During a recent flight from the UK to Antigua with a BOAC Vickers VC10 I noticed that there was an Ocean Station\ Ship located south of my route. I always wanted to check out what these stations\ships looked like so I did a bit of a diversion in order to get a closer look. I over flew the Station which was identified as Station Kilo operated by France (don't know if that is still the case today) and located at 45*North and 16*West at cruising altitude and then I dropped down to 3000ft to have a closer look. The ship looked like a fishing boat, but because the scenery was a FS2004 port over, it did not look quite right in FSX. Ocean Station\Ships of course were mainly used for weather gathering and reporting and also serving as navigational purposes I believe.
Below a few screen shots of that flight. Ocean Station download available at calclassics.
The "weatherships" with their powerful navigation transmitters are difficult to programme in FS9. I came to the solution to create RSBN stations between Gander and Greenland-Iceland for my transatlantic flight Soviet stile with the Tu-104. The Soviets had in real two weatherships to aid the navigation with powerful ADF transmitters. If the service onboard that ships was a pure pleasure?
When I was young there were constant gossip about Soviet trawlers, which were in fact spy ships. And the crews where you got it KGB. The weatherships could have been also spy ships. So, the pay for the crew was clearly better than for other seamen. But nevertheless, sitting on a ship without big movements on the North Atlantic in winter was not a holiday cruise at all.