Times have changed in my home in Devon. Where the bay was mostly quiet with occasional sailing competitions, fishing boats, and the ferry which crosses back and forth, it's now a 'parking lot' for gigantic cruise ships with nowhere to go!
They have become a big attraction since their arrival last year - many huge cruise ships coming and going through the English Channel - anchoring, sailing off, then returning off the Devon coastline. At one time the three Cunard Line Queens, Mary, Elizabeth and Victoria, were there together, quite a sight. I've only seen that once when all were in port at Southampton and leaving on the Queen Victoria for a Baltic cruise several years ago. Those were the days.
"Ships are expected to take an extended stay in Torbay this Summer as some cruise companies cancel holiday bookings until late August. People all over Devon have become captivated with the daily movements of the laid-up cruise liners and the daily lives of the skeleton crews on board since their arrival. Ships have been anchoring across Babbacombe Bay and Tor Bay for the past 12 months due to the pandemic forcing cruise voyages to shut down - and leaving them with no where to go." Devon Live March 4, 2021
THE "DOLDRUMS" IS A NAUTICAL TERM THAT REFERS TO THE BELT AROUND THE EARTH NEAR THE EQUATOR WHERE SAILING SHIPS SOMETIMES GET STUCK ON WINDLESS WATERS.
In both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, sailors noticed that there was an area near the Equator where there was little or no wind. Without the wind to move their sail-powered boats, they would sometimes be stuck for days or weeks. They started calling these areas the doldrums.