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Monday, May 11, 2009

Time Lapse Tanker

Three And 1/2 Hours Condensed Down To Three Minutes!

Here's an interesting video. A tanker captain set up his digital camera on the ship's rail, and had it take a shot every 6 seconds. It documents the tanker's trip down the Houston Ship Channel from near the Port of Houston's turning basin (4 miles from downtown) all the way down to down to Morgan’s Point at the upper end of Galveston Bay. Ship speed was between 5-10 knots.

It kinda reminds me of that old video game Night Driver, where you had to keep your car inside the lanes, and all you had to guide you were the reflective road markers. This is similar, only you have the blinky navigation buoys to go by, and making a mistake probably means plowing into a petrochemical refinery, and a fiery death for thousands!

Ain't no anti-lock brakes on a tanker, either...

Found at Swamplot.