For a Change…

…a post without Matson ships!

After a quiet Sunday morning doing mundane household stuff, it was off to the harbor to do some ship spotting (what else is new).

The schedule indicated that a ship called Moneyball was arriving after noon. Curious name. It sounded like some mega-yacht, but a Google search revealed it was a cargo vessel.

Hokulani passed by while I was waiting:


A plume of smoke in the distance indicated that the Makakilo brush fire was still going:

brush fire still going

Moneyball with Pi‘ilani and Mikioi:


I was fortunate to be invited (unplanned) to go out on the pilot boat. :D

Tanker Polar Resolution at the offshore anchorage:

Polar Resolution

It’s always something to see these big gals up close!

Back to the harbor and more of Moneyball at Pier 11 with Pi‘ilani:

Piilani and Moneyball stern

Her old name Pacific Tramp is still quite visible on her hull.

Kawika and Pauwela at Pier 19:

Kawika and Pauwela

Sand Island bridge:

Sand Island bridge

Moving Pauwela on to the trailer:

Pauwela on to trailer

Recently, I’ve been posting quite a bit about Horizon Lines ships. For whatever reason, their schedule has been more photo friendly.

Horizon Enterprise was arriving just around sunset.

Heading out on board Kawika:

heading out on Kawika

A different view of Polar Resolution:

Polar Resolution sunset

Horizon Enterprise with Diamond Head in the background:

Horizon Enterprise Diamond Head

Horizon Enterprise

Heading in, passing by H buoy (with boobies):

H buoy with boobies

Back in the harbor:

Horizon Enterprise in harbor

At the pier:

Horizon Enterprise at pier

Moneyball on the way back to Pier 19:

Moneyball at night

Thanks to Captains Dorflinger, Brown, and Baker. Special thanks to Paul for a great day!

In my previous post, I forgot to mention that it was great to see that the fairy tern chick in the breadfruit tree by FOC has fledged. Good luck little one!

San Francisco (Monday, August 11)

I had intended to swing by the SUP building (having passed it while a passenger in my friend’s car) first thing in the morning to get a closer look at it. A late start and a glance at squashed that idea.

Ooo Manoa arrival! Time to make my way back to the waterfront. (Yes, I am a sad ship geek.)

I found the solar powered MUNI bus stop shelters fascinating:

bus shelter

We need stuff like this here in Hawai‘i.

I got off the bus and waited for a cable car.

One going in the opposite direction from where I wanted to go:

cable car

I know. Touristy. But, hey, it’s fun!

Across the street from Hyde Street Pier:

across the street from Hyde St Pier

Sadly, the Park store is no longer there in the building on the corner. I remember happily stocking up on nautical books when I visited while it was still open. It’s a shame, really.

And…there’s Manoa!

Manoa Golden Gate Bridge


I’m so used to seeing her in Honolulu Harbor, it’s nice to see her in San Francisco Bay for a change. (It’s that perspective thing.)

I had quite a bit of time before my 1300 appointment at the Research Center, so I lingered to do more ship spotting.

APL Philippines:

APL Philippines

USCGC Bertholf:

USCGC Bertholf

Sirius Voyager:

Sirius Voyager

Seal (as opposed to sea lion) spotting:


On the way to get something to eat, I stopped at the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building to see if there was anything new. On the street level, some things had been moved around. There was also an exhibit on the history of the U.S. Customs Service.

The upper floor was still sadly underutilized. Apart from the radio exhibit, there was only a display of some photos related to the America’s Cup (not my cup of tea).

Some details:

wheel light fixture

Plimsoll line on pillar

davits on pillar

After lunch, it was a short and pleasant walk over to Fort Mason, for the “work” part of my trip. I went to check out what FOC materials the NPS has. I must say the three hours I was there went by all too quickly.

One of the reference photos (not the greatest because of my shadow) I was allowed to take with the fancy phone:

FOC pic sample

Building E at the Fort Mason complex:

Fort Mason Bldg E

The stern of the brigantine Galilee in the parking lot area:

brigantine Galilee

After leaving Fort Mason, I went back to Hyde Street Pier.

Crane for the work being done on the pier:

crane for pier work

Shhhhhhhh…One of the highlights of my vacation was being allowed to go aboard Eppleton Hall or “Eppie,” as she is fondly called.


frames 1

frames 2

Consett mark on frame



The familiar-looking details were strangely comforting.

CA Thayer (ongoing work):

CA Thayer


Balclutha bow

Another shot showing repairs (doubler plates) to the hull:

Balclutha repairs to hull

Another Early Morning…

…more ships.

Bravery Ace:

Bravery Ace

Tira Lani:

Tira Lani



Research vessel Hakuho Maru arriving:

Hakuho Maru

Approaching Pier 9:

Hakuho Maru approaching pier

Captain Ed Enos was the pilot on board:

Captain Enos

Senior lineman, Joseph Delsi, removing the heaving line from one of the ship’s mooring lines:

Joseph Delsi

Hakuho Maru crew setting up the gangway netting:

setting up gangway netting

Securing rat guards at the bow:

Hakuho Maru rat guards

Just another day at Honolulu Harbor!

Various Things

Here is the weekly ship-spotting report…ha!

I arrived at the harbor earlier than normal to catch the departure of Gulf Rastaq. Cup of coffee in hand, I went to Pier 9 to wait for the ship to go by.

