Saturday, March 17, 2012

For Whom The (Cruise Ship) Bell Tolls

Well this is certainly embarrassing news out of Rome. Despite the presence of "laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck and 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police" it has been reported by the National Post that underwater thieves have made off with the Costa Concordia's ship's bell.

Apparently it's a fact that some people will go to great lengths to steal almost anything. While the daring heist happened nearly two weeks ago, we have yet to see the bell advertised on eBay. However, keep an eye out for it in the cruise memorabilia category: "Ship's Bell, inscribed with Costa Concordia and 2006, the year the ship was christened."


Anonymous said...

You think the ship's bell, bolted to the mast for all to see, is the only thing that's been stolen?

Linda Coffman, AKA Cruise Diva said...

Probably not the only thing missing, Anonymous. It's just the first to hit the news.

Anonymous said...

Not sure of the going price for brass but you can bet said bell has long since been melted down and sold.

People who muscle nearly 100 pounds of metal out of the water aren't interested in hanging on to an incriminating artifact.

"Guests" from host countries touring Navy ships have made off with 50lb brass fuse box covers under the nose of the tour guide responsible for preventing such things. Granted the thief probably brought his pneumatic niece with him to distract unwitting tour guide.