BBC Luanda arriving and turning:
Thanks to a heads up from Captain Ed Enos, I was able to make it down to the harbor to catch the final journey of Pacific Shipyards International’s (PSI) dry dock Kāpilipono.
In “better” days:
Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:
I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.
Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:
The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s Ruby Princess:
Not the greatest photo, but here comes the sun (and I say it’s all right):
Tying up Ruby Princess at Pier 10/11:
Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):
Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:
View down the channel:
After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.
Passing the Matson gantry cranes:
The tugs were joined by Hoku Loa before passing Aloha Tower. At this point I was very lucky to be invited to hop on the pilot boat.
The Coast Guard making sure everything is all right:
Mikioi on the port side:
Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:
Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:
Hoku Loa astern:
One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.
She was towed 12 miles offshore and scuttled.
Meanwhile, life continued on in the harbor.
Miyagi Maru, waiting offshore while Kāpilipono was being towed out, was finally able to enter the harbor:
Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:
Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:
Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:
Ice for the fishing boats:
Literally, a cool job.
Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.
Here is another small, interesting tidbit in the long story of Falls of Clyde. I found it during a search for information about Captain Crispin, one of the ship’s masters during the 1880s.
The following appeared in the The Dundee Courier and Argus after the ship’s arrival.
ANOTHER STORMY PASSAGE OF A GLASGOW SHIP.—The ship Falls of Clyde, which arrived in the river on Sunday night from Calcutta, was yesterday placed alongside the Low Water Jetty. She has experienced very stormy weather on the passage. While she was in the North Atlantic a severe hurricane was encountered, being one of the fiercest that Captain Crispin has experienced during his twenty-eight years as commander of a vessel. Captain Crispin has on board a small quantity of pumice-stone which he picked up about 1500 miles from the land, the sea being then covered with pumice-stone, which was supposed to have been thrown up by the volcanic eruptions at Java. — The Dundee Courier and Argus, 5 Feb 1884, p. 4
The “volcanic eruptions at Java” refers to the catastrophic series of explosive eruptions of Krakatoa that took place in August 1883.
Summary of events: The Eruption of Krakatoa, August 27, 1883
A few days later, The Dundee Courier and Argus (12 Feb 1884, p. 8) noted that Captain Crispin had donated “9 specimens of pumice-stone, and one jar of small pieces thrown out of Mount Krakatoa” to the Dundee Free Library and Museum. According to the paper, some of the smaller samples of pumice were “swept by the waves on board the Falls of Clyde.”
I wonder if those samples still exist somewhere in Dundee?
The oil-ship Falls of Clyde arrived today from Gaviota with her usual cargo of oil.—Honolulu Star-Bulletin, p. 6 (14 Feb 1916)