Aboard Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior

The first campaign ship purpose built for Greenpeace, Rainbow Warrior was launched in 2011. Come aboard, we're expecting you.

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Greenpeace brought it's new Rainbow Warrior ship, the first campaign ship purpose built for Greenpeace, to the San Francisco Bay this month.

Come take a look around...



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The 53-meter A-frame masts allow it to carry 5 giant sails, more than most ships this size. They can carry it along at 14 knots under sail.

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This is one of the fast rescue boats ready to be deployed for operations. They can be used to pull someone out of the water or obstruct the path of a whaling vessel.

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The Warrior is one of few sailing vessels with a helicopter pad, used as an "eye in the sky" to monitor illegal fishing and get close to rough coasts. (The tent covering isn't there when the ship is at sea).

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This is the wheelhouse, from which the captain controls the ship. The Rainbow Warrior also has a communications room with a constant satellite Internet connection, for videoconferencing and other campaign work.

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The steering wheel, and to the right the throttle for the electric-drive engine when there's not enough wind to sail.

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An electric-powered crow's nest can shimmy up and down the outside of the A-frame mast.

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A crew member attaches a "Free the Arctic 30" banner. It refers to 28 activists, a photographer and a videographer who were arrested during a peaceful protest at a Gazprom oil rig to draw attention to climate change. They've been charged with piracy and hooliganism and are being held at a Russian detention center.

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The bow of the ship, with the San Francisco Bay Bridge in the background. This is the third Rainbow Warrior ship. The first was bombed and sunk by the French in 1985, the second was retired two years ago.

A carved dolphin on the bow of the ship is a reminder of its mission.

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