Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wooden ships overview

From Google Maps Mania blog by Keir Clarke

Wooden Ships explores European maritime activity and observations from 1750 to 1850. The data consists of logbook entries written by the captain of each ship.
The location of each ship is spatially aggregated in hexagonal bins.
Filter the map by country or time to better understand varying shipping patterns by colonial powers. Hover over the ships or hexbins to view summary weather statistics.
Click a hexbin to view handwritten log entries about weather observations as well as candid events at sea from the captains!
Select ships with particular weather or climatic features, such as temperature recordings or encounters with sea ice.
Check out wind speed patterns across the Atlantic.
Users can also examine wind patterns, weather reports, and notes from the captains’ logs. 
This application will enhance your understanding of the geography and environmental history of maritime trade!
Data sources: Climatological Database for the World's Oceans 1750-1850 for digitized shipping logs, Natural Earth for line work, and The Noun Project for icons.
Cartographers/developers/designers/shipping enthusiasts: Scott Farley, Starr Moss, and Meghan Kelly. 

Morgan Herlocker has also used the Climatological Database for the World's Oceans to create an interactive map of international ship traffic between 1750 and 1850.
These historical ship logbooks contain a wealth of data both about the routes taken by ships and the weather conditions encountered by the ships during their voyages.
Morgan took the location data from these 100 years of ship logs and plotted them on a Mapbox map. One thing that clearly emerges from mapping all this data is the routes of the major shipping lanes from 1750-1850.

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