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๐Ÿ”— Friendly Floatees

๐Ÿ”— Toys ๐Ÿ”— Shipwrecks ๐Ÿ”— Oceans

Friendly Floatees are plastic bath toys marketed by The First Years, and made famous by the work of Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who models ocean currents on the basis of flotsam movements. Ebbesmeyer studied the movements of a consignment of 29,000 Friendly Floateesโ€”yellow ducks, red beavers, blue turtles and green frogsโ€”which were washed into the Pacific Ocean in 1992. Some of the toys landed along Pacific Ocean shores, such as Hawaii. Others traveled over 17,000 miles, floating over the site where the Titanic sank, and spent years frozen in Arctic ice to reach the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, British and Irish shores 15 years later in 2007.

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๐Ÿ”— Pourquoi-Pas (1908)

๐Ÿ”— France ๐Ÿ”— Ships ๐Ÿ”— Shipwrecks

Pourquoi Pas? IV (English: Why Not? IV) was the fourth ship built for Jean-Baptiste Charcot, which completed the second Charcot expedition of the Antarctic regions from 1908 to 1910. Charcot died aboard when the ship was wrecked on 16 September 1936, off the coast of Iceland. Of the forty men on board, only one survived.

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๐Ÿ”— Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

๐Ÿ”— France ๐Ÿ”— Military history ๐Ÿ”— Terrorism ๐Ÿ”— New Zealand ๐Ÿ”— Military history/Intelligence ๐Ÿ”— Military history/Maritime warfare ๐Ÿ”— Military history/French military history ๐Ÿ”— Shipwrecks ๐Ÿ”— New Zealand/New Zealand politics ๐Ÿ”— Military history/European military history

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, codenamed Opรฉration Satanique, was a bombing operation by the "action" branch of the French foreign intelligence services, the Direction gรฉnรฉrale de la sรฉcuritรฉ extรฉrieure (DGSE), carried out on 10 July 1985. During the operation, two operatives sank the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, the Rainbow Warrior, at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand on its way to a protest against a planned French nuclear test in Moruroa. Fernando Pereira, a photographer, drowned on the sinking ship.

France initially denied responsibility, but two French agents were captured by New Zealand Police and charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, willful damage, and murder. As the truth came out, the scandal resulted in the resignation of the French Defence Minister Charles Hernu. The two agents pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to ten years in prison. They spent a little over two years confined to the French island of Hao before being freed by the French government.

Several political figures, including then New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange, have referred to the bombing as an act of terrorism or state-sponsored terrorism.

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๐Ÿ”— Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan and Derelict

๐Ÿ”— Shipwrecks

In maritime law, flotsam, jetsam, lagan, and derelict are specific kinds of shipwreck. The words have specific nautical meanings, with legal consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage. A shipwreck is defined as the remains of a ship that has been wreckedโ€”a destroyed ship at sea, whether it has sunk or is floating on the surface of the water.