PORTHOLE

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IT’S not been a happy few months for the cruise in­dus­try, and un­for­tu­nately, and it’s not been too much bet­ter on Aus­tralian rivers.

His­toric pad­dle ves­sel Am­phibi­ous sunk on the week­end at Echuca (pic­tured).

Ap­par­ently, the 143-year-old ves­sel sprung a leak, but there is hope; the ship sunk once be­fore in 1978, be­fore be­ing re­cov­ered and re­stored.

It was the sec­ond-old­est wooden ves­sel in Aus­tralia.

NO-ONE en­joys be­ing quar­an­tined; well, al­most noone.

A French cou­ple stuck on a boat in the Caribbean prob­a­bly have a bet­ter quar­an­tine sit­u­a­tion than most.

Chris­tian and Re­nee Com­menge live in the French over­seas re­gion of Guade­loupe, and were sail­ing around the nearby is­land of Mar­tinique when French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron an­nounced his coun­try’s lock­down, in­clud­ing its over­seas re­gions.

The Com­menges are still in lock­down on their 12-me­tre sail­boat; they are able to go for a swim from their boat, as they are at an­chor and not in port.

Not the worst sit­u­a­tion.

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