottish Highlanders with a smattering of Irish and English, filing onto the Ticonderoga seeking a new life in Australia.

Just ten days into the three month journey, Captain Thomas H Boyle noticed some passengers getting ill, developing red rashes, strong delirium bordering on insanity, and diarrhoea and dysentery. Boyle and the ship’s surgeon superintendent Dr Sanger correctly diagnosed it as typhus. The situation became more grave as the health of those who’d contracted it declined and the disease spread to others. Within three weeks the first deaths were reported.

At the time it was not known how typhus spread, nor how to stop it from infecting others. The situation deteriorated to such a degree that later accounts describe passengers bundling up to ten bodies at a time into mattresses and bedding to keep the disease away, then eventually jettisoning those stuffed mattresses overboard.

Ninety days after leaving England the Ticonderoga sailed into Port Phillip Bay flying a yellow flag - the flag of quarantine, warning other people to keep away. 

Once inside the heads, Captain Boyle pulled the ship to starboard where small waves tapered towards a protected bay and the prevailing wind blew offshore. His crew then rowed a jolly boat to shore, staked off a quarantine area with yellow flags and white paint on the trees. Tents were erected using the sails and spars from the ship.

Melbourne had planned to make a ‘sanitary station’ but the arrival of the Ticonderoga had expedited those plans, and the site had been chosen for them. Governor La Trobe quickly purchased two houses that had been occupied by lime-burners and converted them into hospitals. The Quarantine Station operated from 1852 (when the Ticonderoga landed) until 1980.

Every family that arrived on the Ticonderoga lost at least one family member, and they were greeted by a settlement that feared them and the disease they were carrying. Some emigrants escaped quarantine to head north through the scrub towards Melbourne.

Dr Sanger reported that, during the Ticonderoga’s tragic voyage, 100 people perished and the ship landed with a further 311 cases of typhus, plus 127 cases of diarrhoea, and 16 cases of dysentery. 68 more people died while in quarantine, including two crew members, taking the tally to 170.

Many of those who died on the Hell Ship were buried in the cemetery at the western end of the Quarantine Station, looking down on the protected bay where a very infrequent wave broke down the angled reef as it refracted back into the prevailing wind.

What does this story have to do with surfing?

This story has nothing to do with surfing.


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zenagain Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 10:46am

Good read nonetheless.

I remember reading about this many years ago.

Maybe it has got a little to do with surfing? Maybe one of those poor, tortured souls, up to their armpits in their own watery shit and piss, through the shivers and cold sweat and the blinding white light of their own delirium looked out at those little infrequent peelers and thought- 'out there!'

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helmet-not-hose Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 10:59am

It has even less to do with surfing if you're a jetski owner from Too Qool.

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Old Gregg Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 10:30am

I think you’ll find the majority of those owners are from Lonnie, Grove and B.h which is probably a lot closer than where you live

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gavin007 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 11:03am

It's got more to do with surfing than you think. It was the reason why access to a (maybe not now) not so well known surfing break was off limits during the 60's and 70's

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stylemaster1970 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 12:23pm

My Great, Great, Great Grandfather is Dr. James Veitch. He set-up the quarantine station at Pt. Nepean. An amazing man who did amazing work. Used to surf "Trouser Snake Point" on log made out of rum barrels! NOT. Great man, great story, amazing place!

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zenagain Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 12:34pm

I'd be re-reading that footer of yours if I were you Mr. 1970.

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stylemaster1970 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 1:04pm

yep, re-read. Care to elaborate?

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Hellow Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 1:15pm

Zen may be suggesting it's not firmly fixed rather than missing or vice versa perhaps?

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zenagain Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 1:58pm

and bless your cryptic soul too Mr. Hellow.

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batfink Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 at 11:08pm

Did you really think he didn't understand the significance of his own footer?

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zenagain Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 12:55am

Hard to say BF. If he didn't then he certainly does now.

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batfink Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 5:47pm

Cheers Zen, hope you're coping well wherever you are. Japan isn't it?

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zenagain Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 7:18pm

Yes mate, still here.

And all the best to you and yours.

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zenagain Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 1:56pm

My dear old Grandma used to say to me- 'be careful of loose change, you might lose it.'

Lovely lady, god rest her pedantic soul.

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stylemaster1970 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 2:15pm

Ahhh the "loose change" just dropped. Like I said, it was my great, great, great grandfather who was the educated one. Me, I'm just the garbage man.

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zenagain Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 2:25pm

Ha ha, it's ok mate.

Garbage men. Salt of the earth.

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NDC Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 8:25pm

Still lost ...

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nextswell Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 2:08pm

Whilst I am sure they could be fun, I’ve never been interested in those cruises. A floating container of germs. I think what’s going on now shows how as humans we haven’t progressed as far as we think. Still making the same mistakes and not learning a thing from history. Hard to be positive about the future of man and our planet.

