Tony Abbott recently announced that his Government had ‘stopped the boats’ following 100 days without and arrival. In honour of that three word slogan The Skewer takes an in depth look at some of the greatest people who ever lived and stopped boats at the same time.
"Lay Down Sally" Robbins
The infamous Lay Down Sally only stopped two boats in her career, but given they were at Olympic and World Championship level she earns extra points for coming through when it matters. An athlete after Tony Abbott's own heart.
The Iceberg the sank the Titanic
One of the most infamous boat stoppers of all time. This iceberg may have only stopped one boat, but it boasts 100% success rate, something Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have tried to emulate. The Indian Ocean is probably too warm to try this tactic.
"Silent Otto" - Otto Kretschmer
The number one U-boat ace of WWII, 'Silent Otto' held the German Kriegsmarine's record for stopping the boats. While patrolling the Atlantic Ocean Kretschmer and his crew sunk 47 ships trying to reach England. He was regarded a national hero for his exploits, something Tony Abbott is also be hoping to achieve.
The menacing white sperm whale struck fear into sailors of legend, chomping its' way through boats and bone alike. Maybe a menacing well-trained cephalopod could be the secret to Abbott's 'Stop the Boats' policy.
Faced with an overwhelming number of incoming boat people, Tyrion's defence of Kings Landing at the Battle of the Blackwater is the stuff of legend. The use of wildfire to stop asylum seeker boats probably wouldn't go down well with the Australian public, however.
General Liu Bei
Facing an opposing force numbering 220,000 to his 50,000, Liu Bei used tactical cunning on the waters of the Yangtze River to destroy the invading fleet of Cao Cao at the famous battle of Red Cliffs. Bei burnt half Cao Cao's boats and forced the rest back the way they had come. Even though it is Kevin Rudd who has a better knowledge of Chinese history, Prime Minister Abbott is the one most fond of the turning back the boats.
Ramses III of Egypt.
Way back in 1175 BCE pharaoh Remesses III was plagued by in influx of the so called 'Sea Peoples' (the ancient term for Boat People) looking for better lands along Egypt's coast. Worried the situation was getting out of control, Ramesses got a fleet together and sailed out against thousands of invading boats at the Battle of the Nile Delta. He banishing the Sea People back out into the Mediteranian once and for all. It's not known if Tony Abbott has attempted to command any navy boats himself.