Pau Hana Gathering

Last week, I hosted the second pau hana gathering on board Falls of Clyde. It’s just a small effort on my part to have a nice, chill evening with my maritime friends and to bring some life to the ship.

Pau Hana

I was slightly more organized this time and actually had time to do a better job cleaning and decorating the saloon.

The area of the bulkhead above the sideboard was once covered by a mirror. It was removed, I imagine, when the ship was being prepped for scuttling. I’ve always looked at the space and thought it was such a shame it looked so bad. I finally did something about it.





Sideboard dusted and cleaned, brass polished, lovely flowers courtesy of a kind friend, lights, and candle:

flowers lights

The result:

final effect

It was slightly too dark and needed another fan to circulate air better, but I was pleased by how much better things looked.

Wouldn’t it be something to restore the saloon back to what it was?

1879 Wages

“SEAMEN’S WAGES IN GREENOCK….The four-masted ship Falls of Clyde shipped a full crew on Monday for Kurrachee at £2 5s per month…”—originally published in the Scotsman, reprinted in the Blackburn Standard, 22 Feb 1879, p. 3

October 11 & 12

Some photos from Saturday and Sunday.

Statendam crew dealing with lines upon the ship’s arrival at Pier 10:

Statendam crew

Rat guards:

Statendam rat guards

Fixing a speaker on board Kaiyu Maru at Pier 9:

fixing a speaker

I think the timing of my action shots is improving.

Heaving line from Tosakaien Maru:

heaving line

(He probably should have tried coiling it before he threw it…)

Traditional hitching:


Cuauhtémoc Arrival – Honolulu Harbor

Monday was grand!

I took the day off from work to catch the arrival of the Mexican navy’s sail training ship, Cuauhtémoc. I was very fortunate to be allowed to do this from Foss’ Mikioi, the tug scheduled to assist the ship.

Although it was still hot, humid, and hazy, it was lovely and calm out on the water.

Heading out, we were escorted by a pod of spinner dolphins:

spinner dolphins

I will never get tired of seeing a sailing ship at sea. They are things of beauty.

Some views of Cuauhtémoc offshore:

Cuauhtémoc offshore

Cuauhtémoc stern

Cuauhtémoc approaching harbor

Passing the sea buoy, with Diamond Head in the distance:

Cuauhtémoc passing sea buoy

As the ship neared the harbor, the crew went aloft to man the yards:

climbing aloft

Entering the harbor:

Cuauhtémoc entering the harbor

Yards manned:

Cuauhtémoc manning the yards

top of the main mast

tip of bowsprit

Captain Ed Enos was the pilot:

Captain Enos and officers

There was some confusion as to the time the ship was supposed to arrive at the pier, so we had to kill a bit of time in the harbor.

As a result, the crews of the Shin Oita Maru and Miyagi Maru at Pier 9 and the visitors on board the cruise ship Oosterdam, got a good look at the ship:

Oosterdam and Shin Oita Maru

I got in some ship spotting.

Oosterdam at Pier 10:


High Endurance heading out:

High Endurance

Tug Pi‘ilani and pilot boat Kawika:

Kawika and Piilani

Crew members hauling the line from Mikioi aboard the ship:

hauling line aboard

Captain Kea Makekau carefully maneuvering Mikioi, per instructions from Captain Enos, to gently push the ship alongside Pier 8:

Capt Kea Makekau Mikioi wheelhouse

We returned to Pier 21. I was happy to get a peek at Mikioi‘s engine room before going ashore. :D

After saying goodbye to new friends, I walked over to Aloha Tower.

Oosterdam‘s rat guards and bulbous bow:

Oosterdam rat guards

Oosterdam bulbous bow

Cuauhtémoc‘s crew attending to the figurehead (of Cuauhtémoc), part of preparing the ship to receive visitors:

attending to figurehead

One of Cuauhtémoc‘s rat guards:

Cuauhtémoc rat guard

Finally, I went over to Pier 7 to have a brief look at my ship. Poor girl. Forlorn…

Mahalo to Rick Wilson and Captain Whit Olson of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers. Also, thanks to Captain Ed Enos. Special thanks to Captain Kea Makekau, who made the photos possible!

Still Humid

I will be glad when the unpleasant conditions go away. At least it was slightly cooler today, since it was cloudy.

I mustered up enough energy to sweep the fo’c’sle (in addition to the usual weekly tasks). It’s amazing how much dirt and miscellaneous debris ends up in there.

After leaving the ship, I decided to get some exercise and walked over to Pier 38.

Tanker High Endurance:

High Endurance

It was odd to see the end of the pier looking a bit…empty.

looks a bit empty

A notice taped to a storage container provided an explanation:

pier out of service

Looking forward to the arrival of the Mexican Navy sail training ship, Cuauhtémoc, on Monday morning!

Vida Mia Update

I was at Keehi Marine Center on Sunday night (assisting a friend). Vida Mia was there. It was nice to see the work being done on her. She looks a lot better!