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Mindora Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 2:18pm

Touche, Swellnet.

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bipola Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 3:05pm

totally agree with nextswell, to much sickness aboard and i would find it boring. basically you are trapped on board until they let you off. in the future i wonder if anyone would go on a cruise ship?
its getting heavy duty, thank swellnet for giving all of us a forum,
i find it help keeps the loneliness at bay.

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 11:48pm

Good read Stu, hell ship indeed.

Never quite understood the attraction of goin' on a cruise.

They really do seem like a 'floating RSL' and lately a 'floating petri-dish'

Up until most recently the industry was in a stage of strong growth.

"They're terrible for the environment, for one. On top of being legally permitted to dump "food waste, cargo residue, cleaning waste, and animal carcasses" right into the water, cruises also a big air polluter as well."

If you've got 20 mins then this is worth a watch;

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69longboarder Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 at 12:07am

I went on a cruise once. After three days at sea, I was hanging to see a tree. True story.

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NDC Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 8:28pm

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Took a boat to the Solomon’s
Slept with a knife under my pillow and constantly thought of ways to blow the boat up while stealing the tinny

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Robo Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 at 3:14pm

Fat and old people go on cruises, the death rate would be high for those that get CV.

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 at 3:58pm

Luckily Mum's fam were on the 1844 Neptune, departing from Cork. I believe there was an earlier Neptune which was one of those hell-ship voyages.

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Chief_75 Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 at 5:30pm

Fair call, I work in the cruise industry, different strokes for different folks.
How about some facts, before you make your assumptions.

Have you noticed that the airlines have not talked about how many confirmed cases they have had ? How about the resorts up in QLD or hotels in general.

The cruise industry reports on every crime, sickness and incident that happens onboard. 26 Million people travel on cruise ships a year and any given day there are 600,000 people on a cruise ship. Every surface is cleaned (on average) every hour. How often does the local shopping centre get cleaned, pumps at the servo etc.

Most sickness is bought on to a cruise ship because somebody lied on their health declaration and does'nt wash their hands, it costs the industry millions.

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NDC Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 8:35pm

I would take every word you said on merit ... except ‘cruise industry report in every crime, sickness and incident that happens’

I don’t know any industry or venture in which humans have been involved, in this epoch or the last where you could possibly think that was likely to be true

Maybe airlines are worse, or better, maybe there is a pile on to the cruise industry right now - but if you’re going to call for an argument based on facts - caution rather than extravagance in claims will win the day

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nicko74 Thursday, 26 Mar 2020 at 9:52pm

Hey Robbo did you just write the first thing that flew into your head?

Or is that actually a substantiated fact ?

I am only asking as I’ve never been on a cruise ship before .

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truebluebasher Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 12:00am

Dutto "We Decide which diseased Cruise Ships can wipe out our Nation."

Every Continent is denying entry to 3,000 Aussies on 30 plagued cruise ships.
Every country except Dumbass Australia that is...where each get a free travelpass.

Now the Italians deny Aussie cruise prisoners milk for their coffee...Shaddap you face!

Karma! Aussies! Fuckin' seven seas whole wide world fuckin' Karma...Suck it Up!

Dutto waves his sick note...sorry can't rescue them or the other 18,500 Aussies

32 + Cruise ships have already spread 1000's of carriers on every port.

Oz cities have heaps of these floating Corona Motels festering offshore.

Dutto's Border Security disaster is of his own making...(Tampa x 30)
Sorry! Sick note don't work that many coming back from this.
Our border security is now the biggest joke for whole world to see.

WA Govt are Ramping up another Tampa & have Dutto on speed dial!
German Ship [Waves Sea Law Flag] wants Corona Patients brought ashore...
WA Premier says give them Fuel / Map / Get Well Card...& piss them off to Africa.

Dutto's Spew Buckets Overboard incident...
(Border security incorporated are nothing more than a front.)
Can divert $650,000/ yr Reffo to Lib kitty but come a real test, Dutto fails on all fronts

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rogerdodger Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 12:26am

Uncanny Stu. I was at the Quarantine Cemetery a few days ago reading about this tragic story on the headstones and tourist info. Bloody shocking stuff. It was like the frickin corona virus flying around a packed bus for three months in present day terms....frightening. A real eye opener (and perhaps leveller)?. Oh by the way...the not so well known but well known break wasn't firing.

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mr mick Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 9:36am

Qldrs don’t forget to vote this w/e or risk being fined, don’t worry about catching/spreading anything.... oh but it is ‘essential’

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MidWestMonger Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 11:55am

My old man was booked on a cruise which canceled. Got his money back and slapped it down for next year at 50% off. He loves bistros and casinos. Heard cruises were full of pensioners eating too much rich food and dropping cruel farts constantly

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Hoodie Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 12:37pm

Thanks. A good read.

