I have a tall, concrete bird bath that I need to get moved or shipped. It probably weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 pounds. It will need to get from Duluth, MN to Portland, OR. What is the best option here? Do we call a moving company there and try and get it to hitch a ride? Hire a college student on a road trip? [more inside]
posted by mimo
on Jun 7, 2014 -
I will be working as a deckhand on a tall ship this summer, sailing up and down the East Coast of the U.S. I need to buy foul weather gear in the next few days. I know I need a jacket, pants, boots, and a rigging knife. What should I look for when I purchase these items? Is there anything else essential that I need, gear-wise? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight
on May 21, 2014 -
My Google skills are failing me.
I remember reading something about how there is no point in building a fast spacecraft and sending it out into the universe because at some point in the future we will build a faster ship that will overtake it, so we might as well wait, and wait, and wait, until we have the better technology and we never end up building a ship.
Does anyone know what this is called or have any extra information?
posted by UltraFleece
on Mar 13, 2014 -
I plan to sail around the world with several people and regulations state that I have to have a stocked medicine chest on the boat. I have a book by the world health organization called "International medical guide for ships" that has a list off the different medications I need to have and when to use them and the dose ect. but it does not say where to get these medications, many of which are normally prescription in the US. What do most small ships do?
posted by john123357
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I'm interested in booking a cruise with some friends for a New Year's Eve vacation. What cruise lines and ships do you recommend, and given the holiday, what recommendations do you have to make the trip affordable, since it seems that most lines have marked up sailing dates around the holidays? [more inside]
posted by cdemay
on May 5, 2013 -
I have an old laptop I'd like to send to my relatives in Poland. How would I go about this? Does this even make economic sense? [more inside]
posted by echo target
on May 3, 2013 -
According to this article
the Norwegians are planning on building the worlds first ship tunnel. I'm curious how a ship tunnel differs from a canal tunnel
I don't thinks the size matters since the Rove Tunnel
is longer than the proposed Norwegian tunnel and nearly as wide.
A friend argued that a ship tunnel is connected to the Ocean and consequently subject to tides whatnot. I don't find this persuasive since the Rove tunnel connects to the Mediterranean.
What is the difference between a ship tunnel and canal tunnel that allows to claim they are making the first ship tunnel?
posted by Confess, Fletch
on Apr 19, 2013 -
I’m going to be going on a cruise next year with my parents (at their request and expense). Not to sound like a little brat, but I’m a bit nervous that I’m going to be trapped on the U.S.S. Las Vegas when that is NOT my scene. Help? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog
on Jan 1, 2012 -
Several model boats in the Brussels city museum have a rounded triangular structure attached to the side, as seen here
, mouseover for highlighting. What is it called, and what is it for?
posted by TheophileEscargot
on Dec 7, 2011 -
If a ship in the current can't pull an anchor -- that's the purpose of the anchor, right? -- how do sailors pull the anchor up when they need to?
posted by LonnieK
on Sep 14, 2011 -
Have you ever shipped a car to Hawaii? From Long Beach. Boating advice requested. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom
on Jun 24, 2011 -
I took the night ship from Oslo to Copenhagen last week. When we were about an hour out of Oslo, two of these
boats came up on us out of nowhere, spent nearly an hour zooming up and down the length of the ship and back and forth across the wake, then abruptly vanished. Who were they and what, exactly, were they doing? [more inside]
posted by anderjen
on Aug 23, 2010 -
I am considering a wooden ship model as a housewarming gift, the giftee just bought a grand old Connectcut home on the water and loves sailing ships--and has nothing like this at all.
I know nothing about these models, but see that there are many sellers online. I am willing to spend money for something that is great. It appears that models of classic America's Cup yachts are popular (and do appear impressive). Any suggestions? what ships are best? Ok to buy online? a good gift?
posted by Duck_Lips
on Apr 30, 2010 -
Can anyone find any information online about the wreck of the schooner Clarendon off Cape Cod (possibly Provincetown) in the 1850s? I know that several men were given rewards in 1856 for its rescue as documented here
, but that's all I've got and I would like to know more.
