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A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: July 7 2010 And After

The Time: Your Editors Vacation

The Place: Off Ko Olina, Hawaii

The Cargo: Film Making


"Discovery of The Black Pearl"

S/V Black Pearl

On The Scene Off Ko Olina

July 7 - 10 2010


S/V Black Pearl - She Always Seems To Have Better Days



In the grand scheme of things, one's vacation is intended to take one's family away from reminders of work.

This said, when it comes to pirates -- the lure is just too great!

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

There I Was On Vacation, Your Editor ...

I Would Have Ben Quite Happy To End This Photo Feature Here.

 I Was In Paradise With Nothing To Do.

No Disputes With U.S. Customs Over Product Classification,

No Cargo Law Legal Cases To Argue,

No Working On The Web Site.

All Was Quite Well.

The World Was On it's Own. I Was On A Lounge

Your Humble Editor, McD

 But Then ..... On The Horizon

My Camera Spied A Familiar Vessel!

Time To Investigate!

My Vacation Was Now Either On-Hold Or "Lost"

My Vacation Discovery Was of The S/V Black Pearl -- Star of The Pirates of The Caribbean Adventure Movies

Vacation Or Not -- Time To Get Back To Work!

My Friend Hugo Garcia & I Followed S/V Black Pearl To Her Secrect Filming Base.

Huge Preparations Are Going On Here For "Pirates of The Caribbean IV"

An Impressive Army of Film Professionals Attends S/V Black Pearl

The Famous Film Ship S/V Black Pearl At Berth. What A Vacation Find!

We Also Found Several Smoke Generator Boats Launch Each Day From The Ko Olina Resort Marina

The Film Trick They Use Is To Spread Smoke Around S/V Black Pearl, As If She Were In A Big Gun Battle

Indeed, We Witnessed Some Great Simulated Battles In Followig Days -- All Too Far Off To Photograph

Motorized Equipment Barge Brings Film Equipment To S/V Black Pearl For Filming At Sea

We Have No Pictures of The Event, But A Swarm Of These Smoke Generator Boats Encased S/V Black Pearl In Battle Smoke.

The Swarm of Film Production Boats Was Impressive

No More Beautiful Spot Could Have Been Chosen For The Next Pirates of The Caribbean Movie

The Lagoons of Ko Olina Are Indeed Paradise

In A Clever Move Hugo Garcia Captured Filming S/V Black Pearl At Sea

Movie Magic Shows Shot Holes In The Sails & Many Invisible Lines To Support Fights In The Rigging

Just To The Right of This Picture, S/V Black Pearl Has A Cargo Door Which Opens Like An Airfreighter Cargo Door

Sorry, Our picture of This Unique Vessel Feature Did Not Come Out. Hugo Garcia Is Still Learning The Camera.

The Cargo Door & Ramp Allow Heavy Filming Equipment To Be Loaded Aboard S/V Black Pearl

S/V Black Pearl - Perhaps The Most Famous Movie Vessel Afoat

The Pirates of The Caribbean Movies Have Created An Amazing Following

Studio Plans of S/V Black Pearl

Building S/V Black Pearl At Bayou La Batre in Alabama

The Original Movie S/V Black Pearl

In the first Disney movie, the S/V Black Pearl was a steel barge with wooden structures built on top to resemble a real ship. In addition, a soundstage set was used to achieve better control over fog machines. For the second and third movies, a floating sailing ship was actually built in the shipyards at Bayou La Batre in Alabama on the hull of ship M/V Sunset to serve as the set, though it is not an authentic tall ship.. Another version, mounted on a gimbal, was build for filming the famous Maelstrom battle in studio.

The Fictional History of S/V Black Pearl

S/V Black Pearl, originally HEIC Wicked Wench, is a fictional ship in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. S/V Black Pearl is easily recognized by her distinctive black hull and sails. This turns out to be an advantage in more than one way. Not only do the black sails act as a sort of intimidation tactic, but the Pearl's crew can put out the deck lamps for added stealth at night. The ship was originally named Wicked Wench before she was ordered burned and sunk by Lord Beckett. She was later raised from the sea floor by Davy Jones after making a pact with Jack Sparrow who rechristened her The Black Pearl. She is said to be, "nigh uncatchable". Indeed, in the three films she either overtakes or flees all other ships, including the HMS Interceptor (regarded as the fastest ship in the Caribbean) and the Flying Dutchman (which is actually faster against the wind). Her speed is derived from the large amount of sails she carries. She is noted in At World's End as being The only ship as wot (which) can outrun the Flying Dutchman.

