Johannes Hermanus Barend Koekkoek - The pier of IJmuiden at sunset

IJmuiden  is a port city in the Dutch province of North Holland and is the main town in the municipality of Velsen. It is located at the mouth of the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam, and lies approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) north of Haarlem.
The internal capitalization in the city’s spelling is because IJ is a digraph in Dutch, and is therefore sometimes considered to be a ligature, rendering it a single letter.
The port of IJmuiden is a deepwater port suited to fully laden Panamax ships, and fourth port of the Netherlands.

Panamax and New Panamax (or Neopanamax) are terms for the size limits for ships travelling through the Panama Canal. Formally, these limits and requirements are published by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), titled “Vessel Requirements”. These requirements also describe topics like exceptional dry seasonal limits, propulsion, communications, and detailed ship design.
The allowable size is limited by the width and length of the available lock chambers.

Johannes Hermanus Barend Koekkoek (July 6, 1840, Amsterdam - January 24, 1912, Hilversum) was a Dutch artist.


The British battleship HMS Barham sinking after being torpedoed by German submarine U-331 commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen, 25 November 1941 in the Mediterranean Sea. As the ship rolled over to port, her magazines exploded.


I thought to myself “What if I draw the volleyball captains?” and then I thought “ok but what if they’re all sea captains??” and then I thought “Why not Pirates???” and I think you can tell from there how we got to this point.

This city looks like it was built by a wizard long ago, but the foreground building has new windows and lamps above the steps down to the pier, where partiers wear black tie and evening gowns.  (Alan Howcroft, “’The Waydreland Mermaid’ – a scene from his story ‘Lady Icicle’”, White Dwarf 31, June/July 1982)

He’s saltier than the Atlantic Ocean.
—  Dazai Osamu about Chuuya Nakahara

Treasure Planet- Making Port

One of the less successful, but certainly incredibly creative and endearing Disney projects from the late 90’s, Treasure Planet was a re-imagining of the classic tale Treasure Island, but set in space. With cyborgs. And aliens. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The majority of the film is spent on the ships themselves, but there is a lot happening at the bustling, three-dimensionally astounding port where ships come to dock. Imagined as floating islands (as ports float on water and we have a space=water metaphor in this movie), ships come to these floating stations to restock and encounter a bizarre swath of culture and opportunity.