The pier was peaceful and the water calm. Soul healing. Time for some quiet reflection.

Wild Thing is still there:

Wild Thing

She’s been moved to the end of the pier, which seems much more sensible than smack dab in the middle.

Kaiyu Maru flying the Blue Peter:

Kaiyu Maru Blue Peter

The Matson gantry cranes and reflections:

Matson cranes

Gulf Rastaq:

Gulf Rastaq


Gulf Rastaq detail

Is it just me or are the bow and stern areas nicely painted, but not the area in between? Weird.

On to FOC.

There always seems to be something new and strange.

A sign and an old raft have appeared on the pier:

sign and raft

The walk around the ship produced another handful of bird gifts (seeds), a bone fragment, and two small egg shells:

bone fragment

egg shell

Hard to see (phone camera), but there was a small school of omilu hanging around on the port side:

omilu school

Aside from the routine tasks, I spent a bit of time in the area of the tween deck located above the pump room.

Part of a Lunkenheimer valve just beneath the deckhead:

Lunkenheimer valve

Here is a link to an article that gives some history of the company: Connecting past and future, art and commerce

There is always something new to discover/learn. That is the one of the reasons I love spending time on the ship.

I didn’t feel very productive, so I decided to go home.

I spotted some squid on the Kulamanu side of the pier:


While I was attempting to get a decent photo of them (not successful), Captain Ed Enos happened to walk by. We had an interesting chat regarding FOC and the waterfront as a whole.

It’s weird how one event leads to another sometimes.

At Aloha Tower

I had some time to kill, so I went up to the 10th floor observation deck of Aloha Tower…a lonely sentinel in the midst of a maze of construction barricades.

What looks like a nice jacuzzi for two on A:

jacuzzi on A

(Nice job varnish job on the rail.)

Light Maui with some work being done at the stern:


There goes Honolulu:

Honolulu and sad pier

How long before that decaying corner of the pier falls in?

Back at ground level…the target of the day, Satsumaseiun Maru, along with Honolulu and Maui:

Satsumaseiun Maru Honolulu

Wild Thing (no pic) is still tied up right at the middle of Pier 9. A bit awkward.

Approaching the pier, the crew at their stations:

approaching pier

Getting a fender ready:

getting a fender ready

Love the traditional hitching.

Ready with a heaving line:

heaving line

Captain Anzai (no, I don’t know him, I just read his name tag) and pilot, Captain Tom Collins:

Captain Anzai and Captain Collins

Nice smile!

Captain Collins

Job done!

Captain Collins Honolulu

Passing by Robert C. Seamans, saw this fish tail at the end of the bowsprit:

fish tail

Of Tankers…

Some months ago, I learned that Carolina Salguero, Founder and Director of PortSide NewYork, was going to be in Honolulu. I admire the work she has done related to the historic tanker, Mary A. Whalen, so I was looking forward to meeting her.

The day finally arrived (yesterday). It was a pleasure to get to know her beyond Facebook and to talk (quite frankly) about the challenges our respective ships face.

I am very grateful to Captain Tom Heberle of the Hawaii Pilots Association for giving the green light to a tour of Honolulu Harbor for Carolina. Paul volunteered to be tour guide and did an absolutely fab job.

More views of A:

closeup of A

A on A

(For some strange reason, I didn’t take very many photos…this post will be wordier than usual.)

Golden Bear rat guards:

Golden Bear rat guards

There were a lot of interesting comments from Carolina on the differences between our harbors.

Mahalo to Friends of Falls of Clyde’s president, Bruce McEwan, for a nice dinner. I think there was food for thought provided as well.

The coup for me, was arranging for us to spend the night aboard the ship. Another friend of mine had wanted to do the same thing a couple of years ago, but the idea had been squashed. (Sorry, Matt! Next time.) I was still a bit worried that word would get out and we’d be forced to call it off.

I was also worried that some weird person(s) would be hanging about the pier. Happily, it turned out to be a quiet, uneventful night.

I slept in the bunk in the cabin that I use as my office. It was perfect for someone my size. I can’t see how it could be comfortable for a tall/large person. I guess when you’re tired after standing watch in rough weather, any bunk will do.

There are large “B-52″ roaches on board. I saw them scuttling about on the deck, but fortunately, they left me alone. I hope.

As usual, the ship was warm and humid. There was no need for a blanket at all, even with both portholes open. In fact, I found myself wishing I had a small fan.

The only thing that bothered me was the steady “plop” of water into buckets when it started to rain before dawn. The sound woke me up and it was hard to fall asleep again.

All in all a great experience. I’d definitely like to do it again.

Lovely Sunday

Sunday was one of those perfect days. Sunny, but not too hot.

nice day at the harbor

I went to the harbor to do some ship spotting. Yes, it’s become a ritual.

Ocean Charger:

Ocean Charger

Mumbai bow:

Mumbai bow

And rat guard:

Mumbai rat guard

Mikioi all pau with Maunalei:

Mikioi Maunalei

Bikes aloft on Kwai, ready to leave on cargo run:

bikes aloft

Asuka II heading out:

pilot ladder

“Hello up there!”

hello up there Asuka II

A returning:

A returning to harbor

Thanks to Captains Stenback and Collins, and to Paul.