A month at sea: Incredible timelapse video

Take 10 minutes out of your day to watch this timelapse.

Composed of ~80,000 photos it shows life at sea on a container ship, traveling from the Red Sea to Hong Kong via Sri Lanka and Singapore over a 30 day span. It is stunning.

Some highlights in the movie, as identified by the creator:

  • 0:32 Milky Way
  • 0:53 Sirius Star (I think) Correction: Jupiter the planet according to some viewers
  • 1:17 Approaching Port of Colombo
  • 1:45 Cargo Operation
  • 2:08 Departure Colombo with Rainstorm
  • 2:29 Beautiful Sunrise
  • 3:13 Lightning Storm at Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait
  • 3:29 Clear night sky Milky Way with lightning storm
  • 4:01 Camera getting soaked
  • 5:09 Arrival Singapore
  • 5:56 Departure Singapore
  • 6:20 Moon-lit night sky
  • 6:48 Another Sunrise
  • 8:30 Headed due north and you can see Ursa Major rotating neatly around Polaris.
  • 8:36 Squid Boats
  • 8:54 Chaotic Traffic
  • 9:15 Arrival Hong Kong

The night scenes are some of my favorites, as are the bits in port as the containers come and go off the ship.

I’ve shot a few timelapses over the years and even think some of mine are pretty good. But this one is spectacular.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Wow, that was something! I love going to an extremely dark location and seeing just how many stars are visible. About 7 years ago we were in Arches National Park on a dark night, seeing the silhouette of Balanced Rock against the starry sky was amazing!

  2. I posted this link on my blog several days ago. September 20 to be exact.

    Just saying. I am sure you saw it somewhere else, I wonder where they saw it first 🙂

    1. I promise I didn’t see it on your site. That’s a pretty easy promise to make since I don’t read TBB at all.

      Thanks for your concern.

  3. Amazing video. I’ve always wanted to travel by container ship. This was a great preview of what it’s like. Thanks for posting the link.

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