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« on: January 07, 2020, 08:46:19 am »

Hi, Here I am in rainy Kobe, lazing into the new year, and I thought I'd look for some shipping-related websites I didn't know. Came across a couple that others may find absorbing (unless these are famous and I'm the last to find out about them).

https://banklineonline.com/2019/06/ has some interesting tidbits on that company's ships, and buque.org is a well-maintained site begun by a seaman and very informative about shipping in Spain past and present (would take many hours to peruse what he has on offer).         
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 12:21:15 pm »

While in Japan and obviously familiar with the Japanese language, have you come across other historic japanese websites, other than jpnships?
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2020, 09:06:19 am »

As I have used Japanese sites only when checking specific ships, I'm not the best informant on what's available, but my investigations have not led me to anything nearly as comprehensive as shipspotting. Actually, having read your question, I trawled a bit and came across many historic photographs, but not in any vast collection. The best pages I found today were in a university archive and have historical photos of liners that used to visit Yokohama. Try pasting and googling
http://www.marine.osakafu-u.ac.jp/osakafu-content/uploads/sites/367/5.志澤様.pdf
To translate Japanese text to English, you can just google "Japanese to English" and paste text in. Translation has improved hugely in recent years since they switched from a statistical to a more neural approach (Not my field but I was told this recently by a translation expert). 

Incidentally Yokohama port is an interesting place to go --- which I did in Nov. for the first time --- as you can visit the training ship Nippon Maru and NYK's Hikawa Maru, both built in 1930, and NYK also has a museum in the vicinity.     
         
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2020, 12:12:53 pm »

Thank you for that, until recently there were quite a number of Yahoo blogs, but Yahoo Japan has done something to that which I cannot fathom. I looks like that they will soon reappear in a new form, but I am not certain. Actually I am less interested in pictures of foreign ships at Japanese port, but rather more in pictures of Japanese (built) ships that rarely leave the Asian waters.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 01:53:04 am »

You're right that blogs.yahoo.co.jp has become in accessible, and I also don't know why. After your latest message, I browsed more, but with little result and in fact no result for your particular interest.

The most promising site I found when googling the Japanese equivalent of "ship enthusiasts" was  http://www.interq.or.jp/white/ishiyama/devotees1.html which has a very long list of links to ship-related sites both in Japan and elsewhere. Unfortunately, though, the Japanese sites I found to be defunct or of limited interest. On the other hand, it turned out worthwhile to scroll down to lists of sites outside Japan, which included a good number I was unaware of. More raining day browsing in view...
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