I love it. It’s not point-five beyond light speed, but I love it anyway.
I love modern merchant ships. They are so serious-looking. Tall ships are more aesthetically pleasing, but it’s really impressive to have a couple of blocks of an urban industrial district steaming by at 25 knots. I love watching them go down a river when I’m at river level.
It’s difficult to accept that something so big is moving so fast (not 25 knots, but some high river speed which I can’t estimate). Large object appear to move slower than they actually are, especially if on an undifferentiated background, because they move fewer lengths-per-minute than a shorter object moving the same speed.
I’m sure it’s able to avoid any unwanted … Imperial entanglements.
@olave – “I love watching them go down a river when I’m at river level.”
i’d love to see that! never have. only seen ’em docked at port — or out at sea. someday, i’d like to see some freighters going by in new orleans where the river is *above* street level! (^_^) (or was — is it still?)
edit: i meant to say — these ships are gonna get BIGGER now that they’ve expanded the panama canal. yay! (^_^) (as long as the economy holds out i suppose….)
@gorbachev – “I’m sure it’s able to avoid any unwanted … Imperial entanglements.”
well, that’s the trick, isn’t it? (~_^)
Never seen a ocean freighter. Liked watching barges go through the locks on the dams on the Ohio River. The main channel of the one by my dad’s is 110’ x 1200′ and, if I remember correctly, there is typically a 35 to 40 feet differential between the lower and upper water levels, so it’s like watching a giant configuration of a tug and barges get on an elevator and go up or down 4 floors.
@rjp – “…so it’s like watching a giant configuration of a tug and barges get on an elevator and go up or down 4 floors.”
cool! someday i wanna see this. (^_^)
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