Trip Start Dec 07, 2007
22Trip End Dec 25, 2007
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We took the city tour and saw parts of the old city, visited the ox cart and mule train wagon sculptures, heard about the last four aboriginals that were taken to Europe where they died, passed through a 'well-to-do' community and then back to the ship.
That afternoon, the sun finally broke through and helped dry things out
During World War II, a famous incident involving the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee took place in Punta del Este, 200 km from Montevideo. After the Battle of the River Plate with the British navy on December 13, 1939, the Graf Spee retreated to Montevideo's port, which was considered neutral. To avoid risking the crew in what he thought would be a losing battle, Captain Hans Langsdorff scuttled the ship on December 17. Langsdorff committed suicide two days later. On 10 February 2006, the eagle figurehead of the Admiral Graf Spee was recovered. To protect the feelings of those still sensitive to Nazi Germany, the swastika on the figurehead was covered as it was pulled from the water.
As we were nearing the mouth of the channel, a tug and barge cross our path, headed to Buenos Aires. As we near, the cable breaks between the barge and tug, and as the ship is still ramping up to cruising speed there is no escape from ramming the barge. The captain hits is square in the stern, knocking containers and cars into the sea and crushing some of the other containers. The crew on the barge rush to bow to get away from the damage and potential danger.
We are unable to stop the ship and so continue out to the mouth of the channel and there drop anchor. A pilot ship comes out to assess the damage to the boat and determines that repairs may be required. With the debris from the barge now blocking the channel, the Port Authority of Montevideo closes the harbour and the channel, until it can be cleared and assessed safe. This has trapped the Celebrity Infinity in dock.
We'll have to wait and see what happens and when we will be able to continue our journey.