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

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!

Painting Will Have to Wait

Rainy weather yesterday meant that painting the weather deck had to be postponed.

That’s okay. There were still things that had to be done.

During my inspection, a number of fairy terns were flying above the bow of the ship and around the breadfruit tree:

fairy terns flying

I hadn’t checked the ullages in quite a while (yeah bad), so I made sure I did that. I was glad that it was cloudy or it would have been awfully hot and uncomfortable.

It wasn’t long before the sun made its appearance:

mixture of clouds and sun

I considered staying longer to do some sweeping, but decided to call it a day (still lazy, I guess).

Walking to City Mill, I saw that the harbor tenant shuffle had begun in earnest.

Oil spill response vessels and barge are now where the Superferry barges were:

Hawaii Responder and barge

Last Sunday

Still catching up, in terms of posts…

Another hot, humid day!

After doing housework in the morning, I decided to head out to the harbor. I stopped at West Marine first, to pick up new gloves, as my old pair was looking pretty ratty.

On the walk from West Marine to Aloha Tower, Superferry barges all gone:

Superferry barges all gone



Celebrity Century arriving:

Celebrity Century

A ride on the pilot boat to Pier 19.

The view is certainly improved, now that the barges are gone:

better view from Pier 19

Out to meet Manulani.

Captain Tom Collins going aboard:

TCollins Manulani

Returning to the harbor, Young Brothers barge Kukahi was holding up traffic:

holding up traffic

Ramps and a gangway belonging to Matson were being moved from the pier on to the barge.

Pi‘ilani helping to hold Kukahi steady:

Young Brothers barge Kukahi

The old HEI “Islands” logo is still visible to the right of “Limited.” Never noticed that before.

A female ‘iwa (the same one?) flying low over the water, fishing:

iwa fishing

Fix me!

needs fixing

Mahalo to Captains Heberle and Collins. Special thanks to Paul.