Fascinating Project – Falls of Clyde

Working on the real thing is one thing, but here is something equally fascinating!

Gerald Wingrove has been working on a model that will show hull construction details:

The Falls of Clyde – the Iron Hull

The tools he has custom built to reproduce details are amazing!

Just the half model alone looks great. It will be something to see when he is finished.

Very Fortunate

As I’ve noted in previous posts, I consider myself quite fortunate that I’ve been able to get a glimpse of a world most people don’t give much (or any) thought to. It is my sincere hope that Hawai‘i residents who stumble upon this blog gain a little bit of insight into what goes on at the waterfront and more appreciation of the men and women who work there.

Along the starboard side of outbound (from Honolulu Harbor) Horizon Spirit. View from the pilot boat on the way to pick up the pilot, Captain Tom Collins, who is on board the ship:

alongside Horizon Spirit

The pilots have the important task of guiding ships into, within, and out of the commercial harbors in Hawai‘i.

Captain Collins disembarking from Horizon Spirit:

Capt Collins Horizon Spirit

Horizon Spirit headed off to California:

Horizon Spirit bow

From Horizon Spirit it was straight to an offshore anchorage job.

Captain Collins going aboard the tanker Future Prosperity:

Capt Collins Future Prosperity

Hull detail. From left to right: load line marks (old and new), Plimsoll lines (old and new), draft marks.

Future Prosperity draft marks Plimsoll

Future Prosperity approaching the anchorage:

Future Prosperity anchorage

Later on, it was out to meet inbound MELL Sudong.

Unfortunately, some photos don’t turn out the way you want them to.

Captain Tom Heberle preparing to go aboard as seen through spray on the window of the pilot boat:

ship through spray on window

I didn’t like this shot at first, but it’s growing on me.

Back in the harbor, a brief peek at FOC. Very grainy. The street lights reflected in the spray make the scene seem a little magical:

golden lights

The illuminated square on the main mast is video being projected on to a sail. Movie night on the ship.

MELL Sudong safely moored at Pier 51:

Mell Sudong

View along the pier, waiting for Captain Heberle:

view along the pier

That was it for the evening for me. But work in the harbor continued on…

Mahalo to Captains Tom Heberle and Tom Collins. Special thanks to Paul. A pleasure, as always, gentlemen.

Pre-Party Ship Spotting

Friday was FOC’s 136th “birthday.” Before heading over to the party at the pier, I did some ship spotting.

Nakue towing containment boom:

Nakue and boom

The “resident” (I assume) female ‘iwa flying low over the water to snap up a morsel:

iwa low over water

Tug and barge traffic:

traffic

Prominent Ace arriving:

Prominent Ace arriving

Detail:

Prominent Ace detail

Keoki passing by:

Keoki passing Prominent Ace

As for FOC, I was sad to see that there was no ship lei… At least she had some decorations at the bow courtesy of the ship fairy.

Brief Visit to the Harbor

A few pics from Saturday.

Fishing boat Lady Mocha I:

Lady Mocha I

Small cargo ship CRS Rebecca:

CRS Rebecca

Three large crocodile needlefish:

three needlefish

Spotted boxfish:

spotted boxfish

Spawning wana (sea urchin):

wana spawning

Portrait of a spotted dove:

spotted dove

Honolulu Harbor – Then and Now

Honolulu Harbor, ca. 1880 (Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections)

Honolulu Harbor old

Honolulu Harbor, 29 November 2014 from Mokihana

Honolulu Harbor today

ETA: Photo is best match to what I have on hand. A better/more correct angle and distance would be from somewhere on Sand Island.

Of Cargo

placing a container
Matson gantry crane placing a container on board Mokihana

A few years ago, I wrote this post about the Falls of Clyde: A Place in the History of Hawai‘i

I thought it would be fun to compile a more comprehensive list showing the variety of things the ship carried to Hawai‘i from California. Here goes:

acid
agricultural implements
alcohol
arms and ammunition
automobile parts
bacon
bags
baking powder
barley
beans
beer
benzine
bicycles
blasting caps
boilers
boots
bran
bread
butter
candles
canned goods
cement
cheese
cigarettes
cigars
clay
coal
coal oil
codfish
coffee
copper
corn
cows
crude oil
distillate
dried fish
drugs
dry goods (textiles)
electrical supplies
felt
fertilizer
flour
fruit (fresh, dried, canned)
furniture
fuses
garlic
gasoline
gin
groceries and provisions
harness and saddlery
hams
hats
hay
honey
horses
iron
lard
leather
lime
linseed oil
lumber
machinery
matches
middlings
mineral water
mules
nails
oats
onions
paint
paper
paste
peas
pipe
plaster
potatoes
railroad ties
redwood posts
resin
rice
rope
rubber goods
salad oil
salt
salmon
sewer pipe
sewing machines
soap
soda
shoes
shrimp
spikes
steam pumps
steel
sugar
syrup
tar
tea
tobacco
turpentine
twine
vinegar
wagon material
wall paper
wheat
white lead
windows
wine
wire
wire fencing

How many of these items are carried by Matson ships today?