SCATS Loves Bob Ross

posted Jun 17, 2010
Stratocumulus Clouds Affirming Towering Statespeople
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by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2010 @ 7:59am
I feel bad for uncle teddy

by Joel 413 on 6/17/2010 @ 8:02am
@NIN I was thinking the same thing. He looks so frustrated in panel 4.

by The Jinxmedic on 6/17/2010 @ 8:53am
Poor TR. And they about to scrap the last surviving vessel of his "Great White Fleet", the USS Olympia.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/17/2010 @ 12:32pm
Why not send it to Olympia as a tourist thing?
It's not like a rusting hulk of a historic ship moored indefinitely in the port is an unprecedented event...

by Dave_L on 6/17/2010 @ 1:06pm
I didn't realize they were about to scuttle it, Jinx.
"The museum is no longer able to fund the preservation costs for Olympia. Historic steel-hulled ships should be drydocked for maintenance every twenty years, but Olympia has been in the water continuously since 1945. Essential repairs are estimated at $10 million. Plans to scuttle the Olympia making her into an artificial reef are under consideration. An independant non-profit corporation known as the Friends of the Cruiser Olympia was recently organized with the goal of preserving the Olympia."
Not to digress, but... Of course portions of the GWF steamed into Tacoma, and a soiled GWF painted-cloth mural was discovered in the Pythian temple. Discovered just a bit too late for the 100th anniversary celebration that was held in Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2010 @ 1:45pm
Somebody tell Steve Rodriguez, maybe he could use the Olympia as parts to repair the Kalakala

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/17/2010 @ 1:49pm
Battleship Olympia+Ferry Kalakala=?

Battleship Kalakala?
Starship Kalakala?
Battlestar Kalakala?

by The Jinxmedic on 6/17/2010 @ 2:02pm
I love the Olympia. I have been on it several times in Philadelphia, and the officer's wardroom and Captain's quarters with all of the Victorian woodwork will knock your socks off. If you have a chance, see this ship before they scrap it. Being Philadelphia (which seems to have NO regard for history - go figure!), they probably will do nothing to save the ship.

@Thorax- the Olympia is officially a Cruiser, not a Battleship. (Which makes it much cooler, in my opinion.)

by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2010 @ 4:38pm
nice teak! seems like a shame for it to be underwater.

Drag it ashore like the ruston fireboat i say

by The Jinxmedic on 6/17/2010 @ 4:57pm
She's very 19th century in that the 6-pounder broadside guns are actually located inside the cabins, much like a ship of the line in Nelson's day.

Note- This is something I would spend my money on if I was a Microsoft Millionaire (tm). Spend a couple of mil to buy her outright and make her seaworthy, and then tow her to the Tacoma waterfront via the Panama Canal (bet she hasn't been through there in a while!)

Why Tacoma and not her namesake city? You couldn't bring her to Olympia, because the Greeners would vandalize the heck out of her. Stupid Greeners. (that's why I didn't attend my graduation from that "esteemed instituition"-and had my BA diploma mailed to me, instead)

.BTW- It looks like TR didn't even touch his root beer float...

by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2010 @ 7:20pm
heh. well I know some 'greeners' that are going to love to get their tiny little fingers on this old ship... corals... barnacles... limpets.. UNDER THE SEA!

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/18/2010 @ 12:36am
I really like the concept of Battlestar Kalakala. Ought to do something with it.