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A Holland America cruise ship saw four passengers die — and almost 140 more are sick.

In some lighter news, the crosswalk featured in The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album is getting a touch-up.

Those were some of the headlines I found today I thought you, too, may find interesting.

Four Passengers Dead on a Cruise Ship

Four Holland America cruise passengers on the same cruise died after presenting flu-like symptoms. And 138 other passengers and crew are reported ill, as well.

Deaths aboard cruise ships aren’t unheard of. In fact, most cruise ships have morgues. But four during the same sailing can’t be too common (right?). And almost 140 other sick souls certainly seems ominous.

In some positive-ish marine news —

Mercy Arrives in Los Angeles

I think this ship is damn impressive.

The floating hospital USNS Mercy arrived in the Port of Los Angeles this morning.

According to the US Navy:

USNS Mercy…(contains) 12 fully-equipped operating rooms, a 1,000 bed hospital facility, digital radiological services, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a CAT-scan and two oxygen producing plants. Each ship is equipped with a helicopter deck capable of landing large military helicopters. The ships also have side ports to take on patients at sea. When fully operational, the hospital ships have a crew of about 71 civilians and up to 1,200 Navy medical and communications personnel.

It will be used for non-coronavirus patients, so local hospitals can better deal with the COVID-19 load that may strike soon.

Photographer Uses Drone to Take Pictures of His Quarantined Neighbors

A photographer on lockdown was aching to take pictures. So he took his drone for a spin — and photographed his neighbors biding their time during the coronavirus quarantine.

Before you get skeeved out, the photographer assures, “All photos were taken with consent and I have permission from these people to share their images.”

American Airlines Flight Attendant Dies of Coronavirus

COVID-19 apparently claimed the life of a well-respected AA flight attendant. That’s terrible news. And thank you again to everyone still working essential jobs right now.

Abbey Road Gets a Paint Job

The UK’s coronavirus lockdown presented the opportunity for this iconic crosswalk to receive a fresh coat of paint.

The crosswalk was, of course, made famous as the album cover location for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

CNN’s Lilit Marcus (via MSN Travel) notes, “In 2010, Abbey Road was given protected status in the UK, making it the first street crossing to get the same level of recognition as famous buildings and monuments.”

— Chris

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