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Ronson Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 3:53pm

Robo is spot on....enjoy the buffet....

Got a mate who sells defibrillators, cruise ships are red hot for them.

There's a lot to be said for survival of the fittest. There's also a lot to be said for making the tough decisions early. The rest of the world flat out can't believe we are that stupid and complacent. If WA are making them quarantine on Rottnest Island then why cant we do it at Norfolk island, or Lord Howe????? Anywhere other than bang smack in the middle of the highest concentration of people in Australia (with apologies to Melbourne's insecurities)

Damn, I'm getting more right wing as I get older. But I'd rather administer paper cuts to my eyeballs than go on a cruise.

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thermalben Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 7:47am

Not only are LHI and Norfolk extremely remote, without the appropriate medical resources to cope with such a scenario, they also don't have mooring/wharving facilities.

Indeed, as per this ABC article from early March re: Norfolk Island:

"The island has not received a cargo ship delivery since December, having lost its regular, twice-monthly deliveries due to increased difficulties offloading stock."

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Panman Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 6:49pm

Cruise or no cruise we are all in this together

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truebluebasher Friday, 27 Mar 2020 at 9:14pm

Yeah! Just as WA Premier said no way is that Euro trash coming ashore...
Infected German, Austrians & Swiss were fine to come ashore & fly anywhere.
All Australian's on other ship, gotta be locked up on Rottnest.

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 8:37pm

I think the strategy on that one was to fly the other passengers back to their home countries ASAP so their medical system could take them, without having a huge surge on WA medical resources which may be required soon for West Australians?

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jelli Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 12:57pm

A new evil has moved into my territorial waters. The town constabulary are moving the town surfers and beach goers along. Of course they are invading our rural, socially distant beaches with three or four in a car and linking on telephones to surf windy two foot mushies. Making their problem our problem. I am not a religious man but I feel inclined to smite them. Leviticus style. My long time spiritual guidance officer Mr Goodvibes is inclined to burn them. Preferably rolled between six rollies. Some of the locals are inclined to violence. Is it wrong to think poorly of fellow surfers even though they are self interested c$%^s placing their personal wants above social needs. I assume we are not alone in this scenario. I beat the early crowd, play the change of shift but not all of my brethren are as erstwhile as myself. We are frustrated and scared when our 20 vehicle carpark overflows onto the access road sidewalk. Should I self flagellate for saying such things. Should I increase my dosage. Is there anybody of substance driving this bus. katann'omhi.

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NDC Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 8:45pm

‘Smite me oh mighty Smiter’
Bruce almighty - love it

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truebluebasher Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 6:59pm

swellnet crew been saying it...(above) WA timebomb going off!
German Ship Artania is now festering 7 days with 70 Coronavirus crew
This many will need to stay in WA but remaining 800 fly out on 3 planes.

Vasco da Gama is clear sailing but major Accom / Air transfers...
All hope this can go ahead smoothly...Medals or Heartache should one case emerge.
PM has acknowledged the heavy lifting by WA.

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NDC Saturday, 28 Mar 2020 at 8:47pm

One If your best stu - thx

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truebluebasher Sunday, 29 Mar 2020 at 7:29pm

29th March (WA) Artania (Private Health Nurses threatening industrial action!)
The extra 55 needing treatment were sent to Private clinics to avoid Public Health.
Private Health is hitting back saying it's Public Health's job. (Political pawns!)

29th March (Sydney) 7 more ships arrive this week)
Ruby Princess cases now number 133 ( 1 death)

29th March (Melbourne) Premier says none are getting off the ships.
There seems to be some ships at Port ...not in the news...(See odd flights bellow...)
30th March Melbourne Airport (11:20 am - 7 flights depart for Guangzhou China)
Now if that's not a mass evacuation from a Cruise Ship then it's something weirder?
No news of that many Chinese in quarantine (Last 2 weeks)
So why the biggest ever Oz evacuation to same destination & Media closes eyes!
Certainly open to conspiracy theories with Mega Evacuation.

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malibudutchie Sunday, 29 Mar 2020 at 10:59pm

The last Qantas flight lands in Perth tomorrow, it's all charters from then on. There must be hundreds of thousands of Aussies in Europe, Asia, the Americas and on cruise ships wishing they were home. As of today, we're still one of the luckiest and safest countries in the world. Nice read Stu and thanks for the hell ship association for the pic. Looks like there's still a few more hell ships on the way.

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stunet Monday, 30 Mar 2020 at 7:46am

There's two more offshore this morning, Dutchie.

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Fliplid Monday, 30 Mar 2020 at 8:12am

TBB good links, again, community award in line I reckon.

One moment the private hospitals are complaining they need to be part of the solution and now they are shirking responsibility when being asked to step up. They get plenty of taxpayer dollars that they shouldn't have a choice.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 at 10:50am

[Newsflash] If you haven't noticed..Fed Govt fucked off that boring Quarantine thingy.

