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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Yangtze Crown for Fawley on: August 30, 2013, 05:34:36 pm
Here she is, anchored at Sandown, IoW, today.
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Portland Harbour on: April 13, 2013, 10:31:04 am
Hi Gordon,

Christos XXII  Smiley
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: User name change? on: March 30, 2013, 03:21:55 pm
Ok, 'Ship's Cat', as I love ships and cats.   Cheesy
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: User name change? on: March 30, 2013, 03:20:20 pm
Or I could put my old name in my sig for a while.

Thanks Ken  Smiley
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / User name change? on: March 30, 2013, 01:34:03 pm
My first user name was 'Shipimages', because that was the name of my old website before the host went bust and I gave up the domain name, and then - after this forum did an upgrade everyone's real names appeared - I reverted to using my given name.

However, I really dislike my given name and would like to go back to using an alias. I know it's possible to change one's user name in the profile settings but I am not sure if it's really the done thing! Would it be ok to change it again? I don't want to change it and get a PM asking who the heck I am.  Wink

Thanks Cheesy
6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Website down? on: March 04, 2013, 05:43:16 pm
Same over here too. When I finally got here today I saw no indications of the site having been down.
Luckily there were other sites with ships Smiley

Plenty more ships on the sea...  Wink Cheesy

7  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Southampton docks on: February 20, 2013, 08:44:11 pm
The Southampton Branch of the World Ship Society has some information on locations, too: http://www.sotonwss.org.uk/page9.html

And, if I may post it, on my own site I've included a page of photography positions: http://www.ship-photo.com/locations/locations-southampton-and-portsmouth/
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: COPYRIGHT on: February 20, 2013, 08:06:42 pm
The 'Lovers of the Ocean Liners' page is still there. It's a closed group, closed presumably so no outsiders can see their stolen photos.  Roll Eyes

Disabling right click does deter people a bit although, as you say, a determined thief will just get round it by taking a screen shot or viewing the source (I think there are keyboard short cuts to do that if eight click is disabled).
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Cameras and Photography Advice Forum on: February 18, 2013, 04:28:10 pm
Pretty much all modern bridge cameras (super zooms) and DSLRs - particularly DSLRs - will take good quality photos and video. What's your budget? Do you want a DSLR (takes interchangeable lenses)? Canon and Nikon are probably the best-known makes, with cameras starting at two or three hundred , or $ and going up from there.
Best thing would be to do as Fred says, research online then visit your local camera store to try them out in person.
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Re: Southampton docks on: February 18, 2013, 04:17:19 pm
Hi David, the closest railway station is Southampton Central and from there you can get a free bus down to Town Quay, which is a decent vantage point (although a fence on the southern end makes it difficult to photograph ships coming in). From Town Quay you can get a ferry across to Hythe which gives a good opportunity for photographing anything in berths 38, 39 and 40 plus any ships in the Ocean Cruise terminal. Hythe Marina, the pier and Shore Road are good vantage points for stuff leaving and entering the docks, respectively, these are best after late morning. Back on the Southampton side, Mayflower Park is also a good spot and if there is a cruise ship in berth 101 then you'll get great shots, especially if they've put her in port side to, so the bow is facing you.

If you have time and the weather's good, then the Red Funnel vehicle ferry to East Cowes (crossing time of 55 minutes each way, foot passenger day return is 15.30 from Southampton) is great for anything on the move, plus the tankers at Fawley.

I hope this is of some use.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Saga Ruby on: February 17, 2013, 07:38:50 pm
Thanks Kelvin. Yes, wasn't it just. Fingers crossed all goes well on Wednesday.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Saga Ruby on: February 17, 2013, 07:03:20 pm
Good shots, Kelvin. The list was evident.
Ships do tend to list when rounding the Brambles into and out of Southampton Water, which looks nice and dramatic from Cowes, but this was obvious even without taking that into account.
My photos are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/solentships/sets/72157632784925395/
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Saga Ruby on: February 17, 2013, 03:42:44 pm
Morning Faith.
I just watched her go by Calshot.  Seemed OK except for the horrible list to port!
Oh dear!

I was at Cowes watching her come in, she sounded ok, I certainly couldn't hear any rattling noises but, yes, she is listing.
She really is the most beautiful ship, it would seem a shame to scrap her but she'll just be following a well-trodden path...
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Saga Ruby on: February 16, 2013, 07:10:25 pm
A friend who lives over in Southampton watched her sail this evening, and said there was a loud rattling noise coming from the ship. That doesn't sound good. Undecided
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Sea City on: February 16, 2013, 01:15:55 pm
Episode 3 got rescheduled for a week later because BBC South decided to show a programme about the snow instead.
One of the episodes did show the WAFIs being told to get out of the way of incoming ships but, as the chap driving the harbour master launch said, they think he's the bad guy! The yachts seem oblivious to the big ships a lot of the time.  Roll Eyes
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