How to Get the Google Earth Ship Simulator

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How to Get the Google Earth Ship Simulator
You can navigate oceans and rivers with the Google Earth Ship Simulator. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You can simulate piloting different types of ships with the Ship Simulator, using the Google Earth Browser plug-in. After you install the free plug-in, visit the Ship Simulator website, where you will see a control panel and a view of a harbour. Select a ship to pilot, such as a closed river barge, a cruise ship or a container ship. Click on a location on Google's map of the world and then click "Go There." Press the arrow keys on your computer's keyboard to pilot the ship in the area you selected, using Google Earth imagery.

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  1. 1

    Launch your Web browser on your computer. The Google Earth Plug-in is compatible with Google Chrome 1.0+, Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 2.0+ and Flock 1.0+ (Windows); and Google Chrome 1.0+, Safari 3.1+ and Firefox 3.0+ (Mac).

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    Go to the Google Earth Plug-in page (

  3. 3

    Click "Download Google Earth Plug-in" to download the plug-in. Double-click on the plug-in to install it and use it in your Web browser.

  4. 4

    Go to the Google Earth Plug-in Home Page ( to verify that you have the plug-in installed. You will see the message, "Congratulations, you already have the Google Earth Plug-in installed!" at the top of the page.

  5. 5

    Go to the PlanetInAction Ships Simulator website ( to run the Ship Simulator with the Google Earth plug-in.

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