Posted by: Jerry Garrett | May 15, 2017

Driving My Mercedes To Italy – Day 3

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The cargo ship carrying my classic Mercedes has vanished.

I was tracking it yesterday, as it was chugging resolutely along at 20 knots, in the Pacific Ocean about 200 kilometers south of Ensenada, Mexico, when it disappeared from the tracking screen.

This morning the ship, the Duesseldorf Express, is still missing.

I’m not especially worried. I think VesselFinder, the tracking app that I’m using, doesn’t offer good coverage in this remote area of the Pacific. The ship is due in Manzanillo, Mexico by 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, and if it doesn’t reappear by then, I may start to worry.

But it was unusual. The ship was really plowing along; 20+ knots seems pretty stout for 930-foot container ship that’s nearly 20 years old. But I’m not an expert in cargo carriers. And it was just passing another cargo ship that did not blip off the tracking screen at that moment, like the Duesseldorf Express did.

So this feeds my already over-active writer’s imagination.

What if there was a problem?

Yes, I do have insurance. It’s a special kind of insurance rider on my usual insurance with Hagerty, my favorite classic car insurance specialists. Hagerty offered the coverage for $250 for the anticipated month-long voyage (the shipper Schumacher Cargo Logistics offered something similar for $400). So the Mercedes is covered for everything that might happen to it on this voyage, from Los Angeles to Genoa, Italy – from minor damage banging around inside the container, to sea water seepage, to total loss.

If anyone sees a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL washing up on a beach in Baja California, here’s what mine looks like:


Jerry Garrett

May 15, 2017

Update: Thanks to everyone who offered to help me spend my insurance payoff, but that won’t be necessary as yet. A different website, Fleetmon, at 4:45 a.m. southern Mexico time says the Duesseldorf Express is still “under way, using engine” and is now four hours away from its next port of call, in Manzanillo, Mexico!



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