Form and Function

I often wondered about the reason for the odd sterns of a couple of the Horizon container ships.

Horizon Reliance:

Horizon Reliance stern

Horizon Spirit:

Horizon Spirit stern

The ships also share another design detail. They have two separate stacks—one located on the starboard side of the hull and the other on the port side.

I finally got around to asking a naval architect friend about them and found out that the ships were originally built as barge (or LASH) carriers.

Matson also has had former barge carriers as part of its fleet: Chief Gadao (ex-Golden Bear) and Ewa



Lihue laid up in San Francisco:

Lihue in SF

Compare the above photos of Lihue from 2012 to this one taken early on in her history before she was converted to a container ship: Thomas E. Cuffe


It is important to do what is right, not what is easy or convenient.

“‘What will people say?’ is pretty nearly always a very shabby question, but one which too many public men ask themselves when hesitating as to how they shall act, forgetting that the only questions ought to be, ‘What is really and truly right? what will men of experience and virtue think? or, what shall I have eventually to say to my own conscience on the subject?’”—Captain Basil Hall, RN from Fragments of Voyages and Travels (Volume II, Series II)

Another Early Morning…

…more ships.

Bravery Ace:

Bravery Ace

Tira Lani:

Tira Lani



Research vessel Hakuho Maru arriving:

Hakuho Maru

Approaching Pier 9:

Hakuho Maru approaching pier

Captain Ed Enos was the pilot on board:

Captain Enos

Senior lineman, Joseph Delsi, removing the heaving line from one of the ship’s mooring lines:

Joseph Delsi

Hakuho Maru crew setting up the gangway netting:

setting up gangway netting

Securing rat guards at the bow:

Hakuho Maru rat guards

Just another day at Honolulu Harbor!

Various Things

Here is the weekly ship-spotting report…ha!

I arrived at the harbor earlier than normal to catch the departure of Gulf Rastaq. Cup of coffee in hand, I went to Pier 9 to wait for the ship to go by.

The pier was peaceful and the water calm. Soul healing. Time for some quiet reflection.

Wild Thing is still there:

Wild Thing

She’s been moved to the end of the pier, which seems much more sensible than smack dab in the middle.

Kaiyu Maru flying the Blue Peter:

Kaiyu Maru Blue Peter

The Matson gantry cranes and reflections:

Matson cranes

Gulf Rastaq:

Gulf Rastaq


Gulf Rastaq detail

Is it just me or are the bow and stern areas nicely painted, but not the area in between? Weird.

On to FOC.

There always seems to be something new and strange.

A sign and an old raft have appeared on the pier:

sign and raft

The walk around the ship produced another handful of bird gifts (seeds), a bone fragment, and two small egg shells:

bone fragment

egg shell

Hard to see (phone camera), but there was a small school of omilu hanging around on the port side:

omilu school

Aside from the routine tasks, I spent a bit of time in the area of the tween deck located above the pump room.

Part of a Lunkenheimer valve just beneath the deckhead:

Lunkenheimer valve

Here is a link to an article that gives some history of the company: Connecting past and future, art and commerce

There is always something new to discover/learn. That is the one of the reasons I love spending time on the ship.

I didn’t feel very productive, so I decided to go home.

I spotted some squid on the Kulamanu side of the pier:


While I was attempting to get a decent photo of them (not successful), Captain Ed Enos happened to walk by. We had an interesting chat regarding FOC and the waterfront as a whole.

It’s weird how one event leads to another sometimes.

Surprise During Meeting

I was searching for the prices of shoes in Hawai‘i in 1900 during a meeting at work. (Yes, the search was related to the topic of the meeting…I wasn’t just fooling around.)

I found the following:

Economic Shoe Co

75¢ for Fat Baby shoes is amusing. But I was quite pleased by the line above that. Totally random and ironic at the same time. I’m sure I had a big grin on my face.

The original copy of the ad can be found here: The Maui News (December 22, 1900 issue)