Posted by: Jerry Garrett | June 2, 2017

Driving My Mercedes To Italy – Hurricane Season

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The Duesseldorf Express cargo ship is now more than halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, on a 3,500-mile route from Caucedo, Dominica, to Lisbon, Portugal.

This is the ship with my 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL in a container on board, en route from Los Angeles to me in Italy.Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 10.41.08 AM

And yes, dear readers, thanks for pointing out that the 2017 Hurricane Season officially began June 1.

Fortunately, there are no storms firing up in the tropical convergence zone. So it looks like a smooth crossing for the Duesseldorf Express.

How lucky is that? I don’t know, but I’ve done three trans-Atlantic cruises in recent years, and on all three, the ships I was on encountered Category 7 storms.

On one trip, on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II, we veered north to miss a hurricane – only to have the hurricane veer unexpectedly north too – right into our path; that was a rugged 24-hours. Dishes shattered, displays fell, the outside areas were closed off.

On a Royal Caribbean ship (can’t remember if it was Monarch of the Seas, or Majesty of the Seas – I’ve been on both) took a wave over Deck 11.

On the third, the Norwegian Epic, we were battered for 36 hours, with waves often up to the lifeboats. We saw scores of passengers with bruises, bandages and casts the morning after the worst night of it.

“Even I was worried,” our captain said.

Barring any unforeseen weather or other delays, the Duesseldorf Express is due in Lisbon early Tuesday, June 6. From there, it makes stops in Tangiers, Valencia, Cagliari and Livorno before finally arriving in Genoa, late June 13.

It will have been more than two months since I waved goodbye to the Mercedes, as it left my driveway. I wonder if it will still start?

Jerry Garrett

June 2, 2017



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