Monday, October 03, 2005

Bowling for Gondolas--Vaporetto Destroys Gondolas

Three gondolas sank, two gondolas were seriously damaged, and fourteen poles were lost during the latest spectacular accident in Venice. Last Friday at 7:30 a.m., a broken gear transformed a motor launch into waterborne bowling ball in front of the Hotel Bauer at the end of the Grand Canal. Only the early morning hour averted a human disaster: at that time of day, the gondolas were without passengers. However, the damage was considerable. The three gondolas are beyond repair, and the cost of replacement is estimated to be about 100,000 euros. (From "BUONGIORNO VENEZIA - This Week in Venice" published by VENICEWORD INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SERVICES in Venice, Italy - 3 October 2005.) Posted by Picasa

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