Disney wanted to rename the Wicked Wench on the ride to Black Pearl but were denied licensing rights.[citation needed.

There is actually a ship named The Black Pearl; a brigantine located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA.

Why S/V Black Pearl Intersected My Vacation Off Ko Olina, Hawaii

Disney's Aulani Resort Is Scheduled To Open In 2011 With 350 Hotel Rooms And 480 Timeshare Units.

As You Can Tell, Hugo Garcia Did Not Take This Photo.

The Site Is Less Than A Mile From Disney Studios Filming Pirates of The Caribbean. Do You See See A Connection?

Disney Expects To Employ About 1,000 People At The New Resort, Now Hunting Ground of S/V Black Peal.

The Aulani Resort

There Are Two Towers With a Center Garden That Includes Water Features,

The Icon For The Aulani Resort Center Area Is "The Caldera"

The Volcanic Caldera Is A Tube Slide Which Takes Swimmers To An Adventurous Water Course

Cascading Through The Water Course, You'll Be Experiencing Rapids, A Bubbling Pool & Surprise Special Effects

 Disney's Aulani Resort Is Set To Open In 2011, But We Think The Launch May Be Late

The Aulani Resort Is Based Upon It's Three Ko Olina Engineered Lagoons

The Famous Film Ship S/V Black Pearl And The New Disney Aulani Resort

These Disney Marketing Pirates Are Very Clever!

Look For Disney's New Pirates of The Caribbean 4 Movie in Theaters 2011

As For My Vacation .....

.... Now On The Set of TV's "Lost" ....

... I Think Lost Is A Good Thing To Be.

Until This Vacation Is Over, I'm Avoiding All Ships .... And Will Just Be Lost!


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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Film Crew of Pirates of The Caribbean - Pure Genius For The Entertainment of Us All.

We Also Dedicate The Feature To Mr.& Mrs. Sean & Hugo Garcia Who Shared Our Vacation And Put Up With All The Pirate Stuff

Indeed, It Was Hugo Whose Famous "Stealth Sandals" Helped Us Creap Into The Black Pearl Filming Areas To Bring You This Feature.

Who Could Ever Have Such Great Friends as These ... Even If He Is Still Leaning The Camera?


SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.

INDEX TO OUR "Discovery of The Black Pearl" PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:

Important Links To Our Feature:
Disney's Aulani Resort

Some of Our Other Fire At Sea Features:

"Great Misfortune"- M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006

M/T Vicuna Explodes - for Jan. 2005

"T-E-U Bar-Be-Cue" - aftermath of the M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania Loss - Nov. 2002

"Thar She Blows!" - M/V Hanjin Pennsylvania - Nov. 2002

"Meals: Ready To Explode" - Navy Barbecue at Guam June 2001

And ..... "Fighting Fires On Mars" - Jan. 2008

Our Daily Vessel Casualties - stay informed

"Singles Only" - visit our individual moments of transport crisis for more.

The Greatest Container Losses Of All Time - these are the grand fathers -

M/V OOCL America

M/V APL China

M/V APL Panama - The EPIC

"Great Misfortune"- M/V Hyundai Fortune - March 2006

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by sea continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker. 

It's very dangerous out there.

EDITOR'S NOTE FOR SURVEYORS, ATTORNEYS & MARINE ADJUSTERS: The Internet edition effort of The Cargo Letter now celebrates it's 8th Year of Service -- making us quite senior in this segment of the industry. We once estimated container underway losses at about 1,500 per year. Lloyd's put that figure at about 10,000 earlier this year. Quite obviously, the reporting mechanism for these massive losses is not supported by the lines. News of these events is not posted to the maritime community. Our new project is to call upon you -- those handling the claims -- to let us know of each container loss at sea-- in confidentiality. Many of you survey on behalf of cargo interests with no need for confidentiality. Others work for the lines & need to be protected. As a respected Int'l publication, The Cargo Letter enjoys full press privileges & cannot be forced to disclose our sources of information. No successful attempt has ever been made. If a personal notation for your report is desired -- each contributor will be given a "hot link" to your company Website in each & every report. Please take moment & report your "overside" containers to us. If you do not wish attribution, your entry will be "anonymous." This will will benefit our industry -- for obvious reasons! McD

* NOTE: The Cargo Letter wants you to know that by keeping the identity of our contributors 100% Confidential, you are able to view our continuing series of "Cargo Disasters." Our friends send us materials which benefit the industry. The materials are provided to our news publication with complete and enforceable confidentiality for the sender. In turn, we provide these materials to you.  

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