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Help and Advice / Re: Why are my photos so 'soft'.
« on: May 27, 2021, 11:59:50 PM »
Many thanks for all the replies.

It seems that 'it is what it is'.

My photos pre about 2005 are all scanned from either slides ( colour) or prints ( B & W).

What I have been doing prior to posting here is minor editing in the 'Photo' software on the Mac. Nothing dramatic.... a bit of a crop and horizon straightening plus - quite often - a little 'lightening' as many seem a bit dark and also a touch of 'edge sharpening' although they all seem sharp enough on the laptop.


Help and Advice / Why are my photos so 'soft'.
« on: May 27, 2021, 08:11:56 AM »
When posted they invariably look 'soft' yet are nice and sharp when viewed as 'full screen' or 'original.

I have a Macbook Pro with a Retina screen that they look plenty sharp on and export as JPEG, quality 'High', size 'Large'.

This is the latest example..


Shipping News and information / Re: Suez Canal blockage by Ever Given
« on: March 27, 2021, 12:39:15 AM »
This exchange of opinions is getting very interesting, let's see what in my opinion I made it very general, so let's see it from another perspective, as I see it as a hull and machinery inspector and damage adjuster for insurers and P&I Clubs apart from my experience in navigation.



I think that , like the 500,000 ton tanker,  they have pushed the envelope just a little bit too far with these ships.
That doesn't seem to have stopped them building them however...

Shipping News and information / Re: Suez Canal blockage by Ever Given
« on: March 27, 2021, 12:36:26 AM »
They used Chinooks on the Anro Asia when she was aground in 1981.. took off about 50 boxes.

Did it make a difference ? Probably not.
What was the box weight?
Possibly 20 footers full of soft toys...dunno...

   While it is correct that the history and reach of B & S is global and complicated China Navigation  was along with Jardine Mathesons  one of the two most upmarket shipping companies based in Hong Kong. Lesser mortals worked for the 'outside' companies such as Yick Fung and Ocean Tramps.

Officers ( UK , Aust and NZ ) were employed out of Hong Kong with Hong Kong conditions.  Crews were Hong Kong chinese. Ships - esp in the early post war years after they quit mainland China and before they became involved in the Pacific Rim trades to PNG etc - traded out of Hong Kong.
They had some ships involved in the cross trades within the cross trades..... Anshun after coming off the Hong Kong - Australia  liner trade was on the Hadj from Malaysia to Jeddah in the season and went latter day 'blackbirding' around the SW Pacific for the rest of the year.... picking up contract labour from the out islands and taking them to Christmas and Ocean Islands to work for the Phosphate Commision.

Interesting photo in that first link of an ex ANL 'B' boat in Taikoo Dock......

Shipping News and information / Re: Suez Canal blockage by Ever Given
« on: March 26, 2021, 02:03:25 AM »
The big difference between Suez, which dates from 1869, and Panama is that Suez is a sea level canal with no locks. They have been constantly widening, deeping, and more recently duplicating, it since it was built.

Shipping News and information / Re: Suez Canal blockage by Ever Given
« on: March 25, 2021, 12:08:23 AM »
Nothing new under the sun..

Not sure what Stavros would have thought about being described as Arri's brother in law....

Ever Given's   bulbous bow is well into the bank.... dig that out and clear a bit under her port bow and she will be on her way....

The canal isn't duplicated at that point so the canal is well and truly closed to through traffic just now.
No south bound traffic below the Bitter Lakes so the only ships 'proper stuck' are the few astern of Ever Given.

British flag.... port of registry of CNco ships was London despite being a Hong Kong company. I'm pretty sure Asian Pearl was the one with CNco manning.

Asian Pearl and Asian Jade were...if my memory serves... owned by Cnina Navigation, Hong Kong and manned with British,Australian and NZ officers, Chinese crew.
The Australian officer's union... the Merchant Service Guild... stuck on a blue and one of the two ended up with Australian officers and chinese crew., the Australian officers being in the employ of E&A/Eastern and Australian.
That occured when they were first introduced... not sure who manned which ship.

Most ships in that trade actually went to Australian east coast ports.
The main ones running to Fremantle were the Norwegian 'Bakke' boats... some photos here
and also

Running to the east coast.... China Navigation aka CNCo aka China Nav aka Butterfield and Swire is the obvious choice.
In the early seventies OOCL ( Orient Overseas Container Line ) entered the trade, not sure how long they stayed.
Another company  to consider would be Nedlloyd .
By 1981 containerisation was pretty well established.

As if by magic.... with no intervention at all on my part... life is back to normal... another great unsolved mystery of the sea...

Thanks all,
strange thing is it is intermitent.... second time it has happened.
Next time I go to town I shall take this laptop and hook into some free wifi somewhere and see what happens...

I live in 'the bush' and don't have fibre optic to the node...whatever that may be.
My normal way of aquiring internet involves a dish on the roof.... from there my bits and bobs go to the 'Skymuster' satellite and it comes to earth somewhere in Sydney and carries on its merry way.

Twice I have been locked out of this site...getting this.... 'Forbidden

You don't have permission to access / on this server.'

Its currently been going on for three or four days. No other sites affected... just Shipspotters.
If I use my phone  as a hotspot - as I am just now -  it goes via a tower on a nearby hill and is fine.

Any thoughts?

Hello David,
thanks for the clarification.

There are rather a lot of small ships operating in the waters south of Puerto Montt towards Cape Horn.
Many of these are serving as small roll on roll off passenger ships and ferries such as the ones crossing Canal Chacao  between mainland Chile and Isla Chiloe. Many are carrying cargo to outlying settlements and remore islands.....
Both these types are what I would call 'landing craft' or 'landing barges' and in spanish are called 'barcazas' or simple translation .. 'barges'.  However they would not fit in the Shipspotting 'barges' classification.

Many of the others are what at first glance most would call simply 'coasters' ... in fact many are coasters that have been inported from Northern Europe. However there seems to be no 'coaster' category nor one for ships serving the fishing industry and in Chile they are simply classified as 'motor naves' or motor ships.

So.... how should these photos be classified?

To get an idea of the numbers of ships involved just in the fishing trade lookee here...

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