Published: April 15th 2009April 15th 2009
This past Wednesday, Somali pirates captured the Mearsk-Alabama; the ship carries the flag of the United States. The ship, which was carrying twenty crewmembers, is now a FBI crime scene as a result of the ordeal. Apparently the courageous crew risked their life and limbs by fighting back; one crew member successfully stabbed a Somali pirate with an ice pick. The heroic captain selflessly gave himself over to the pirates so that his crew would be left unharmed; the pirates left the ship to the crew and boarded a covered lifeboat with their captive. This brave soul, Captain Richard Phillips, also attempted an escape on Friday, but was recaptured by the armed pirates. After days of being held captive at the whim of the pirates, the Captain was rescued after President Obama authorized the use of force and the Navy heeded this directive successfully. As Capt. Phillips relived himself on one side of the boat, the Navy specialists killed three of the pirates and managed to take another hostage, while also saving Phillips. While Somali high seas pirate action is the last situation anyone wants to be in, fun Cleveland day trips allow for nautical adventures.
There are several places in the Greater Cleveland area that offer nautical fun. With summer coming up, Lake Erie offers the best option for sun, sand, and fun. Walk the pier or hop aboard a ship in the marina down at Edgewater Park.Other lakes, such as Huntington Beach in Bay Village and Wallace Lake in Berea, offer just as much fun in the sun. Wallace Lake also offers paddleboats for water enthusiasts. Swim, sunbathe, or just soak up some fun.
Another nautical adventure awaits visitors to the William G. Mather Steamship and Museum. The museum, located at 305 Mather Way, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, is the perfect place to go to learn more about shipping and nautical fun. It opens in May, so get prepared now. The USS Cod Submarine Memorial, a National Historic Landmark, is also docked in Cleveland. Both of the ships could be toured in one day; this would make the perfect Cleveland day trip. The Goodtime III offers narrated river tours, romantic dinner cruises, lunch tours, brunch tours, and more. Take the kids or go on a romantic date. The Goodtime III is an amazing way to spend a nautical Cleveland day trip sans pirates.
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