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Old 12-15-2017, 07:48 PM   #1
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Ship Watching

Is there a thread for anyone that likes to watch and log ships in the usa?

I couldn't find one. Thanks.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:44 PM   #2
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"The three BEST SOUNDS are Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles"
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Being a career Coast Guard Officer (now retired) I have had to do this (Ship Watch and Logging) as a routine of the watch.
And I have known folks that enjoyed the hobby that possibly started with the Gongoozlers of the canals of old England.
In North America, it is possibly most common for residents near in-land waters and the Great Lakes...but not usually RV'ers.
So no, I do not believe there has been a thread about it here.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/gongoozler

Maybe you could be the first to post about it...and maybe invite others to give it a try.
Post here - the Hobbies, Passions, and Pastimes Forum

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Thanks for a "Word of the Day". Gongoozler. Never heard that one before
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Boat Watching

For the Great Lakes try boatnerd.com or one on the Android phones Marine Traffic is world wide.

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I haven't heard of a thread on ship watching but here are some places.

If you have ties to the military the FAM Camp at Mayport Naval Station is at the entrance to the port. You can watch military and civilian ship traffic there.

U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks - Pelican Roost RV Park

If you want to watch ships on the Mississippi there are RV parks where you can watch the river traffic. Google Mississippi RV parks and you will find them. This is one of them.

Tom Sawyer's RV Park
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Columbia Riverfront RV park, nice, and 100' from every ship on the river.

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I do a lazy man's version. When I see stock footage of ships used in old movies and television shows, I then Google the ship names. I have found most were either scrapped or sunk.
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Columbia Riverfront RV park, nice, and 100' from every ship on the river.

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Looks like a place I will have to visit!
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If you like ships, Boatnerd.com is a good source to monitor Great lake ships. Last summer we volunteered at the Michigan Soo Locks Visitor Center. We would walk the outside visitor platform to answer questions and just talk to people about the ships going through. The COE provided a camp site at a local CG, along with extensive tours through the buildings/control tower/power house/under lock tunnels. They also have a Engineers Day on the last Fri of every June and allow the public to get up close and walk across the locks.

Ask for Park Ranger, Michelle if interested in volunteering.

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Old 12-17-2017, 08:34 AM   #10
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Thanks everybody, being from central Texas, Corpus and Houston are close so most have been in those two places, Im a member of Marine Traffic and posted a lot of my pictures there and enjoy seeing where ships came from and where they are going. If anyone is interested the Houston Port Authority has a FREE boat tour of the Houston ship canal Just need id for security reasons and you can make reservations because most are always full.
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If you like ships, Boatnerd.com is a good source to monitor Great lake ships. Last summer we volunteered at the Michigan Soo Locks Visitor Center. We would walk the outside visitor platform to answer questions and just talk to people about the ships going through. The COE provided a camp site at a local CG, along with extensive tours through the buildings/control tower/power house/under lock tunnels. They also have a Engineers Day on the last Fri of every June and allow the public to get up close and walk across the locks.

Ask for Park Ranger, Michelle if interested in volunteering.

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I spent 2 weeks in Petoskey,Mi last July and took a ride on my Harley one day to see/watch ships coming into the Soo Locks......WOW! Wonderful ride up there......
Another check off on my bucket list......
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