1914 Wharf Names and Pier Numbers (Honolulu Harbor)


Pier 1 – Army Wharf (marine planter)
Pier 2 – Channel Wharf
Pier 3 – I.-I. Coal Wharf
Pier 4 – Marine Railway Site (proposed wharf)
Pier 5 – Naval Wharf No. 1
Pier 5A – Naval Wharf No. 2
Pier 6 – Richards St. Wharf
Pier 7 – Alakea St. Wharf
Pier 8 – Fort St. Bulkhead Slip
Pier 9 – Fort St. Bulkhead Front
Pier 10 – Oceanic Wharf
Pier 11 – Allen & Robinson Frontage
Pier 12 – Brewer Wharf
Pier 13 – Nuuanu St. Wharf
Pier 14 – Mauna Kea Wharf
Pier 15 – Queen St. Bulkhead Wharf
Pier 16 – Hackfield Wharf
Pier 17 – Railroad Wharf
Pier 18 – Railroad Wharf (mauka)
Pier 19 – Railroad Wharf (makai) N4

Honolulu Star-Bulletin (15 January 1914)

Saturday Afternoon

Containment boom in the way, can’t move barge:

boom in the way

Namahoe and Ne‘ena:

Namahoe Neena

USCGC Sherman leaving the harbor:

USCGC Sherman

Cargo outbound. Mokihana and Kwai (with sail up):

cargo outbound

Tira Lani:

Tira Lani

JRS Canis:

JRS Canis

School of fish running away from something:

run away

Mary Catherine:

Mary Catherine sunset


Horizon Spirit with tugs Mikioi and Pi‘ilani:

Horizon Spirit

Happy Day!

With the sun comes another opportunity. And a much better one, at that!

I found out that Valrossa was leaving this morning, rather than last night. So, I got my photos after all.


Valrossa bow

Valrossa stern

I was surprised to see the new pilot boat, Puakea, in use. She’s cute!


Marine debris being collected:

collecting marine debris

Fishing boat St. Damien:

St Damien

The water in the harbor was back to its normal, calm state.

Here is the wall at the end of Pier 7 for comparison with the photo from Saturday:

back to normal

Part of Kulamanu’s boat is now in the water:

boat needs help

How long before it breaks loose and becomes a hazard?

Niolo with barge Noa:

Niolo with Noa

One of these tugs does not belong:

one does not belong

It’s Noke:

Noke with Horizon Enterprise

Pi‘ilani at the stern of Horizon Enterprise:

Piilani with Horizon Enterprise

Horizon Enterprise headed to the Horizon Lines terminal:

Horizon Enterprise stern

American Emerald’s hull and bumper detail:

American Emerald hull and bumper detail

Nunui’s deck:

Nunui deck

Plans Go Awry

Despite a forecast of nasty weather (rain, strong wind), I decided to go to the harbor to catch the arrival of the tanker Valrossa.

rough weather

While waiting, I wandered along Pier 9.

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth was at Pier 10/11.

Spray from the swells beating against her stern:

surge Queen Elizabeth

Mat protecting the hull of Hokuho Maru:

Hokuho Maru mat

Hoku Ke‘a:

Hoku Ke‘a

Honolulu taking the pilot out to Valrossa:

Honolulu headed out

I watched Falls of Clyde rolling at her berth at Pier 7.

Port side of the ship:

FOC port side swell

Sigh. Poor girl.

Large swell hitting the wall at the end of Pier 7:

wave makai side Pier 7

Valrossa was approaching the harbor, when I heard a loud “bang” from FOC. Oh-oh. That didn’t sound good. I hurried over to the ship.

Oh great. Problem with the gangway. Again.

FOC gangway problem

Although I haven’t had much to do with the ship (by choice) since I resigned from the organization, I notified the board members and waited until one of them showed up. I could have left then, but I stayed to help.* So much for photos of Valrossa.

The weather improved over the course of the afternoon. I was pleased to get some nice shots of Queen Elizabeth as she left the harbor.

Queen Elizabeth detail

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth bow

Mikioi assisting:

Mikioi Queen Elizabeth

passenger silhouette

Blocky stern!

Queen Elizabeth stern

The Star of Honolulu and Navatek I were floating around in the harbor. I assume this was because it was too rough for them to do their normal off-shore dinner cruises?

Star of Honolulu:

Star of Honolulu

With Queen Elizabeth gone, Hokuho Maru was preparing to shift to Pier 10.

Getting ready to remove gangway:

Hokuho Maru gangway


Hokuho Maru fender

Pulling away from Pier 9:

Hokuho Maru pulling away from pier

*Big mahalo to Rick Wilson and the crew of Pi‘ilani (Captain Jeff Page, Chris Vincent, and Bruno Fonoti-Ulufale) for answering the call. You guys are awesome!

Tugs and Fishing Boats…Mostly

Cargo ship Kwai:


Nunui with a bone in her teeth:




Mamo and Tira Lani:

Mamo and Tira Lani

Miki Hana:

Miki Hana

A bunch of crocodile needlefish:

bunch of needlefish

There were about a dozen total. That’s the first time I’ve seen so many of that size in one place.

Capt Kevin

Capt Kevin

Lady Christine I:

Lady Christine I

St. Martin:

St. Martin

Judy K still down:

Judy K still down

Long line fishing spool detail:

longline fishing spool

Mokihana lifeboat drill:

Mokihana lifeboat

The Lifeboat Station Project

I have nothing but respect for the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), who put their lives on the line to save lives at sea.

Photographer and RNLI supporter Jack Lowe has just started The Lifeboat Station Project. Mr. Lowe intends to visit all (237) of the stations in Great Britain and Ireland with the purpose of documenting the view from each station and the respective crews via photographs. What is unique about this, is that he is using the wet plate collodion process, first introduced in the mid 1800s, to produce his images.

I’ve been following his progress via his Instagram account (@LordLowe). I love the work he’s done so far. Also fascinating are his “behind the scenes” shots.

He is also on Twitter (@ProjectLifeboat) and Facebook

I encourage everyone to check The Lifeboat Station Project out!