Yesterday was National Maritime Day in the United States. I had the opportunity to take part in a memorial ceremony offshore.
First of all, I stopped by the ship to check on her, as I usually do when I’m in the area. I bought some flowers for the service at sea and decided to leave a few in the fo’c’sle for any of the old crew lingering about:
We left from Pier 9 on board Mana‘o.
Stern view of the Falls:
Out beyond the entrance to Honolulu Harbor, looking back at downtown Honolulu:
Captain Ed Enos reads a letter from Senator Mazie Hirono:
Copy of the letter:
This was followed by a moving oli by Mr. Leighton Tseu:
Offerings, thoughts, and heartfelt words to shipmates, friends, and colleagues who have passed on:
Brown booby wondering what all the fuss was about:
Then it was back to the harbor and life on land:
Back at Pier 9:
Cal Maritime’s Golden Bear at Pier 10: