Waiting for the Dawn and an Ending

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:

13 06.09 PSI lg drydock 01 sm

Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:

Kapilipono down

I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.

Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:

Tosakaien Maru Hokuho Maru

The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s Ruby Princess:

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:

shore gang mooring lines

Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):

Tosakaien Maru bow

Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:

getting the shot from Ruby Princess

View down the channel:

morning light

After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.

Passing the Matson gantry cranes:

passing by Matson gantry cranes

Manuokekai Kapilipono


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:

Coast Guard boat

Mikioi on the port side:

Mikioi assisting

Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:

Capt Enos

Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:

Kapilipono Ruby Princess Aloha Tower

heading out of the harbor

Manuokekai ahead:


Hoku Loa astern:

Hoku Loa

One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.

Aloha, Kāpilipono:

towing out to sea

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:

Miyagi Maru

Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:

Kwai stern detail

Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:


Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:

Ocean Pathfinder

Ice for the fishing boats:

ice for fishing boats

Literally, a cool job.

Moving containers:

moving containers

containers on barge

Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.

Matson Navigator

Ex-Horizon Navigator

In the harbor for a quick (unscheduled) stop on the way back to the Mainland from China.

Matson Navigator Mamo

Matson Navigator

Matson Navigator bow

Matson Navigator stern detail

Matson Navigator Mikioi Mamo

Matson Navigator stern

After she left the harbor, I lingered for a bit to try out shots with a tripod. Mixed results.

Hoku Loa

Hoku Loa tripod

Forces of Nature

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?

Genius Highway

Car carriers are pretty ugly. These grey ones are the worst. Boring. Too bad they can’t paint them interesting colors.

Genius Highway

Kawika (Hi Paul!):


Mikioi just passing by:

Mikioi passing by


Genius Highway stern view

Gener8 Argus from Land

More Gener8 Argus!

Pi‘ilani at the stern:


Where the rudder post meets the hull:

rudder post meets hull

Hello again!

hello crew again

The pilot, Captain Dorflinger:

Capt Dorflinger

Bulbous bow with draft marks:

Gener8 Argus bow

Mikioi at the bow:

Mikioi Gener8 Argus

On her way:

Gener8 Argus stern view