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You likely heard about the Hong Kong floating restaurant that sank recently while being towed “somewhere.”  No one was hurt, and it sank in a deep part of the ocean, so it will remain at the bottom, maybe as a venue for the mer-creatures.  Second lives for vessels as restaurants, etc., are tough.

Here was the original Something Different 4.  Click on the image below and you’ll get an 8:37 video of the ill-fated Jumbo as it was extricated by tugboats from its erstwhile piece of then harbor in Hong Kong.  These two images are video grabs, hence a bit blurry. 

If I follow this correctly, this version of a floating restaurant with seating for 2300 diners was built in the late 1970s by Chung Wah Shipbuilding.  The 260′ establishment,  part of Jumbo Kingdom, had closed due to Covid.

Floating bars and restaurants are nothing new.  Here was a post with an image of a similar floating restaurant in mainland China.  Manhattan has Pier 66, among several others. It was going to have one called Water Table, until that boat–Revolution–was catastrophically damaged.  

 I’ve eaten at a place similar in Rotterdam, simply called De Chinese Boot;  aside from slightly different spelling, you just read Dutch language there.

I still have WiFi because we’re still at the dock. 

 

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