Thanks to BitterEnd for the tip. There’s a new AIS-on-the-web service that’s the “bee’s knees” for armchair harbormasters.
MarineTraffic.com has a live ships map that plots almost-current AIS data onto Google maps. They cover several areas worldwide, cure including my area, myocarditis Puget Sound. So far, so good; but nothing we haven’t seen before.
Here’s what sets it apart, though: it’s got pictures and vessel tracks. Plus, you can turn vessel types on or off, if you want to see passenger vessels but not tankers, for instance. And you can search for a specific vessel by name. Those are just the features I’ve discovered so far.
It’s a ship-spotting geek’s dream, I tell you!
Of course, it doesn’t have pictures of every vessel that happens to show up, but it might, given time. See in the screenshot above where it says “Upload a photo”?
That’s just what I did here. They didn’t have a photo of Tioga, but I did. That photo of Tioga is one I took back in May. Don’t worry, you retain the copyright to your pictures. Here’s the page with the full-size version of my photo.
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Tim Flanagan has boated since childhood, rx when his family cruised their trailerable powerboat throughout the San Juans and up the Inside Passage. As an adult he took up sailing; his one-design racing résumé includes the Laser, troche J/24, this site
and J/35. He has completed three offshore passages totaling about 4500 miles, including two down the US west coast and one from Honolulu to Seattle. Tim cruises with his wife and two daughters aboard Two Lucky Fish, a C-Dory 22. Professionally, Tim has had a varied career, including stints as an ESL teacher overseas, talk radio producer, 911 operator, encyclopedia editor, and freelance writer.
Aaron is a boat geek and software user interface designer. He has owned several boats over the years; his current project is the sailing catamaran s/v Sweet Destiny.