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Old 20th Nov 2017, 19:32
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Map software/websites - Ports visited

Hi all,

Bit of a strange question perhaps, but does anybody know of any websites or software that allow you to create a map of sea ports visited with connecting lines? Perhaps something similar to the below image.

http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=LHR-AMS,+...X=720x360&PM=*

The reason I ask is that I'm about to embark on a career in the merchant navy, and would like to keep some sort of log of ports/routes travelled over the years.

Thanks
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Old 20th Nov 2017, 19:34
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Google Maps?
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Old 20th Nov 2017, 19:53
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Good luck with your chosen career 750, I spent the first 15 years of my working life in the MN and they were the most enjoyable years of my life..
Cant help you with your request, I bought a 3' by 2' map of the world and just wrote the date i visited a port on it. (Very modern fifty years ago!!)
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Old 20th Nov 2017, 20:05
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Originally Posted by MFC_Fly View Post
Google Maps?
A perfect solution for future Seaman 750XL's query.

Creating Custom Google Maps with MyMaps.

And for those times when the bit-laden ether is naught:
http://motto.time.com/4203431/google...e-offline-how/

Fair winds and following seas, 750XL.
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Old 20th Nov 2017, 21:28
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+1 for 1DC and his old fashioned solution.

Mate of mine joined the MN (my god, it was 40 years ago!!) and he used a Times Atlas of the World which ended up covered in neat hand-writing, dates, aide-memoirs and the like. And an EMP won't bugger it up!

He had a wonderful time and the atlas is his most treasured possession.
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Old 21st Nov 2017, 10:47
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Thanks for the replies all.

I've had a look at Googlemaps but I was hoping to find something that could connect the ports with lines, avoiding land.

Something like this



Also thanks for the kind words, looks like I'll be spending the first part of my cadetship sailing around the med so it's not all bad!
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Old 21st Nov 2017, 17:11
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Originally Posted by 750XL View Post
Thanks for the replies all.

I've had a look at Googlemaps but I was hoping to find something that could connect the ports with lines, avoiding land.

Something like this



Also thanks for the kind words, looks like I'll be spending the first part of my cadetship sailing around the med so it's not all bad!

You mean like... (Google Maps)
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Old 21st Nov 2017, 21:10
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Of all the suggestions above I think Angels's is the most intellectually satisfying, the only drawback being the weight of The Times Atlas of the World: think luggage weight in crew changes. A lighter alternative would be Lloyds Maritime Atlas of World Ports and Shipping Places, now in its 29th or 30th edition and designed for use by the maritime industry. It has the advantage of including terminals and offshore moorings that traditional atlases never touch. And Informa, who took over Lloyds List and the other publications/services years ago, are always eager to receive updates and corrections from those on the bounding main.

For mapping software, if you're ok with updating your route and ports of call, MFC_Fly's suggestion of Google Maps, seconded by vapilot2004, is indeed perfect. I use it for plotting where we've been on our narrowboat. A more sophisticated solution might be the Garmin GPS Tracklog function that you select in the GPS menu. Leave it plugged in 24/7 (assuming you hava a cabin where the GPS can pick up a signal, or leave it plugged in somewhere where you're sure it'll pick a signal up, and it will log positions regularly, the file of which you can later export to a Garmin app called BaseCamp and show the route on a map. TomTom might have something similar.

If I might make a suggestion, when you do join your first ship, take time to listen to your shipmates and learn what motivates them, before you launch into describing whatever the method you eventually choose to record your voyages.

Safe sailing,
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Old 22nd Nov 2017, 00:40
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Originally Posted by 750XL View Post
Thanks for the replies all.

I've had a look at Googlemaps but I was hoping to find something that could connect the ports with lines, avoiding land.
Just take a handheld GPS and record the track and upload into Google Maps---this also allow you to add pictures and notes. What is cool is you can see when we tacked etc.

Here is a sailing trip I did a few years back that I will share....I have yet to add pictures.---I will add a couple quickly to give you the idea.

ST Lucia 2016
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Old 23rd Nov 2017, 21:23
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Gordy, could you please check the link you posted? It doesn’t seem to lead to a chart of your voyages. 750XL’s query has got me much more interested in finding a way to chart my own narrowboat trips.
Cheers,
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Edit 24 Nov. Strange, the link doesn't open on my iPad but it does on the laptop.

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Old 23rd Nov 2017, 21:36
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Originally Posted by broadreach View Post
Gordy, could you please check the link you posted? It doesn’t seem to lead to a chart of your voyages.
It's always worked OK for me
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Old 24th Nov 2017, 09:00
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Works for me too (Pale Moon browser)
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Old 24th Nov 2017, 09:25
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Old 24th Nov 2017, 18:07
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Basically you can save tracks as different layers and add details, pictures and whatever you choose. You can change the base map to google earth, and also zoom all the way in. Then you can share with people.

Here is a screenshot:

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Old 25th Nov 2017, 13:35
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Originally Posted by Gordy View Post
Just take a handheld GPS and record the track and upload into Google Maps---this also allow you to add pictures and notes. What is cool is you can see when we tacked etc.

Here is a sailing trip I did a few years back that I will share....I have yet to add pictures.---I will add a couple quickly to give you the idea.

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Unfortunately this method most likely wouldn't work, having a cabin in the deepest depths of the vessel hidden away from view I doubt the handheld GPS would pick up a signal
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Old 25th Nov 2017, 15:26
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Unfortunately this method most likely wouldn't work, having a cabin in the deepest depths of the vessel hidden away from view I doubt the handheld GPS would pick up a signal
You might be surprised, I spent a month on a merchant vessel and mine worked in my cabin...you could also hang it outside somewhere maybe, or even just take a fix 2 or 3 times a day.
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Old 25th Nov 2017, 22:59
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Try AIS [not the CAA one] They are ship tracking sites.
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Old 25th Nov 2017, 23:51
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Get a decent hard cover notebook and keep a daily log, just a couple of lines recording position and momentous events each day. You can create the maps when you are back home on leave. Old fashioned, but it works and doesn't require batteries.
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