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At anchor today in Stumptown

Tied up and taking grain next to the Steel Bridge, the charmingly-named Epiphania, a Panamax bulk carrier of Panamanian registry. "Epiphania" is a Greek place name and is the root of "epiphany," one of the most overused words of recent years. It means "a striking manifestation," "a sudden appearance," basically, "showing up."



The Epiphania used to be called the Iolcos Star. One day back in 2000, on a Caribbean/Atlantic journey from Cristobal to Flushing, the Iolcos Star left its course to answer the distress call of a sinking luxury yacht. Everyone from the yacht was saved, the US Coast Guard helicoptered the yachties away, and the master of the Iolcos Star got a letter of commendation from the US Embassy.

The Iolcos Star changed hands in 2003 at the Port of Dubai. The new owners changed the ship's name to Epiphania. Kinda makes you wonder if they knew its heroic history of being in the right place at the right time.

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prime_meridian
Sep. 29th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Hee, I love your ship factoids. It seems like ships change names fairly often huh? I wouldn't have imagined that.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 29th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
I figure that as a key component of worldwide corporate greed, they have to change hands, and names, a lot. You know--to hide the environmental disasters and stuff.

Glad you enjoy the posts. I love it when there's finally a ship that has a bit of history to write about.
wedjateye
Sep. 29th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
That's pretty cool history.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 29th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yup. It's amazing, really, how many ships get into adventures. Most of them are of the "need rescuing" variety. This is the first "hero" ship I've run across so far.
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