New plan is to spread the Ship virus over entire City & covertly Jet the suss out.
WA Premier "Diabolical nightmare situation is the Feds responsibility...see ya!

Artania! Otherwise known as foot in Coronavirus spew bucket mop up in Isle 4...

As said the virus was spreading on the docked ship...(Note: No 2 weeks Quarantine)
Transperth busses to 4 chartered flights to Frankfurt...(tip: No City transit for 3 days)
(Above) same day as Port of Melbourne secret 7 flights out to Guangzhou...Shh!
(Media Ban) > *Fuck the Boats *Fuck Quarantine *Print more Frequent Flyer Cards.
Fed Health Minister's Humanitarian Agreement vs Aussie Nurses.
Ensures cruise patients have rights to infect every hospital & all staff during their stay!

Fed Health Minister Greg Hunt's Doctor's Chart
9 are infecting several Perth Public Hospitals (How Many Hospitals is top secret?)
All must infect whole city via Transperth to Joondalup Private Hospital (Diabolical!)
3 are in mention of transfer...perhaps ring their relatives ahead?
29 were bussed once again by (Transperth) to Joondalup Private Hospital
Earlier reports that these same patients were in triage at 4 inadequate private clinics
There, the Nurses won the battle not to treat them in non compliant Hospitals.
Mount Private

Extra 46 (Showing virus like conditions) Not too late to send the Planes Back?

tbb tips: Steer well clear of Tranperth Buses like for a week or a Year or maybe more.
Germany could up the PFAS dose in fire-hoses to blast the fuck outta that Plane.
We're talking about the inside of the Plane, naturally!

The Vasco da Gamma...
NZ again fly straight out (Fuck Quarantine for Foreigners) Why should Oz feed them?
7: Aussies were "Bussed from the Port" to Quarantine at Rotto.
Surely Ship has Tender Craft to Service Rotto...Why infect City Buses pre Quarantine?
Another 7 source reports they were "ferried"...(This is not a game! Which one!)
Aussies are now bludging a 2 week holiday at Rotto Resorts.

So a pattern has emerged of No o/s Quarantine just secret mass flights out
It is most likely that these Flights out are infected but OZ couldn't give a ratz...
Oz won't buy into any International Tampa incidents...just fuck them off & fast.
Note: 3/4 WA cases come from Cruise Ship or Flight. (All Fed flights out are suss)

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batfink Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020 at 11:16pm

"For seven days now, a small armada of cruise ships have sat offshore from my local beach. There are always coal ships there, clearly "

Ha ha, yeah Stu, think you know I live off Coogee, been spying them for 2 weeks plus here. Sitting a few ks off the coast.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 2:06am

batfink's sonar sweep nets 7 cruise ships + 1 carrier will dock over next week.

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batfink Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 5:49pm


My wings are like a shield of steel.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 1 Apr 2020 at 11:49pm

Fed Health Minister Greg Hunt heralds Public / Private mop up as a 1st of many.

31st March (Plane Arrivals) Oz wide Quarantine never informed Residents!
Residents complain of constant lift share as no gloves with room interaction.
Families are split up into 3 lots sometimes
No (Windows -Doors-Ventilation-Sunlight) + Wash basin Laundry for some!
No Insulin + No extra water rations & no meal choice or online orders permitted.
No veggie option + sometimes only 1 meal a day
Here's the Hotel Quarantine Guidelines (3 odd food drops a day in a closed environ?)
Here's a pretty good run down of Quarantine Rooms / meals & the like

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truebluebasher Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 12:05am

5,500 > *****Quarantine (See Above)

SA. Adelaide Airport. (Testing for Airport visitors last 14 days)
11 Baggage Handlers + 2 family infected. + (100 self isolating)
7 flights cancelled...


WA Artania (Tampa II) calamity continues...(Book Rights are thru the roof)
(Has 12 weak Passengers that can't fly out remains in port)
WA Premier WTF (Get Out !!!) + Border Force ordered the Ship to Leave....
Fed Attorney-General said 'The Ship can Stay' (We have a Humanitarian Obligation) WOW!
I mean Double WOW WOW (This is the same Libs that invade Ships?)
This Ship is really testing WA vs Feds vs Public vs Private + Quarantine. OMG.

Here's that suss (No Quarantine) OZ / Germany ARTANIA Flight Deal

Libs acting like Labor < > Labor acting like Libs (Germans acting like Reffos!) Tickets!

Jump Ships for Rotto Food Fight (Oz wide Quarantined Food is on the nose!)
Chunky Meat Custard & nearly no veggie dishes & often one meal / day.
Oz knows Prisoners are eating better...this is only the beginning of the Food Fights.
5 star Reffos gonna pick a bun fight with the PM...for sure! Not gonna be pretty.

