Rock Star Mega-ship

CNN has a nice article (with pictures by Gregers Heering) by Thom Patterson covering the Maersk Majestic.

Think about a ship that size with a crew of 19… could get lonely 🙂

Maersk Majestic

Built: 2013

Length: 1,312 feet (400 meters)

Width: 193 feet (59 meters)

Height: 239 feet (73 meters)

Weight: 60,000 tons

Capacity: About 18,000 containers

Cost: About $185 million

Engines: Two

Maximum speed: About 26 mph (23 knots)

Crew: 19

Source: Maersk

The Biggest Ship in the World

>>> The Biggest Ship in the World

The Prelude – maybe not really a ship, but at more than 530 yards long, 80 yards wide, and constructed with 260,000 metric tons of steel, it’s claimed to be the largest floating structure ever.

Stephen Mallon hired a crane and took more than 1,000 separate photos, now published as a composite Photosynth image.

the prelude by jonhuang on photosynth

Save the SS United States

>>> Save the SS United States

Save the SS United States

The SS United States, a history ocean liner from the 1950s and 1960s is just a couple of months from being sold for scrap unless more money for its restoration can be raised. Check it out and contribute if you feel led. These old ships hold a fascination for many, and are such an important part of our maritime heritage.

Fox News has a writeup of the current situation.

Transport vessel “Blue Marlin” in Rotterdam

>>> Transport vessel “Blue Marlin” in Rotterdam

You can see details and pictures here. Neat to have the pictures taken from a kite.

The Blue Marlin (owned by Dockwise) is a huge transport vessel. It arrived in Rotterdam with a cargo of 18 riverboats and a few large pontoons (made in China).

This image was taken by a camera (NEX5) lifted by a kite (2.5m BKT Rokkaku)

Sea Shadow to be scrapped

>>> Sea Shadow to be scrapped

Always hate to see a ship scrapped, but I guess the time has to come eventually.

The Sea Shadow was a testbed of the U.S. Navy for stealth ship technologies. She’s been out of service since 2006 and the Navy wasn’t able to find a museum willing to take her on.

Completed in 1985 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Lockheed Martin, it was the Navy’s first experimental stealth ship. The Sea Shadow is 160 feet long and 70 fee wide, has a maximum speed of 14 knots and has the ability to operate in Sea State 5 conditions, or winds from 17 to 21 knots. But it was never intended for missions, just for testing.

World’s First Aircraft Carrier – Pictures

>>> World’s First Aircraft Carrier – Pictures

We think of modern aircraft carriers and the incredible power and grace of those ships, but often don’t think about the early days of naval aviation.

In late 1910 and early 1911 the first takeoffs and landings onboard ships were successfully performed. This article has some interesting pictures of the USS Birmingham, considered to be the world’s first aircraft carrier.