KGcug 2/27/2015

Questions?

Websites for tracking Ships:

www.vesselfinder.com

www.marinetraffic.com/

Both Vessel Finder and Marine Traffic have App versions for your tablet, Vessel
Finder has both a Free and a Pro version, the Marine Traffic one costs $3.99.

And for Cruise Ships:

www.cruisemapper.com/

Here are some screen shots showing the ferry Vacancier which was stuck in the ice for two days going from Îles de la Madeleine in the Gulf of St Lawerence to Prince Edward Isle. The ferry is operated by CTMA (Coopérative de Transport Maritime et Aérien). (Many of these I showed on Friday, others I captured that night and the next day.)

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It still got stuck at least 3 times even following the CCGS Louis St Laurent, Canada's most powerful icebreaker on the East Coast, but for less than half an hour each time.

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And here's the Vacancier arriving at North Sydney, NS (where we took the ferry to Newfoundland) for the first time ever on February 28th:

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Docked next to the Newfoundland ferries:

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(Pictures via a Facebook Group where I discovered thes Apps.)


eBooks

Free books: Use the library (borrow for 3 weeks), on Amazon search for "Free Books", or what I like is the daily BookBasset.com newsletter which shows summaries and ratings of selected books available free for a day, or short time. Amazon Prime also lets you borrow books for free, no time limit, but only one at a time.

Get eBooks from the Sarasota Library Website (you need go get a library card first): ecat.lib.overdrive.com. If your libruary up north also loans eBooks, be sure to get their card to ... you'll have more choices in books.

If you want a device to JUST read books, hands down I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. It's very light, you can read books even at the beach (not true of any tablet), and the battery lasts for weeks between recharges.

You can also read eBooks on ANY tablet, using the free Kindle App.

If you don't have a tablet, consider the Amazon Kindle Fire (available in various sizes). Or I think I now might recommend an Android Tablet on which you install the Kindle App. You can also install the Kindle App on the $99 Windows Tablet I showed you, or on an iPad. You can also read your books using the free reader on any laptop or desktop computer (it doesn't have to be Windows 8) ... download the free "Kindle for PC" program from Amazon.