Port of Melbourne
Border Force allows Chinese Ship to breach 14 day Quarantine.
Port workers were stood down for refusing to unload it...
All transit must comply with Quarantine & Wharfies need equal protection...
Chinese Ships are Essential vs Wharfies lives are (Not Essential) Suck it Up!
Union says it's been fighting since January for equal protection for at risk workers.

Industrial Action is brewing...we may see a Counter Ozwide Lockdown in Days.

1998 Corona Waterfront < > 2001 WA Artania (Tampa II) = (It's on Crew)
That's exactly where we are and soon our PM starts a war.

tbb has been recording it...take a look back at last few days...
Border Force has lost control of Quarantine on every front.
It's been selling out & secreting foreign favour.

The same time Aussies are fed up by double Standards.
PM can no longer hide his 2 faces & is losing trust at height of crisis.
This is less about Quarantine but the constant exploitation of it!
Off road Squad cars to round up Mothers Breast Feeding!
X on every Street Corner to trigger Dutto's Biometric Cameras.

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 8:59pm

tbb thanks for the reporting, excellent coverage & disturbing

News just reported Alfred outbreak:

Cancer ward, oncology. Whoa.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 10:21pm

More of a duty at this point of time velocityjohnno, thanx...feeling better now! Real life, Save the Cheerleader slip and the international powder keg goes off. Ben, yourself & crew know that Oz Border Force lost the plot with "Efficiency."
Border Force are still pondering if covert Yang Ming mines are [ Essential Pollution ]

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truebluebasher Thursday, 2 Apr 2020 at 8:23pm

2nd April (Border Force 24/7 welcome mat pisses off Oz Premiers & Unions)
WA Artania (Day 9) quarantines remaining 8 (Sick) passengers in Novotel Hotel.
WA Premier: Not a 'safe harbour' & begs Border Force to depart empty Artania. Now!!
Ok! So who didn't expect Libs would politicise the virus...None? Business as Usual.
Corona festering Ghost Ship infecting WA Labor's pool party...Libs wet dream!

Victoria (Quarantine Dispute is going Oz Wide)
Recap: SA Baggage handlers/ Wharfies (share) o/s & on board Cargo.
Any here Know that without Quarantining cargo the Oz crews get infected. (Right!)
Border Force say Cargo is Essential...( Meaning handlers are 1st line in o/s defence)
Wharfies & handlers are Border Force guinea pigs. (re: Adelaide Airport!)

tbb will also link Shipping Australia's expert narrow minded reply to Unions.
It's very convincing but fails to mention all parties touch the exact same points.
Oz Govt own policy insists 3 days of active surface virus (Minimum Port Wait...Right!)
Possible reason why baggage handlers were infected....
eg: The boarding rail mixes all germs 24/7 but is never ever cleaned. (Check any vid!)

Darwin -3 Foreign vessels dock in breach of Quarantine! (Where's Oz Border Force?)
Libs corrupt bio security to kill off unions...(Libs are in Coronavirus Heaven)
Union Labour are our virus sponges...Wharfies / handlers are hero slaves.

Qld/NSW State Police has signalled for a growing number of Ships to leave.

It seems almost certain that Coronavirus Patients are on board.
Oz Govt ( Border Force ) has hired a 3 party... "Aspen Medical " to access & Transfer.
"Ruby Princess" The 3rd wave re: (Syd/NZ/Syd) (200 more sick!...with what?)
This will likely rid any media access (aka) Homeland Security
ACA Poll (45,000-a lot) Q: Should infected come ashore for help? A : 93% [ No! ]
Where is Dutto!

Victoria (1100 Doctors want sardine canned Refugees released )
Govt transferred & squished Refugees into Mantra Motel (used by Airline crews)
60 medivacced men are confined one ground floor with no ventilation.

swellnet crew send Air Mail to all in Quarantine.

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truebluebasher Friday, 3 Apr 2020 at 11:40am

3rd April morning edition...
Oz sinks Corona 6 pack ...( Extra Strength brew)

WA Artania Captain refuses to leave Port
(Crew believe they are sick & may need Hospital care...)
Maritime Lawyer: Oz can order Artania out but arresting the Capt won't budge crew

tbb: (Feds are stewing Labor PM with opposing policy) + Artania must be a high flyer.

Border Force: "This Ship has asked us for help & I'd be really reluctant to force the issue and push it out to sea. Our intention is to get it under way as soon as possible, but I'm not prepared to risk the lives of those still on board!"

