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The IT world was electrified this morning at reports that MS Explorer was foundering and expected to sink without trace shortly, possibly due to a UFO attack. Alternative theories suggested that the well-known piece of kit - described by the Daily Mail as "one of the best-known... in the world" - had suffered disabling crashes …


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  1. Vulpes Vulpes

    Never mind the ones with scambled egg on their hats...

    what about Seaman Stains?

  2. Mountford D

    RE: Never mind the ones with scambled egg on their hats...

    "what about Seaman Stains?"

    Indeed - and what about Master Bates? Presumably he's doing the five-knuckle shuffle on the main deck in time to the Horn Pipe.

  3. Simon Reed
    Paris Hilton

    And the others...

    Besides Seaman Stains, don't forget Master Bates and Roger the Cabin Boy!

    (NB: No ladies on board, so Paris Hilton will do as an figurehead)

  4. Sweep


    hit the pub a bit early this week lads?

    Now there's an idea......

  5. BoldMan

    and don't forget

    Roger the Cabin Boy

  6. daniel
    Gates Halo


    Has the El Reg team been on a mid-day Team Building Exercise at the BOFH's local?

  7. Andy Enderby


    that cabin boy Roger needs to move fast...

  8. Ivor

    Capn Pugwash


  9. Keif Gwinn


    Seriously guys, you might of been down the pub already but some of us have to work for a living. We have to keep an eye out for that zero day strike, specially as the bad guys know that us hard working techies like to slack off on a friday and so are starting to attack more on friday evenings.

    Regardless of that, the article read worse than Holy Moly at their vaguest.

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Or how about......

    Master Bates ?

  11. Andrew Moore

    And don't forget...

    Ben Doverandgiveitmeupthearse

    I swear, honest to god, that was a character from Captain Pugwash

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's Friday!

    Good article. Well done whoever posted the Snopes link though.

    Irony, thy name is Keif Gwinn.

  13. Anonymous Coward


    Dude, if you're relying on el Reg for notification of 0-day vulns then you're ship is in pretty dangeous waters too.

  14. Keif Gwinn


    I don't rely on it, but if you see 'unknown vuln penetration' you're going to look twice...

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    95 years ago...

    ...a few people might remember the tragic story of how a liner hit a very large iceberg and sank. From that designers learned about full double hulls and keel to deck watertight bulkheads. After that came radar allowing ships to steer around bergs. Since then, almost no iceberg collisions in the North Atlantic.

    So how come a ship built in 1969 is sinking because it hit a chunk of ice small enough not to appear on radar?

    It sounds like the M/V EXPLORER (sorry to kill off the puns but its a motor vessel) was slightly less well constructed than the TITANIC.

    Icon: Paris. Going down. Get it? (She does)

  16. Michael Habel

    MS Explorer crasing?!?!

    Who'd have thunk it?!

    Where there many BSOD's or RROD's?!

    Or could it be that I just wasn't really aresd to actually read the above Article?!

  17. laird cummings

    @Mike Richards

    << "So how come a ship built in 1969 is sinking because it hit a chunk of ice small enough not to appear on radar?" >>

    Umm, because not all obstacles in the ocean are visible on radar? Sheet ice might well not show, but besides that point, it's not at all clear that it *was* ice - The article made clear, if you'll read for comprehension, that object was "unknown." That could mean any manner of obstruction, from a floating cargo container washed off a ship (rather more common than you'd think), to a large log (My submarine nailed a floater like that 150 miles off of Hawaii - made a god-awful noise when we hit it!), to an uncharted rock, to yes, maybe a hunk of ice.

    Anyway, M/V Explorer, in at least one, possible two, of the Daily Mail images, was clearly under power - her *own* power, despite the exagerated list. I'm not at all convinced that she's actually due to sink, though she's in dire straits, and a spot of bad weather (very common down thataway) could do for her in a jiffy.

  18. amanfromMars Silver badge

    Pow Wow.....

    "Dude, if you're relying on el Reg for notification of 0-day vulns then you're ship is in pretty dangeous waters too."

    Or is IT AI Safe Haven..... Seventh Heaven, Global Communications HQ? Deny at Our Pleasure.

    The Gryphon Stirs, ITs Bonds Shaken. Great GAImes for Internet XXXXP Lorers.

    Octopussy to InterNetional Rescue? AI White Knight Champion/Wild Card. :-) A Quantum Funder...... Big Picture Player.

    Be Careful out there, it's a Warren.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Someone needs to get out more

    Here's your coat.

    I think it struck a great white whale overlord and has been punished for transgressing. A £50 fine would have been better.

  20. heystoopid

    Finnish or Liberian revenge ?

    MS Explorer was a relatively small vessel of 2398 tonnes displacement built in Finland in 1969 originally called the MS Linblad Explorer and was the first custom designed vessel to take well heeled tourists to the frozen wastelands both north and south !

    In it's illustrious career it has had several name changes by successive owners(ask any ordinary mariner that to change the name of any sailing vessel bodes ill omens at a future date)

    Oh well looks like the maritime gods did not take too kindly to it's shortened name !

  21. Tim Brown

    @laird cummings

    Hopefully since posting your comment you've seen the real pictures (the Daily Mail was using old pics) of the sinking ship.

    Here's one:

    More here:

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