Are you of a nautical bent?

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
If so, here's a great way to waste a shedload of time (already mentioned in another thread, but thought it deserved a wider audience):

http://www.shipais.com/index.php

Choose an area, and watch the shipping. Set to refresh every couple of minutes. Mouseover each vessel to see name, speed, destination, type of vessel...

Go to Fleetwood to see the ill fated Riverdance:

http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=Fleetwood

Marvel at how anything makes it across the English Channel without a collision!:
http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?map=dover
 

snorri

Legendary Member
Some of us, well one of us anyway, feeds the shipping info to that site.:biggrin::biggrin:
 
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Arch

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
snorri said:
Some of us, well one of us anyway, feeds the shipping info to that site.:biggrin::biggrin:
oh, how cool! (as a bit of a landlubber, I'm stupidly drawn to things nautical)
 

frog

Guest
Why are they going the wrong way. A couple who's destination is Rotterdam are heading south-east.

Has Rotterdam moved? I never got the change of address card?
 

Maz

Legendary Member
snorri said:
Some of us, well one of us anyway, feeds the shipping info to that site.:biggrin::biggrin:
I recently read some material to do with AIS (Automatic Identification System). The dudes that work in centres such as Dover monitor traffic on several screens (busier than Heathrow, they claim). Ships appear as circles with a 'spoke' eminating from it. If I'm not mistaken, the angle of the spoke tells you direction of travel, length of spoke for speed of vessel.
 

snorri

Legendary Member
frog said:
Why are they going the wrong way. A couple who's destination is Rotterdam are heading south-east.
Has Rotterdam moved?
The destination has to be keyed in manually at the start of each voyage, sometimes there are more important things to do(or maybe they just forget:biggrin:)and the previous destination remains displayed.
 
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