Quite Bizarrely the complete opposite Border Force Policy on East Coast..(Just Mental)

NSW Corona 6 pack has been asked to leave Australia by Border Force
Govt bypass Cargo Quarantine despite worker safety + VIP Corona cruises fine!
2nd April - ACA Super Duper Mega Boomer Poll - 93% [VOTE] NO ENTRY
3rd April - Border Force airbrushes Princess's Cruise Ships out of Oz postcard.
(June deadline) Libs get a gazillion x a trillion % Bump /\ in the Polls.

Maritime Lawyer: (Innocent Passage)
*Ships can't anchor off the coast without prospect of entry...(Luv! move on Powers?)

International Lawyer: (Cites 2005 International Health Regulations)
*While the Ship was in Port...Nations had obligation to assist the sick!

Both Lawyers:
* Govt must weigh up stranding 1,000's of Oz passengers seeking o/s port entry?

tbb: Oz refusal could trigger a Global Boycott of #1 Sea law...(All would die at sea!)

*Border Force have outsourced Flotilla Medivac to (Aspen Medical)
*Fed Govt has issued fines or criminal charges if Ships don't leave by June.
*Media news reports are being cut short .......International Security Incident?

Fed Govt invites World angst upon Oz front door mid crisis to win a boomer TV poll.
Aussies here & abroad do not wish to be a dartboard for PM's ego.
On Display! Libs cowardly ACA Poll Victory spells end to Oz & free World
Please...not another PM vested Tampa shitstorm & War amidst a World Crisis.

tbb admits Oz wants pop policy as we're in the firing line, but we signed up for this!
Aussies surely don't want the right to condemn visitors to death...we're not there yet!
Oz has access to ANZUS Naval Hospital Ships & Islands used in past Quarantines.

Ruby Princess Ongoing Scandal Fiasco (Proper NSW Police inquiry Name...I think!)

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truebluebasher Friday, 3 Apr 2020 at 11:36pm

3rd April ( Late Extra )
WA Artania Day 10 & passenger has died, that is a sad outcome!
It comes as no shock to any following Artania news.
However there is a harsh lesson for the Govt who heralded Private Health Union.
Crew won't read about 1st Oz Private corona Patient dying in 1st Private Hospital.
tbb was not comfortable writing the truth but it's on record as Book will edit it out!
That sounds equally bad, but Book after Book left out complete Tampa Rescue call.
Oz signalled for Rinnan to come ashore...tbb watched rescue text being wiped online.
Got a copy of original in the vault somewhere...

As thought crew (7) have the virus + earlier (2) treated at said 1st Private Joondalup.
Viral 7 won't go to hospital but will quarantine in a Hotel ? > Border Force Operation.
Readers may be able to make sense of that...Border Force just make it up as they go.
Are Libs dreaming up a whole hotel outbreak to pin on weak Labor leader. (Madness!)

Ship was undergoing a deep cleanse with a makeshift healthy crew.
As tbb said...One or more passengers onboard Artania require #1 Govt protection?
Again it needs to be said as it too may slip from Book version...just saying.

Ruby Princess "NSW" Labor Opposition Leader (Flags Royal Commission)

Maritime Union (tbb reported on Cargo Quarantine & stand down / Unrest)
I think it's best you read it from Maritime Union as most involves legal terminology.
We'll re-run the Melbourne Stand down
Darwin Triple Quarantine
Darwin Local Review
Quarantine Overview

6 Pack Humanitarian Response

tbb is not promoting union anything...they are at the frontline & have replies to hand.

Border Force are breaking & making new rules to override entry & scatter the virus.
What's New! Oz is pleading with Dutto to hide his dirty deeds...during Easter Break!

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truebluebasher Sunday, 5 Apr 2020 at 9:56pm

Sydney...[ Operation Nemesis ] Largest Peacetime Harbour Mission. (Thanx abc)
tbb is only gonna touch on this as many varied logistics are still playing out...

Operation Corona 6 pack (Nemesis) - Athol Bay, Cremorne Point (North Shore)

*Radiance of the Seas ( Several passengers were earlier evacuated to Hospital) Crew Only
*Spectrum of the Seas (This was the Firefighters free cruises all offloaded leaving crew)
( Both ships were restocked / Food / meds / Fuel by 2:00pm

Pause: Plan is to Mix'n'Match passengers to Home Ports...requiring vacating Ships.
Some of the people on the cruise ships will sail back to their home countries,
This indicates many will also fly to other destinations than Ships..(Govt Policy of Late!)
There is no mention of Hotel said this is still playing out...who knows!

O/n Departures ( Transfers under cover of Darkness indicates more corona patients!)
All these Ships were in 14 day Offshore Quarantine...after...
*The Celebrity Solstice (Docked 19 March -11 cases)
*Voyager of the Seas (Docked 18 March -34 cases +(5 crew))
*Ovation of the Seas (Docked 18 March -74 cases)
These names mean less as passengers have now switched to home Port Ships.

