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Old May 6 2010, 05:29 AM   #1
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Yes, you read that correctly. I was in London last week, visiting my friend Anneli (a fellow staff member here). When we were on a tour on the Thames river, not far from Tower Bridge she spotted this mighty tugboat and pointed it out to me



Maybe it looks a little less mighty alongside the venerable HMS Belfast, but it still is very special that someone used Steven's screen name for their ship, ain't it?

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Old May 6 2010, 06:35 AM   #2
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I wonder whether it was named for Steven B. Smith (poet/artist/underground publisher) or Steven B. Smith (Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University)?

What a nice trip you had Hans. I've done that river one myself a few times over the decades. You and Anneli seem to come up with interesting things when you do one together.
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Why thank you, P'ter.

My though is that it is named after Steven Bennett, the owner of Bennett's Barges (but that's just a guess, mind you)
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Amazing .

River tours sound like the thing to do these days when entertaining a guest. Hans took me on a fantastic tour of the river at the port of Rotterdam. There was a small tanker craft there named after Hans' son.
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Actually I saw a narge named "Hans" on the Thames, on our way back from Greenwich

Steven, we visited the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and all of us had to think of you!
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Nifty!


P'ter - I know another Steve Smith, though he's Stephen M. Smith, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford...and my brother-in-law!
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I know a Steve Smith, too or at least know of him. He's one of our local meteorologists, and he was a member of my father's high school graduating class.
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Oh you are such a lucky Dutchman to live so close to such wonderful places and friends...where just a hop over the channel and you get to go visiting...I am so incredibly jealous. I do really hope you had a fantastic time on your visit...really...especially for those of us who would have loved to've been there with you too!!!
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Amazing .

River tours sound like the thing to do these days when entertaining a guest. Hans took me on a fantastic tour of the river at the port of Rotterdam. There was a small tanker craft there named after Hans' son.
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Old May 9 2010, 12:31 AM   #11
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Hans...You and Steven aren't playing around with your computers again are you?.....................
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Now: was that one named for Neils Bore, or the Severn Bohr?
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Now: was that one named for Neils Bore, or the Severn Bohr?
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One of these days I hope to have time to arrange a weekend away but all my annual leave is taken up with the trip to Oz. Maybe next year (March) when my leave is recalculated.
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Hans...You and Steven aren't playing around with your computers again are you?.....................
No, the "Neils" tanker was genuine. I saw it myself at the same time as Hans.
But I see what you mean - it would be possible in Photoshop to replace the name with a different one.

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Old May 9 2010, 11:05 AM   #15
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Cross my heart... dear Maelin, but no, this isn't a case of Photoshop. It was all real.

And with all respects folks but as a genealogist who in keen and values (correct) names, my son is called Niels, a variation on the Scandinavian Nils, and not Neils. I know that'll be hard for the English speakers, but as I said...
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Oops, it's easy to tronspase the letters by mistake. Funnily enough, though, a lot of names originate from mis-translations. Lanen's Scottish roots come from the McEwan clan, who were mis-translated into "Ewing" by someone making a list of new arrivals in the Americas.
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For the record, I can vouch for the fact that Hans was duly here when we saw the StevenB on the Thames
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W eeeee l l ok then...no hocus-pocus...THIS TIME....
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Hans, would Niels be said the same as Nile (as in the river Nile) but with an S on the end. My Dutch is kind of limited and only learnt off friends who are of Dutch descendants ~ they're 1st/2nd generation Australians. Just a small query?
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No, Jube, Niels is pronounced "neals".

And As I said, it is a Scandinavian name originally and not Dutch. I think prior to the 1950's it wasn't used in our country.
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Heh. Those Vikings get everywhere. My surname is Traill, common in Orkney, from whence came my great-grandfather. Originally Trøll.

But I'm not, honest, being both handsome and benign . . .

ETA - 'Way back, at school, I was known as Wall the Troll. But that was 30 years before the internet.
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Heh. Those Vikings get everywhere. My surname is Traill, common in Orkney, from whence came my great-grandfather. Originally Trøll.

But I'm not, honest, being both handsome and benign . . .

ETA - 'Way back, at school, I was known as Wall the Troll. But that was 30 years before the internet.
But then, my friend, you only live a proverbial "stone's throw" from Scandinavia and you are very right: those Vikings got everywhere.

Last year I was in the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, where they preserved Viking grafitti on the wall and balustrade!

I do understand why you didn't take that old nickname as your screenname when the internet did materialize
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