The ShipWatcher Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rob's new QE2 Website / Forum

Ocean Liner enthusiast, Rob Lightbody has created a new website dedicated to QE2 at

He's set up a discussion forum at

Rob's done an great job in preserving the legacy of QE2 for future generations by his photos and recollections. I'm grateful to him for helping me understand why she's such a wonderful ship.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Where old ships go to die

Here's a CBS video about the ship graveyeards of Bangladesh.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"M/S Funchal"

A Postcrossing post card from Vitoria in Portugal.

Funchal was originally built in 1961 to cruise between Lisbon, Madiera and the Azores. At 153m in length, she's much smaller than many of today's cruise ships, but she still has all of the essentials, including two restaurants, three bars, a theatre, a library and a casino.

She can accommodate over 400 passengers, and regularly cruises around the world during the Northern winter.

Thanks for the lovely postcard, Vitoria!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Improvements: Speed & Accuracy

Over the last few days I've improved the response time of most ShipWatcher functions. It should be loading a lot faster now. If you notice delays, please let me know.

One other thing I've improved is estimating where a ship is. Some ships don't broadcast their position. They only tell us where they came from and where they're headed. I've given ShipWatcher a bit more intelligence so that it can guess the latitude and longitude of a ship, even if it doesn't know its exact position. It does this by looking at journeys from other ships that may have travelled a similar route in the past.

If any of the information seems incorrect, please let me know. I can't watch every single ship all the time, so sometimes I don't see when the data is wrong.