Late last week, the remnant of a badly damaged fishing boat was spotted off the coast of Oregon. Remarkably, the boat — adrift since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami — brought a number of fish along with it — and they're still alive.
Somewhere in Los Angeles, a group of executives gather to discuss their next big tentpole film: Boats. This comedic short envisions the cynical development meeting in which merchandising ideas come before story.
It's the ultimate form of recycling — just build your house out of old ocean vessels and ships. Here are some of the most incredible ways that people have turned boats into buildings, and vice versa.
Where do boats go when they die? Sometimes they end up in vast ship graveyards, sometimes craggy, foggy places where ships have met their doom, and sometimes spots where ships are deliberately left to rust. There's a quiet beauty to many of these graveyards and their resting inhabitants.
And while the song is awesome, the art is even better. I want a Saturday morning Game of Thrones Babies cartoon in this style, stat.
This is the Sheerleg, a 3000-ton crane that snaps together "megablocks," or massive pieces of a ship that are assembled together LEGO-style. In the above time-lapse video, the giant crane places a 10-story megablock on a $750-million, 750-long, 137-foot-deep Samsung offshore drillship.
Waterjet boats are propelled by a fast jet of water that's forced through pumps and shot out of the back of the ship. And now the military is implanting this technology in huge boats to make them achieve super speeds.
Over at Telstar Logistics, Todd Lappin shows us one of the greatest maritime moments Earth has ever known. That's right, the tugboat Millennium Falcon is entering the San Francisco Bay, with the cranes commonly called AT-ATs in the background.
Old issues of Popular Science are a rich repository of gonzo, never-was transportation. Ogle such curious conveyances as the skiing cubicle, the tuba-equipped jungle cruiser, and a truck with a steam engine in every wheel.
Once the dead rise, we'll be in need of practical dwellings to hold the zombie throngs at bay. Enter the SS Huckleberry, a marine convoy designed to float out the end of the civilization.
A passenger vessel the size of a whale and packed with gardens, the concept ship Physalia is also designed to purify every river it floats in. Keep the Physalia in your river for long enough, and it will create drinkable water.