Tag "Ship"

Cape Horn – The Most Dangerous Passage in The World

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Old sailor saying:

“Below the 40th parallel, there is no law. Below the 50th parallel, there is no God.”

Cape Horn, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is located at 56 degrees south latitude, making a circumnavigation of Cape Horn particularly difficult. At Cape Horn, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet – and that’s what made the circumnavigation such a challenge. Extreme low-pressure systems swirl across the sea, creating the dreaded williwaw winds. These gusts come suddenly, frequently, and are unpredictable – and with bigger winds come bigger waves. To sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the only sea route was around Cape Horn. The Strait of Magellan was difficult to pass because of the wind and current conditions.

Hornos Island in FleetMon Explorer
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Why Is a Ship Referred to as “She”?

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There is no clear explanation but there are different theories we want to introduce you to in this article.

1. Personal relationship

English grammar states that we use it when referring to things, while he and she are personal pronouns and should only be used for persons. However, when the relationship to the subject is personal, it is extremely common to use he or she for animals, depending on their gender, or even for inanimate objects. Ship as a feminine noun first appeared when shipping came along, that is, in the early 18th century, when it was more than normal for only men to be aboard ships. Ancient sailors were known as “married to the sea” and often named their ships after the women they loved to compliment them.

Photo of SANTA BARBARA ANNA by FleetMon Ship Spotter FeWu
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Why the Command Center of a Vessel Is Called ‘Bridge’

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In our maritime knowledge base, you will find many exciting articles on maritime terms and expressions. If you’d like to contribute to this section, just get in touch with us and submit a question or marine topic that you would like to add to FleetMon’s Marine Knowledge Library. This article explains why the command center of a vessel is called the bridge.

A modern bridge contains all the necessary elements for the control of the ship.

In the early days of sailing, the rudder was connected to a tiller, which was operated by a helmsman. The term helmsman translates as “servant of the boat”. The tiller was located in the so-called cockpit, a pit in which the steering elements of the boat were located. Over the years, the tiller was replaced by a wheel. This was not connected directly to the rudder but was connected by ropes and pulleys. This allowed the wheel to be moved. Ships became larger and were built with more and more decks. The largest deck was the main deck. The ship’s steering wheel was located on the quarterdeck. The raised profile of the aft deck allowed the captain to walk around and have a good view of the entire ship as well as the sea around it. As he walked around, he could give verbal orders to the helmsman.

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New Image-Manager, Upload and manage all Your Images!

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We developed an extended ImageManager , which makes it possible to manage all of Your images and upload multiple images quickly for later adjustments on the server. Searching for vessels inside the tool is very fast,…

We developed an extended ImageManager , which makes it possible to manage all of Your images and upload multiple images quickly for later adjustments on the server. Searching for vessels inside the tool is very fast, so give it a try and some comments to us!
We hope this will make your work much easier.

OK everybody, You asked for it, you’ll get it. we just released the first version of our new image management tool, here on Digital-Seas.
Get a qick view on all of your images, search for vessels “mega-fast” and during the mass upload of new images. – select all your new images, then assign vessel from the database to them and finally send everything with one click to the server :)<

We will extend many features in the next release, like Help, more descriptions etc. please let us know about your experiences.
Log in and –> TRY IT HERE

Listening to user-comments over the last months, we decided to extend the ways to upload images to DS.
In our works right now is an uploader, which gives you more convinience when editing your images. Starting features are:

– stored profiles for users, so the can
– prepare tag, name, research IMOs without a website
– when ready upload multiple images with one click to multiple spotting sites

Since there is soon a long free weekend in Germany, we are optimistic to present results the week after Pentecost :)