Saga and Symi

After going in to the office on Sunday to do some work, I went to the harbor to do some ship spotting.

Tanker Saga arriving:


Saga stern

at the stern

Captain Ed Enos was the pilot:

Captain Enos

Saga hull detail

discharging water

Subtle shaka:

Saga crew

heaving line

Stevedores at work:

stevedores at work

Symi has been going back and forth between the offshore anchorage and various piers in the harbor for the past couple of weeks:


Ooo Shiny!

I’m still unhappy about things in general. However, Saturday was a good day.

I left the house with the new grinder tucked away in my tool bag. Before going to the ship, I stopped by Lowe’s to look for a flap disc for it. They had some, but not the right kind to fit my grinder. Bummer. A short walk down the street to City Mill…success!

I wasn’t in a hurry, so I decided to get some exercise and walked from City Mill to the ship.

On the way, I saw a large school of aholehole:

large aholehole school

In a previous post, I mentioned the hull and frame samples. Here’s what they look like:


The one on the left is from the frame and the one on the right is from the hull.

My task for the day was related to the samples. I have been speaking with Vern Mesler, who has been very generous with his time in terms of giving me information about dealing with wrought iron.

He was curious about the physical structure of the ship’s iron and suggested that I do the field ID procedure specified in one of the documents on his website:

Field Identification of Wrought Iron

Grinder time!

Safety gear is important:

safety gear

The last time I used a grinder was a few years ago for cutting, not grinding. So, this was something new. It took a little getting used to again, but it was satisfying to do something different.

While I was working on the tween deck, a visitor to the ship appeared. It was a pleasure to finally meet Rick Wilson, whom I got to know via Facebook. We chatted briefly about some of the issues the ship faces. I’m looking forward to more discussions.

Back to work!

Being a grinding newbie, the job I did wasn’t the best, but it will do for the moment.

frame and hull plate


frame to bare metal

The new toy:

new grinder

Tool Rant

The power tools that were stolen from the ship haven’t been replaced, which is a bit of a pain when one wants to do work.

The thief left the grinders…possibly because they were disassembled and the various lock nuts and wrenches were mixed together in a box and he couldn’t find them. They were fine back in 2010. I should know, I used one of them to cut through most of the welds on the spars.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Buy new tools!

Since I paid for them (angle grinder and random orbit sander) out of my own pocket, they stay with me. In a perfect world, I would happily donate them to the ship. However, people are people and they don’t really take care of stuff that doesn’t belong to them. I don’t relish the thought of getting hurt by a poorly maintained tool.

Weekend? What Weekend?

As I mentioned in the previous post, work’s been keeping me busy. I ended up going to the office this past Saturday. That’s the first time in a long time that I didn’t make it down to the ship. :(

Thanks to a friend, I did get over to Pier 38 to pick up late lunch/early dinner and snap a ship photo.

Gulf Jumeirah:

Gulf Jumeirah

I made up for Saturday on Sunday.

There was activity on the pier (surprise!), as an underwater survey was carried out. I helped a wee bit at the start by providing some line from the ship, then retreated to the tween deck to work with Paul. He took care of the suction line to the aftpeak. I felt bad for not being very useful.

The ship was listing a fraction of a degree to starboard, so we ran the pumps until she was back on an even keel.

Short Video of Pumps

It’s quite satisfying to hear them working smoothly. There didn’t seem to be much hope for them a couple of years ago:

sad pump

pumps need work

I’ve been tasked with getting samples of the hull (wrought iron). Hm. Wasn’t sure where to even begin going about it! After talking to a few people and with timely help from Paul, I now have a sample from a hull plate and a frame to send off for analysis.

hull sample

I’m still frustrated by what’s going on, but I’ll do what I can for the ship.

“I get by with a little help from my friends…”

Lovely End to a Long, Unhappy Week

The past week was another unhappy, long, and stressful one. Still unhappy for the same reasons. I’m not sure what to do, if anything, about it all. Walking away from a tough situation is not in my character, but it’s so damn tempting.

Yesterday wasn’t a typical Saturday. I arrived at the ship at my usual time. However, I didn’t stay very long as I had made a last-minute appointment to see a doctor for something that was bugging me.

Near the ship, a trumpet fish was floating head down, trying to be stealthy:


Maybe hiding amongst some debris will help?

spot the trumpetfish

A young crocodile needlefish was having better luck at looking stick-like;

pretending to be a stick

A good-sized omilu (wrasse for scale) visiting the cleaning station at the end of the pier:

omilu with cleaner wrasse

I managed to get some shots of MTM Antwerp arriving before I had to dash off for my appointment:

MTM Antwerp

Since it was such a nice day, I decided to return to the harbor area. I walked from Aloha Tower to Pier 38.

Malolo flying:

flying malolo

I picked up some tarred seine twine at POP:


Mmmm…poke bowl from Nico’s for lunch:

POP purchase and lunch

I have to admit, it was a nice change of scenery.

It seems the fish are making a comeback from the molasses spill. Here’s a juvenile sailfin tang:

juvenile sailfin tang

I also saw a large crocodile needlefish, two barracudas, and a nice school of something…could have been aholehole.

A couple of ‘a‘ama were facing off on the rocks:

‘a‘ama crab conflict

(The one on the right won.)

I was there in time for another ship-spotting opportunity. Symi was shifting from Matson’s pier to Horizon’s.

Symi moving from Matson to Horizon pier

Needed three tugs (Pi‘ilani, Mamo, and Mikioi – not in photo above), due to engine trouble, I understand.

So close and yet so far…

so close and yet so far

Honolulu approaching the pier.


I wasn’t expecting a ride, but was offered one. Gladly accepted!

YB barge Kala‘enalu:

YB barge Kala‘enalu

Fishing boat Princess Jasmine at sea:

Princess Jasmine at sea

Captain Lenny Stenback and Maui:

Capt Stenback Maui

Back in the harbor and trailing behind another YB barge, Ha‘aheo:

following Ha‘aheo

Nothing like a nice day in pleasant company to raise one’s spirits!


Mahalo to Captains Sinclair Brown, Lenny Stenback, and Paul!