posted by Mayor Curley
on Apr 11, 2010 -
Moving from the Bay area to New York without knowing where I'll live in NY -- how do I ship my stuff without knowing a delivery address. Alternatively, how do I find a temporary place remotely. [more inside]
posted by bsdfish
on Feb 26, 2010 -
Career Filter: My goal is to spend a few years (maybe more) living at sea as professional crew on a ship/yacht/tall ship. How do I get there quickly but responsibly? What training? What is the job market like? What jobs to look for? Help!? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on Oct 22, 2009 -
How feasible is it to find work on a boat in Colombia/Venezuela/Panama that is bound for the eastern seaboard of the United States, preferably Norfolk or Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Jan 27, 2009 -
Could someone please explain these lines from Stephen King's The Tommyknockers
"For want of a shoe, the kingdom was lost... for the choice of a path, the ship was found."
posted by murtagh
on Jan 3, 2009 -
What's the cheapest way to get from the US to England without taking an airplane?
posted by archagon
on Jul 10, 2008 -
Where exactly did my ancestors disembark in New York when they arrived from Ireland? [more inside]
posted by pantufla
on Dec 19, 2007 -
Mailing a bed 2,000 miles- how can I do it, and is it even worth it? [more inside]
posted by doift
on Aug 12, 2007 -
Wondering how to: Travel with 26 foot (cured black spruce) tipi poles, canvas and various assorted camping gear from Toronto Canada to England / Wales. Alternatively: How do I rent a tipi or a yurt (or other rustic / gypsy style camping caravans) in the UK?
posted by ndicecco
on May 20, 2007 -
Can anyone remember this book from my childhood? I know it was by two authors, science fiction. [more inside]
posted by lohmannn
on Jul 26, 2006 -
How compatible are parts in Volkswagen cars made for US market (made in Mexico I guess) with their counterparts made and driven in Europe? [more inside]
posted by yabo
on Feb 20, 2006 -
Can someone buy a doorbell that plays those "chimes" that we hear as the dinner announcement on cruise ships? [more inside]
posted by stst399
on Dec 10, 2005 -
Help me get myself across the Atlantic or Pacific without using an airplane. [more inside]
posted by lorrer
on Sep 14, 2005 -
My fiancee and I are planning our honeymoon and thought a cruise might be a nice experience. We are looking for recommendations on cruise lines, ships, and destinations. A little about us: We are 30 & 29, employed decently, but are cost concious as we are saving for a home, and pretty hip (if I do say so myself). Our most important criteria in selecting a cruise (line) are diversity in activities, best value, cleanliness, and service. We have only been to St. Thomas and Cancun, and a loop hitting other destinations would be prefered. Mainly, something not astrinomical in $, on a clean fun ship with 20-30 somethings (no toddler or bingo bus rides please) for a few days would be great. Thanks for any recommendations in advance!!
posted by skyguy14
on Aug 16, 2005 -
I just finished watching Titanic (again), and I'm wondering how common it was historically for a captain to go down with the ship? Are naval captains today told to go down with the ship? Is it inherently honorable, or just an antiquated concept?
posted by surferboy
on Apr 24, 2005 -
My Mom is selling her house, moving to a new place and given me an ultimatum. She says I have one year to get my crap from her or it is no longer mine. As a result, I need to ship a large, antique, wooden cabinet 2,000+ miles. It probably weighs about 100 lbs. How can this be accomplished for a reasonable cost? What is a reasonable cost for this type of job? How do you protect the piece of furniture during shipping? Are there any companies you have worked with and recommend?
posted by onhazier
on Jan 28, 2005 -
If one wanted to cross the Atlantic (west to east) on the cheap, and the time wasn't really a factor, how would one go about doing that? Are there still tramp steamers?
posted by Capn
on Jan 28, 2005 -
Airbus will announce
their new "flying cruise ship" (see pictures) this week and it will probably be beyond the cost for most people. But it made me think that we all ideally want to travel like that, but put up with crowded planes because they are fast and relatively cheap. Ships used to be the way to travel across the Atlantic, is it possible to travel by ship across the Atlantic without spending a lot of money? It seems the choices are high-end cruise ship, or low-brow freighter travel. Does an affordable, middle-market quick human transportation by ship service exist across the Atlantic?
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 17, 2005 -
Has anyone ever shipped a car, enclosed, cross country? I am researching quotes for my boss and I wondered if anyone had any personal experience or problems that I should watch out for. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish
on Jan 12, 2004 -