I sent the following notice to the person who supplied me with the horrific photographs of immigrants swamping a tramp steamer to be taken to Italy. A reader’s comments about those photographs persuaded me to remove that post.
I am concerned about the provenance of the photos you were supplied and which you sent to me for “A Troopship of the European Apocalypse.” See:
What's interesting is the pictures show two different departures. In one set of shots, the ship is moored port-side-to, at a pier with cranes, and in others, starboard-side-to, at a pier without. The ship's name across the stern is partially painted over in the shot where you have mistaken the old-fashioned "cruiser" stern for the bow. in the last shot, you are looking at the port (left) side of the ship, toward the bow. So how many times has this ship made the trip, grossly overloaded? More than once.
11/10/15, 7:27 AM
Hmmm... the ship's name is Vlora, and at least one of the photos dates to 1991. 20,000 Albanian refugees fled the collapsing communist regime. I would be surprised if a that ship were still afloat.
11/10/15, 7:34 AM
I was beginning to have questions in my own mind about them. And, for all I know, as dramatic as the pictures are, they may have been altered or PhotoShopped. So, I have removed the posts from Rule of Reason and edwardcline.com. Unless your source can provide better and more specific details about their origin, I won't be reposting the column.
However, I have no doubt that Europe is facing an immigration Apocalypse.