And yachts, dinghys, paddleboats, battleships, canoes, schooners, tugboats, and catamarans. I love reading about boats and life aboard them. Fiction or non-fiction, freshwater or salt, genre and era unimportant. Please recommend books about boats! [more inside]
What are some great descriptions of boats and ships from literature? I'm especially looking for descriptions from classic books in the public domain. Novels, stories, plays, poetry etc. are all welcome.
I saw this boat floating in Puget Sound a while back. Can you identify the make/model? [more inside]
I'm in a mood to read non-fiction history books dealing with sailing ships. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Please help me understand seaworthiness so I can write about it. [more inside]
In addition to the well known sites for tracking Planes and Ships I've recently discovered I can track SHARKS! What other things can be tracked on the internet? I'm specifically keen to see sites with a map of the world (or I suppose a more local region if that is appropriate) with all the things moving around in real time, but any aggregation of real world data would also be interesting.
What is this unusual ship combination? [more inside]
In older times, ships used to have sailors. These sailors had actual job functions, like adjusting the sails, checking on the rigging, etc. Later on, when ships were steam-powered, there were jobs like "putting coal in the engine" or "maintaining the boiler." However, in modern times, with all the technology in a cargo vessel, it seems to me that sailing it is something that could be done by a single person. So what do all the other sailors do? To put it another way, what are the actual "job functions" and titles of sailors about a modern cargo ship?
Do the crews of ships such as container and bulk good carriers leave the ship and get to see the place they are visiting? If not, why not? General descriptions of the lives of modern seafarers that illuminate this question are more than welcome. [more inside]
Talk to me about different kinds of steamships, which might have been used to travel around African rivers around the 1860's. [more inside]
Who painted this painting? I can't read the signature but want information about this artist? Rob Soba? My GoogleFu has failed me here. Photos of paining and close-up of signature here.
This picture (of what looks like a pile of cargo ships in the water) is doing the email rounds as "a ship that ships ships". What is it?
What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
How to pack for living at sea? [more inside]
Please recommend maritime novels and movies set in the late Victorian era.
There are lots of "how stuff works" style diagrams of the anatomy of submarines and other military seacraft on the web. Are there any books or websites with more detailed information? The nerd in me wants to know about the backup power generators and what type of cabling runs through the bulkheads.
This might be a bit of a long shot, but I have a question about a particular passage in Herman Melville's Billy Budd. [more inside]
Is there any way of determining what percentage of ships arrived safely at their destinations - or did not - during a given period in history? [more inside]
Is there a book or museum or resource that specifically lists the stories of people who survived in Lifeboats? [more inside]
Unidentified Dutch pen-and-ink drawing: anyone familiar with this type of ship? [more inside]
For all you adventurous travelers: is transatlantic passenger travel via boat (NOT cruise ship) still an option these days? [more inside]
I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks. [more inside]
In this day and age of ubiquitous GPS, why are lighhouses and foghorns still operating? [more inside]
Random question about some 1980s bank checks, probably called the Windjammer series. [more inside]
There are, apparently, four flowers on a ship. One is the compass rose. Any ideas on what the other three could be?
Where can I get deck plans for pirate ships? Websites are welcome, a good book or two of many different ship plans would be ideal. [more inside]
What's it like being a Naval Architect? [more inside]
FlickFilter: This scary movie, perhaps from the early 60s, finds our cast stranded on a ship which has become mired in some kind of dense seaweed. They see another galleon nearby and debark to explore it. Each member of the crew dons individual helium (/hydrogen?) balloons--harnessed to their backs like water-wings--and snowshoe-like shoes, and walk across the water to the other boat. This definitive scene is very eerie, and is the clearest in my memory. [more inside]
This morning I saw the Boing-Boing post on WWI "Razzle-Dazzle" ship camo and became completely enamored by Edward Wadsworth's mesmerizing 1919 Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool oil on canvas painting. I'd love to have a large print or poster of it. [more inside]
I have always considered the name of the Marine ship in Halo, Pillar of Autumn, to be terribly poetic. Is this phrase original to the talented game designers at Bungie, or does it come from the Western Canon somwhere?