*Ruby Princess...(Recent berth 660 cases + 6 deaths)
Out to sea again & Aspen Medical attended & medivacced 6 crew of Ruby Princess
Not involved in switcharoo & off Coogee to the south of Bondi.
All believe this Ship is infested with the Virus as External Team assess the situation.

crew salute all involved in mighty front line operation...not easy as world watches on.

SA. Adelaide Airport baggage handler Qantas Corona Cluster Grows to 50
This includes 8 Pilots & 19 Cabin Crew...All workers share the Boarding Rails
tbb: No one ever cleans the Shared Boarding Rail-Check any Plane Cleaning Vid.
Now a security worker joins the list! ...crew send front line best wishes.

Waterfront Dispute.
Aussie refuse to unload Ships not Quarantined.
Crew on Ships have come ashore & Begin contaminating Oz work site to unload.

'Rumour!' All 21 Qld Ports will demand Quarantine of Cargo Ships..
Cargo Quarantine is an issue (See above ...Adelaide handlers)
Ship crews have overstepped Quarantine by operating Oz frontline machinery.
In case yer wondering.. Yes! Libs are baiting Labor for blocking supply...
Labor unions only wish frontline assurance ( Not to be boot kicked Lib guinea pigs)

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Despite the 3 remaining o/n Ships having Corona patients previously all seems fine.
tbb hinted at cover of darkness drop of report of this thankfully.
Apparently Ovation of The Seas (1 of the 3) increased cases from 74 (Above) to 84.
All 3 left last night with no drama...(Believed in same home port passenger loads)

Ruby Princess (Crew can add own Chapter Title..surely)
Folks around town treat this as latest some pop song climbing the charts
Given that death toll rises to 10 now 11 it's not going away soon...
* No Way is this Ship coming into Sydney Harbour.
250 crew await offshore for Test Results
Choices were Newcastle or Port Kembla (Chosen > Monday Morning)

A Shitstorm Awaits (Police are going in hard) & Public want heads to roll ...It's on!
Note: Some still have the hide to call the Mass extermination a 'saga' if!

WA Artania crew also ups the Corona count by another 5
Artania tally needs addressing as it too is getting out of hand (Nearing 50 approx)

14 Day Quarantine applies to all Cargo ships -Border Security must enforce own law.
Unions are right on this! (Alphabetical Listing) Details 26 March Shipping Quarantine.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 7 Apr 2020 at 2:58pm

WA Artania:
WA Today (Review) + The case of the Missing Passengers (tbb above : PM's mates or Crims)
Good reporting to expose almost buried passenger hiding sham.
Passengers: Gross negligence by Operator
Worksafe Chief : Artania needs a Criminal Negligence Investigation

Another 4 Qantas Crew test an ongoing concern for staff...
(See: Adelaide Qantas Outbreak above)

NSW : Ruby Princess (2 crew taken to Syd [+] before sailing to Port Kembla)
Unions : Political influenced NSW Police covertly Send Ship away from Harbour.
Port Kembla (Coal & Grain Terminus is not healthy for 10 day Quarantine).
200 sick are being transferred back to Circular Quay O/S terminal for Medical assist.
A cowardly shameful political response to a humanitarian crisis, defies belief.

Govt are Working with Ship to repatriate 1,400 crew to 50 different countries (Wow!)
Stop! Think of 50 countries (Whole World) being infected by the virus from this Ship!
(A Bigger crime!) Mid Pandemic NSW invites Whole World onto mega sick Bucket. WTF

Ruby Fury

Qld Health Quarantine :
2 week o/s isolation) in another state is OK to bypass 2 week Qld Quarantine

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truebluebasher Friday, 10 Apr 2020 at 10:39pm

Oz cases from o/s vessels are growing in number. Crew salute fellow seafarers!

WA (191 cases from Cruise Ships to date)Ships pass are too many too note here!
Artania recap 800 pass flown out to Germany + 150 crew + several pass stay in WA.
Over 50 of which are being treated for Corona now with a 2nd victim .
The Ship may set sail next week...(Seemingly waiting for certain VIP passenger/s ?)
*****Quarantines are emerging from Perth Motels...
Vasco de Gama (Above: 31 March) will be released today (Note: 3 days early?)
tbb thinks that the Port time is added to the Rotto Resort Stay to equal 14 days.

SA Adelaide Qantas (50 cases from Above) *Initial Review of baggage handling

Victoria (Costa Cruise Fleet) Finally ceases bookings.

NSW Ruby Princess (Cont...) Border Force discussed & approved Port Kembla
Police Launch Investigation
Council supports Docking
Police Raid ship for Black Box
1.040 crew undergo testing
Illawarra Community drop Easter care packages

Police say 75% want to stay on Death Ship ..Union say that's not what crew tell him.
Also claims that crew reckon police never asked them ..
This being the same Police heading the Ruby Princess Inquiry.(Big Porkies Already?)
Seems like the investigation is a waste of time if Police won't play fair.
Where to from here Oz...NSW Govt / Border Force / Police all in on it!

