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    Posted January 10, 2011 by
    Keelung, Taiwan

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    The past, present and future of the Greenpeace flagship: Rainbow Warrior



    The past, present and future of the Greenpeace flagship: Rainbow Warrior




    KEELUNG, Taiwan (CNN iReport) --- After twenty-two years of service on the high seas, the Rainbow Warrior ii is on her final voyage – due for retirement this very year. Her current port of call: Taiwan.


    I asked for a tour of the Rainbow Warrior ii and what I received was a whole lot more.  The captain himself, Master Mariner Michael James Ian Fincken, or “Captain Mike,” as he prefers to be addressed, was summoned. We took position by the ship’s wheel, Captain Mike smiled, I aimed my camera, and away we went.


    According to Greenpeace, the Rainbow Warrior “has been rammed, raided, bombed, and is loved by millions.”


    Of course, Greenpeace is speaking in the collective: the original Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk in Auckland Harbor by the French intelligence service (DGSE) in 1985; the present, the Rainbow Warrior ii, is currently kicking off her East Asian “Ocean Defenders” Tour with stops scheduled for Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, en route back to Amsterdam; while the future, the Rainbow Warrior iii – a state-of-the-art 57m-long ship which “will use wind energy instead of fossil fuels and incorporate green marine technology” – is slated to launch later this year to coincide with the 40thanniversary of Greenpeace.







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