In addition to the well known sites for tracking
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.
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Sep 26, 2013 -
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?
posted by wolfdreams01
on Apr 20, 2013 -
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]
posted by deadwax
on Jan 20, 2013 -
Talk to me about different kinds of steamships, which might have been used to travel around African rivers around the 1860's. [more inside]
posted by np312
on Dec 11, 2012 -
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
posted by nancoix
on Aug 6, 2012 -
(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?
posted by kreestar
on Jul 26, 2012 -
What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
posted by esereth
on Oct 27, 2011 -
Please recommend maritime novels and movies set in the late Victorian era.
posted by Hoenikker
on Nov 7, 2010 -
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.
posted by parallax7d
on Jul 23, 2010 -
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]
posted by synecdoche
on Apr 14, 2010 -
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]
posted by AngerBoy
on Jul 16, 2009 -
Is there a book or museum or resource that specifically lists the stories of people who survived in Lifeboats? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Apr 21, 2009 -
For all you adventurous travelers: is transatlantic passenger travel via boat (NOT cruise ship) still an option these days? [more inside]
posted by Lemon of Byzantium
on Dec 16, 2008 -
I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks. [more inside]
posted by Galen
on May 17, 2008 -
In this day and age of ubiquitous GPS, why are lighhouses and foghorns still operating? [more inside]
posted by beagle
on Nov 8, 2007 -
Random question about some 1980s bank checks, probably called the Windjammer series. [more inside]
posted by GaelFC
on Sep 14, 2007 -
There are, apparently, four flowers on a ship. One is the compass rose. Any ideas on what the other three could be?
posted by Nugget
on Aug 14, 2007 -
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]
posted by Rubber Soul
on Mar 26, 2007 -
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]
posted by scamper
on Aug 1, 2006 -
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?
posted by jimfl
on Dec 26, 2004 -