Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thinking Out Loud


I mentioned one other time on a post that as a child I always dreamed of 'hitching' a ride


 on one of these ships in Halifax Harbour. They were, and still are, always coming and going.


Yesterday this container ship was entering the harbour as we were walking at the Park.


I wondered where this one was from and if there were any hitchhikers aboard.


I would imagine the crew looks forward to coming ashore at each port 
to stock up on supplies to get then to the next port.

Actually it is a common sight to see 'crew members' walking along
the waterfront streets in Halifax.....has always been.


After we circled the Park and headed back to the parking lot, I saw that this ship was docking.


This ship is registered in California. Let me edit that, it's name is Zim California.
The registered name is usually on the stern of the ship, which I couldn't see.

This ship probably came from Europe. 
What a great way to see the world.




21 comments:

  1. There is something captivating about cargo ships...their cargo and the possibility of forbidden cargo.

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    1. Oh yes that forbidden cargo! Some of it does get confiscated here in Halifax. I wonder how much gets through security?

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  2. I think I'd rather see the world by working on a cruise ship! ;-)

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  3. How fascinating to see those big cargo ships! Neat pictures.

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    1. You know what Pat? I never get tired of seeing these ships.

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  4. If I was younger...

    But then the old lady would have shot the bear with the broom if IF didn't stand in the way.

    Lovely shots, Jim!

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    1. Hey Sharon, in one of our next lives we can stowaway and see the world!!

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  5. To me, there's nothing more freeing than being at sea. What a great way to run away.

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    1. Now don't get any ideas Mitchell!! lol It's cold out there on the Atlantic!!

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  6. I, too, find cargo ships fascinating. I was at a convention in San Diego, and there was a cargo dock near my hotel. I watched as a Dole pineapple ship was unloaded, and the seemingly endless line of semis loaded up. Just a few people ran the whole operation using giant moving electromagnets - at least that is what I thought was being used. Then they reversed the process, reloaded the ship with an unknown (to me) cargo, and it was gone. It (or a different Dole pineapple ship) was back again in 3 or 4 days to repeat the process. The world is filled with fascinating things! Have a good one, Jim!

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    1. I could watch this process for hours too! Better yet, wouldn't it be great to operate one of those cranes? I know you'd love that Louise.
      A whole shipment of pineapples!

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    2. You got that right! I watched for hours because it was so fascinating. In another life I want to serve on an aircraft carrier!

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  7. Hi Jim,
    They are massive! I always wonder what they have on board... there are big docks near us here, in Normandy.
    Ivan

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    1. Yes they are! The containers themselves are massive too! Sometimes we get 'human cargo' looking for refugee status. Can you imagine the desperation of those having to do this?

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  8. I always wonder about old buildings.
    You have some great photos, and I love your header picture!
    Thanks again for your comment on my blog.

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    1. Hi Linda! Welcome!
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  9. Now I'm humming "Those Far Away Places".

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  10. Jim-- I've been fascinated by these ships as well-- always wondering about the people who live on them and the stories they could tell about their adventures as they circle the globe. Transiting the Panama Canal was an amazing adventure and the biggest thrill for me was to see all these huge ships parked out in the ocean- waiting their turn. I wrote down their names and looked them all up when we got home from our trip-- I'd love to take a journey on one someday!

    Vicki

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    1. Now that must have been interesting to see Vicki. I have heard of people 'working their way' across the Atlantic or where ever. You could be the 'medical adviser or nurse practitioner. I could cook!

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