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The Secret Language of Ships
I really love learning things like this.
interesting  ships 
3 days ago by PogiNate
The Dizzying Story of Symphony of the Seas
This is the inside story of how cruise ships went from pensioners’ pastime to floating cities engaged in an all-out entertainment arms race.
8 days ago by jbragland
Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades
Most significant aviation and shipping disasters, as well as industrial catastrophes, are eventually determined to be “system accidents”—the result of a cascade of small errors, failures, and coincidences.
8 days ago by jbragland
The Secret Language of Ships | Hakai Magazine
Not many people have an opportunity to get this close to a container ship. Those who do may see icons that impart important information. For example, those black brackets to the right of the company name indicate where the tugboat is supposed to push.
language  ships  transport  sea  knowledge  shipping 
9 days ago by sspela
The Secret Language of Ships | Hakai Magazine
"Tugboat crews routinely encounter what few of us will ever see. They easily read a vessel’s size, shape, function, and features, while deciphering at a glance the mysterious numbers, letters, and symbols on a ship’s hull. To non-mariners, the markings look like hieroglyphs. For those in the know, they speak volumes about a particular ship and also about the shipping industry."
ships  symbols 
9 days ago by davewsmith
That’s Rotten! Why Gun Crews In The Age Of Wooden Ships Aimed Low
I was reading an discussion of wood rot in boats and trees by Richard Jagels, professor emeritus of forest biology at the University of Maine. He offers a much more precise explanation: On wooden ships, the weakest point on the hull is right along the waterline, because that’s where the most rot occurs.
history  war  ships 
26 days ago by atbradley

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