Although it was already 0800, it was dark enough for the Aloha Tower lights to remain on:
I took advantage of the water on deck and did a bit of…er…swabbing. I also did the usual rainy day drill of checking and moving buckets around.
A bit of news early in the week disturbed me. I still feel uneasy about it, but there’s nothing I can do…except spend time with the ship.
Yes, I talk to the ship and to those who have gone before. My non-ship friends will think it’s crazy, but those of you who love and care about old ships will understand.
Shifting a pile of dirt and rust in the lazarette, I found these old-style square nuts (nod of thanks to my FB friends):
Better lighting from hatch:
One of the things I love about working on the ship is that I am always learning new things. I never really noticed the square nuts before, but there are a lot of them.
In situ on a frame:
Just for the heck of it, I took a look at some of my pics from Balclutha. What do you know…
For attaching the cargo battens, I assume?
Looking up at the deckhead:
And on Balclutha for comparison (with lovely COATS mark):
Frames on the starboard side:
Planking cut away near the aft bulkhead of starboard tank #5:
Ends of planking:
Moving forward, just aft of the mizzen mast:
I’d seen these holes before, of course. However, the lightbulb went on this time.
Were the pumps located on the weather deck above, before the ship was converted into a tanker?
Again, going to a photo taken on board Balclutha:
Something that may be unique to FOC, one of the pipes leading to the mizzen mast:
Forward to the main mast and its spigot:
Looking aft along the tween deck, with the main mast at left and a water tank at right:
The deck under the water tank is really dodgy. There are holes, through which you can see into port tank #2:
Our lovely ballast water…sediments stirred up a bit.
Forward to the boiler room.
Rivet detail from another water tank:
A peek into the Scotch boiler:
As the day went on, the weather improved.
On the weather deck, I took this photo of what was left of one of the yard arms that had been sawed off:
Okay, back to the world outside…
Lost hardhat floating by:
Hachinohe Maru, the wood chip ship, still at Pier 1:
By coincidence, the home port of Aomori Maru, the Japanese ship that was at Pier 8, is Hachinohe.
I was surprised to see a red pencil urchin in the water at the end of the pier:
New Sailing Star, winner of the unique ship name of the day contest, was leaving the harbor:
The Navatek got stuck behind New Sailing Star:
It was like watching a sporty car following a slow moving truck.
This made me laugh:
I guess the silly skull thing is good for something after all.
My usual stroll around Aloha Tower…
Aomori Maru chafing gear:
Not unexpected, but still a bummer…the sundry store is gone:
Falkor at Pier 11:
American Contender detail: