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I have no idea why I like tracking ships.

I recently discovered that apparently tracking ships or trains is a hobby for some people. I'm wondering if anyone has identified the reasons why. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Nov 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Bum boats, gun boats, slow boats, row boats, I like boats.

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]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Jul 30, 2015 - 51 answers

Literary Descriptions of Ships

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.
posted by Prunesquallor on May 1, 2015 - 15 answers

What type of boat is this?

I saw this boat floating in Puget Sound a while back. Can you identify the make/model? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Recommend me some books about old sailing ships

I'm in a mood to read non-fiction history books dealing with sailing ships. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jul 22, 2014 - 22 answers

have no seafaring experience, what to read in order to write about it?

Please help me understand seaworthiness so I can write about it. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Mar 11, 2014 - 22 answers

How many things can be tracked over the internet?

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.
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Sep 26, 2013 - 27 answers

Unusual ships

What is this unusual ship combination? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Jun 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Insert Obligatory Joke About Seamen

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 - 15 answers

What do modern sailors do when their ship is docked?

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 - 19 answers

Exploring Africa's Rivers by Steamship

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 - 7 answers

Who painted this painting?

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 - 2 answers

Ships shipping ships?

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?
posted by kreestar on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

What books am I thinking of?

What two obscure books am I thinking of? One about ships, one about an outsider. [more inside]
posted by esereth on Oct 27, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm a Navy Jack n' I'm okay; I work all night....and I work all day!

How to pack for living at sea? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Books about boats. Victorian boats.

Please recommend maritime novels and movies set in the late Victorian era.
posted by Hoenikker on Nov 7, 2010 - 19 answers

Parts of Ships

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 - 11 answers

A matter apparently trivial, indeed.

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 - 8 answers


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 - 14 answers

When it comes to those lost at sea I'm...well I'm lost at sea myself

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 - 4 answers

Unidentified Dutch ships in a pen-and-wash drawing

Unidentified Dutch pen-and-ink drawing: anyone familiar with this type of ship? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Feb 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Marine adventures

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 - 13 answers

How to cross an ocean

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 - 18 answers

Why are there still lighthouses?

In this day and age of ubiquitous GPS, why are lighhouses and foghorns still operating? [more inside]
posted by beagle on Nov 8, 2007 - 26 answers

Check it out: Windjammer bank checks

Random question about some 1980s bank checks, probably called the Windjammer series. [more inside]
posted by GaelFC on Sep 14, 2007 - 1 answer

Four flowers on a ship

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 - 12 answers

Yarr! I be needin' the plans fer pirate ships!

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 - 8 answers

What's it like being a Naval Architect?

What's it like being a Naval Architect? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Dec 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Name this old horror movie about strange proceedings at sea!

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 - 4 answers

Print/poster of Edward Wadsworth's Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool?

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]
posted by junesix on Nov 2, 2005 - 5 answers

The origin of "Pillar of Autumn"?

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 - 11 answers

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