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Greenpeace began on the sea It earned its first fame by sailing into the US atomic test site in the North Pacific and through the fights to save the seals and the whales The sea -- with its vast expanses and murky depths home of leviathan burial ground for atomic reactors and toxic wastes its very immensity a cloak for the un scrupulous belonging to everyone but no one and so to be seized and used at the will of the mighty -- the deep sea and its inhabitants have no neighbours and no witnesses to protest what is happening to them The Greenpeace fleet attempts to be that witness and good neighbour checking to see that agreements are observed to protest and when possible prevent destruction of marine life and resources Greenpeaces ships - and some of the fast and manoeuvrable in flatable dinghies that have proved so effective in Greenpeace protest actions - are the organizations unique contribution to the environmental movement The larger ships are all equipped with complete satellite communications facilities as well as all the day to day needed items to run a professional sea going vessel at sea The name Rainbow Warrior was inspired by a North American Indian legend which prophesies that when man has destroyed the world through his greed the Warriors of the Rainbow will arise to save it again The new Rainbow Warrior replaces the original sunk by the French secret service in 1985 The three mast schooner was rebuilt on the hull of the former fishing vessel Grampian Fame and launched on July 10 1989 the anniversary of the sinking of her predecessor Equipped with the latest in electronic navigation sailing and communication equipment she is an oceangoing vessel intended for assignments in the Pacific Sirius is named for the star Sirius the brightest star in the firmament and a positive potent since ancient times
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