Good-Bye Triumph

Good-Bye Triumph

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A horn signals the Carnival Triumph's final departure from Mobile.  This is a bittersweet goodbye for local officials.

 

"Well I'm glad for Carnival but sad too because we've enjoyed having them for 36 days," says Alabama Cruise Terminal General Manager Sheila Gurganus.  The ship was slowly guided south down the shipping lane with another series of tugboats at her side.  The only difference this time is the ship can move on its own power now.

 

Some of the scars of its time here are evident--like scraping on the top port side, and other damage around the forward section.  City officials say the Triumph's time here has built up a lot of good will between Carnival and Mobile.  The city still has to make a business case to Carnival that the people they can reach with a cruise ship ported here will make them money. 

 

"We have another meeting with them in June, sometime in Miami to talk about that as well as two other cruise lines," says Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.  The ship had an engine fire that left it without power.  Hundreds of tired passengers streamed into Mobile after the ship was stranded for days.  In early April high winds made the Triumph break free of its moorings.  It was an accident that resulted in the death of a BAE employee named "Buster" Johnson. 

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