Darwin Chief Minister +Com Govt are also battling to move on o/s cruise Ship.
Company battles the eviction in court

Maritime Union Updates.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 18 Apr 2020 at 10:36pm

tbb can assure these reports are crude Ships logs + less so Tally Boards. Ok!
Our crew are akin to survival at sea & send best wishes & hope to fellow seafarers.

*wikiwand has a dedicated Cruise Ship feature site (Contains quick find ship stats)
tbb will load MV Artania stats for example...

13th March Depart Sydney for Germany (28 day voyage)
800 passengers + 500 crew
25th March Arrived Perth for Fuel Stop
18th April Depart Perth (1pm) Border Force Directive orders Artania.
Captain is coy about departing @ 1pm (Again! tbb hints a VIP passenger!)
Total 5 hospitals of 81 crew /Passengers tested Positive > 2 crew + 1 pass' died

Artania (Norwegian) Captain Morton Hansen (6PR-Great Interview!) 10mins.

Only now revealed that a German Passenger departed Artania at Sydney.
After flying home to Germany revealed he had Coronavirus (3 days later all over Ship)

Late Extra...
Artania Departs Freemantle to huge Send Off with Cheers & Waves of support..


WA Bonus..{ Restriction of movement on Rottnest Island directions }
Maps of Rotto Quarantine Zones + $50,000 fines for Sun-baking / swim on the beach

[ One of Us One Of Us One Of Us]
Rotto Release

Video [2:30] Horrific notorious World Cruise Ship WA Invasion

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truebluebasher Saturday, 18 Apr 2020 at 10:22pm

NSW Ruby Princess
Conversation- This could be the end of the line for cruise ships. - Oz perspective!
Ruby Princess.. Timeline by Daily Mail goes into great detail + creepy vid
If your trying to track a date or incident then tag this Link...

Alt version : Hillsong Conference of 3000 (Day before 500 ban) PM: 'Not Suss!'
Hillsong Families aboard Ruby Princess wanted to flee - End of the world cruise.
Hillsong Brian phoned Hillsong PM phoned Hillsong Defence Minister. (Not Suss!)
Defence Minister had actual Hillsong Family on board...So opened the Gates to Hell.
PM asked girlfriend Olive Oil to throw another body to the angry crowd! Sorted!
Hillsong gets away scott free..(No need for inquiry!) Scomo did his McBoaty thingy!

Recent Ruby Princess has 149 positive + a further previous recovering 11 crew.
NSW Health ordered Aspen Medical to test all crew in 48hrs to speed up departure.
NSW Police Commissioner set Sunday as hopeful FIRM departure date.
Video Interview...possible delay from Sunday....(Kinda!)
(Positive sufferers will set sail as before) hints that other Syd Ships did likewise.

Today's Sydney Media are not convinced that Ship will Sail on Sunday

*5 April -Sept NSW Police Investigation by Mick Fuller (TV News Squeeze)
*15 April- Mid Aug NSW Govt: Special Commission of Inquiry by (Pell's Barrister)
Reckon he'll come down hard on PM's Hillsong Mutineers.

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truebluebasher Monday, 3 Aug 2020 at 1:28am

Recent tip off that Ruby Princess had an earlier emergency evacuation.
tbb sought high & low but nope, but there was an earlier cruise incident.
As a nod to tipster & recent to shed some light on this rescue.

4th Feb (70NM Offshore) Ballina .
Westpac were called to first winch down & stabilise a cruise ship patient...
This presumes a special request for unusual shore medicine or equipment!
This was branded a serious medical condition needing urgent evacuation.
Westpac urgently evacuated the 50 y/old man off Carnival Splendor.

Coffs Westpac crew bypass Lismore Hospital (100kms)
To fly to Gold Coast Emergency (200kms) for "Specialist treatment".

Take a closer look and see the Ventilator that Patient is breathing on.
Looks exactly like a port'a'ventilator in Corona Triage / Emergency wards...

Ok! tbb is no medivac guru but that looks more like lungs than heart issue.
Not being unkind to anyone & all did a fab job & Best Wishes to Patient!

tbb is not alone in reading this as Oz 1st Corona Cruise case.
Qld/ NSW has no record of this in their Corona timeline
Cruise Companies & Govts repeatedly covered up cases months after...

Crikey! This case is a dual State sea rescue...if it was covid..then speak up!
Extra special procedures from start to finish + ominous ventilator showing .

The story was light on detail...tbb had trouble unravelling just this much.
Big thanks to Westpac Rescue for sharing what they could. Good Job!

5/6th Feb (The very Next Day) Diamond Cruise Outbreak hits the News!