ScientolologyMyths updated: Freewinds article

You might have heard about a Scientology ship called “Freewinds”. This – at least in the Wild West space of the internet – was a hot topic for some Scientology critics in the past weeks. Stories about the ship being wrecked, poisonous etc circulated without much grounding in reality. Anyway, I thought you might be interested in some information what this is all about. You find it here:

http://www.scientologymyths.info/freewinds/

– Louanne

2 Comments

  1. @Comment by Fancy The Bard on July 9, 2008 6:21 pm

    Thanks, I actually DID call – and not only them – many weeks ago after some pretty absurd online spins were making their rounds.

    The true story is simple and not exciting at all: the Freewinds is regularly doing and passing their air quality tests, doing those test in the knowledge that there is asbestos on the ship (as fire retardant, below a thick layer of encapsulation) which is normal for ships of this age – there were no other materials being used in the 1970s and 1980s. Per the test results no asbestos ever got in the air.

    Now, when starting the scheduled refit in dry dock, those walls with an asbestos layer were opened up, the workers knew about the asbestos and had appropriate protection before they went in. The ship was sealed off for normal visitors and other contractors while the specialists worked in there. So much for “sealed off” (true, but not really).

    The work in and on the ship was finished on schedule for the annual Maiden Voyage celebrations (20 years this time) 3 weeks ago. The ship is cruising as usual since. End of story.

    – Louanne

  2. Hi Lou, this was posted over in the “got questions” thread but I figured it should be over here too as it will help people find out if the claims of blue asbestos on the Freewinds is “grounded in reality” as you put it, or not.

    “Here Lou, I’ll help you out. Here’s the contact info for the Curacao Drydock Company, the folks who are housing the Freewinds during it’s refit and the ones who the article states discovered the asbestos and quarantined the ship.

    Now you will be able to contact them directly and ask them as to whether the Freewinds is loaded with asbestos and if it was sealed off.

    Curacao Drydock Company, Inc. Dokweg 1, Koningsplein, P.O. Box 3012, Cura硯, Netherlands Antilles
    Telephone:
    +(5999)-733-0000
    Fax:
    +(5999)-736-5580
    E-mail:
    info@cdmnv.com

    Hope it helps.”


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