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Help and Advice / Louisville KENTUCKY
« on: November 26, 2021, 12:45:25 PM »
Planning a trip where I will be driving through Louisville KY.  Any advice where I can go to get some views of the river and it's shipping along with the BELLE etc.  Thanks!!!

Trip reports / Louisville KENTUCKY
« on: November 26, 2021, 12:45:00 PM »
Planning a trip where I will be driving through Louisville KY.  Any advice where I can go to get some views of the river and it's shipping along with the BELLE etc.  Thanks!!!

Help and Advice / A tip
« on: March 18, 2021, 01:41:14 PM »
I have noticed some uploaded pictures that upside down or sideways.

I have learned with my photo processing software, that if I modify a picture, I must "save" the file before uploading.  If you do not want to lose the unmodified picture, just give it a new name.

If I don't "save" the file, the unmodified picture will upload, not the one I have turned to proper orientation.

Just an FYI and hope it helps.

I don't mind at all the move or retitling, I struggled honestly on trying to choose which category was best.

It was not my intention to cause a conversation to bash a group or the site.  Though the conversation on possible site changes is probably healthy.

It was my intention to challenge everyone (including myself) to try and be more supportive of other photographers and recognize that this is truly an international site and being more encouraging to our fellow members can actually make the entire stronger.


I have found that sometimes, those of us on this site can be well...  clickish and judgmental.
For example if the photo isn't from a friend of you or of the "right" type of ship or from the "right" place most of us (including me) could care less if it is a great photo or not.
Also, sometimes (not all of the time) we can be quick to criticize or otherwise show displeasure at other's photos...  sometimes justified, sometimes petty.
I challenge us all (including me) to at least once a day or however you get on this site to give POSITIVE feedback to our fellow photographers.  A like.  A comment.  Simply opening someone else photo to increase the photos count.  Even the photos from places we are not familiar with, that are not of our favorite type of ship, or not of our friends/group.
I am not saying we should lower our standards or such.  I am just saying, if it is a good photo, say so.  We ALL like praise and recognition or our efforts.  And to support our fellow ship spotters and to show appreciation when they get a good photo or show improvements in their attempts will make us all stronger.

Thanks and Hope Everyone is Good in these Trying Times

Trip reports / Season's Greetings 2020
« on: December 09, 2020, 03:43:36 PM »
If this the wrong place for it, I apologize.
I probably will not be doing a season's greetings photo, really don't know how.
I just wanted to wish HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all out there.  Just an FYI, I may not always be active, but I really enjoy posting pics and looking at others of ships.  I have always been fascinated with ships since an early age.  And those up here that have encouraged me and given me advice, thanks, YA'LL ARE GREAT.
Here is to a GOOD 2021!!!

Shipping News and information / Re: Record container loss from ONE Apus
« on: December 09, 2020, 03:39:37 PM »
I am showing my ignorance here, and I am sure it probably varies from situation to situation...
But what kind of liability does the container ship company have with this?  Will insurance cover it?  Ship at your own risk?  And if the containers damage another ship or contaminate an area, are they liable? 
I haven't seen any mention of people hurt or killed, so glad for that.
Just want to know, really doesn't affect me one or the other.

Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ship spotting after 2020
« on: December 06, 2020, 03:10:04 PM »
So you mean 2000 was twenty years ago?  Am I getting old?
 ;D ;D ;D

Trip reports / Re: Southeast U.S.
« on: August 19, 2019, 12:10:27 AM »
Jacksonville FL - Huguenot Memorial Park

Charleston SC - Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island - Park at free parking near Battery Jasper (you do not have to pay to go into the main fort).  Walk across grassy are to right/south of parking lot to beach.  Beach is on main shipping channel to Charleston.

Trip reports / Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« on: March 01, 2019, 03:44:59 PM »
True Story Vlad-

When in New Orleans a couple years back, I spent so much time in the park along the river watching ships, I was mistaken for part of the local homeless population and offered free water and sandwiches.  I declined, but thought it was funny.  Especially the comments "You don't look homeless, and never saw a homeless guy with a camera like that, but you here so much!!!".

Trip reports / Re: You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« on: January 30, 2019, 05:12:01 PM »
If you are crazy, then we all are a little.  And Metallica is a GREAT music choice!!!  (It's on right now as a matter of fact)

Trip reports / Shipping Schedules for North Carolina and Virginia
« on: December 09, 2018, 01:27:47 PM »
If this is in the wrong place, please move.

Here are a couple of links you might find useful

The first is the sailing schedule for the NC Ports of Morehead City and Wilmington NC, USA.

The second is the sailing schedule for the Virginia International Ports (Newport News, Norfolk, and Portsmouth) of the Hampton Roads in Vriginia, USA.

Hope this helps.

Help and Advice / Re: Ship Spotting locations in US
« on: November 19, 2018, 02:50:55 PM »
Mattyboy - no the train tracks are no longer in use.  The board walk and retail area is the old warehouse/wharf district, ships now use the modern terminals further up the river, which means the large sea going vessels have to go by the old district.  On the negative side, Savannah has little to no military use with a lot of civilian merchant use.

Help and Advice / Re: Ship Spotting locations in US
« on: November 17, 2018, 03:38:42 PM »
On the US East Coast, Hampton Roads is the largest collection.  Fort Monroe is probably the best IMHO as the observation spot on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is now closed.

San Diego has the largest collection on the US West Coast.  I have never been there, so I cannot recommend any.  In the US, usually pictures from any public place, like a park, is legal, however drone operations may have restrictions.

I would also recommend Savannah GA and New Orleans LA.

Hope this helps.

Trip reports / You Know Your A Shipspotter If...
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:39:05 PM »

Admins, I little fun.  Delete if needed...

You Know Your A Shipspotter (and maybe a Geek) if...  (BTW, I am)
- You Have traveled over an hour to see a ship...
- You think a GOOD day is spent watching the water and ships go by...
- You keep a camera on you anytime you are on or near the water....  just in case.
- A stranger asks you the name of the ship and you end up giving them a 30 minute dissertation on the values of a container ship over a general cargo ship...
- You have had serious conversations with others about which ship is "prettier" or "cooler"...

Feel free to add your own!!!

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