The Bulbous Forefoot or, Bulbous Bow, greatly increases fuel efficiency and the fins help with stability. More about this technology (an American invention) here. The ‘snoot’ shown below belongs to a trawler but most ships are built with bulbous bows these days.
Many years ago I worked on deep sea salvage tugs and, since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for tugs. The second image shows the tug Statesman, the first tug I went to sea on in 1972 (this makes me feel VERY old!). The radio callsign of the statesman was 6ZQS (Liberian) but was changed to GSAA when the Statesman became registered in Britain (something to do with the Cod War!). The front of the Statesman looked like one of those expensive ocean-going yachts.
A ship’s figurehead seen at the Amsterdam Maritime Museum. Not the sort of thing you would get away with in these enlightened times!
Just can’t get enough gears these days…
Here’s a flashback to 2015 – Amsterdam Sail. The next Amsterdam Sail will be in 2020.
WARNING. Some brief (very brief) nudity!
People seem to have lost their way today. This will get you home. Steady as she goes!
A video from the summer…(contains unexpected nudity)