Rain. 😦

Although it was already 0800, it was dark enough for the Aloha Tower lights to remain on:

what happened to the sun

I took advantage of the water on deck and did a bit of…er…swabbing. 😉 I also did the usual rainy day drill of checking and moving buckets around.

A bit of news early in the week disturbed me. I still feel uneasy about it, but there’s nothing I can do…except spend time with the ship.

Yes, I talk to the ship and to those who have gone before. My non-ship friends will think it’s crazy, but those of you who love and care about old ships will understand.


Shifting a pile of dirt and rust in the lazarette, I found these old-style square nuts (nod of thanks to my FB friends):

square nuts

Better lighting from hatch:

square nuts better lighting

One of the things I love about working on the ship is that I am always learning new things. I never really noticed the square nuts before, but there are a lot of them.

In situ on a frame:

nut on frame FOC

Just for the heck of it, I took a look at some of my pics from Balclutha. What do you know…

nuts on frame Balclutha

For attaching the cargo battens, I assume?

Looking up at the deckhead:

more square nuts FOC

And on Balclutha for comparison (with lovely COATS mark):

more square nuts Balclutha

Frames on the starboard side:

starboard frames

Planking cut away near the aft bulkhead of starboard tank #5:

tween deck planks cut

Ends of planking:

ends of planks

Moving forward, just aft of the mizzen mast:

where pumps used to be

I’d seen these holes before, of course. However, the lightbulb went on this time.

Were the pumps located on the weather deck above, before the ship was converted into a tanker?

Again, going to a photo taken on board Balclutha:

Balclutha pumps

Something that may be unique to FOC, one of the pipes leading to the mizzen mast:

pipe into mizzen mast

Forward to the main mast and its spigot:

spigot in main mast

Quite odd.

Looking aft along the tween deck, with the main mast at left and a water tank at right:

looking aft

The deck under the water tank is really dodgy. There are holes, through which you can see into port tank #2:

port tank #2

Our lovely ballast water…sediments stirred up a bit.

Forward to the boiler room.

Rivet detail from another water tank:

water tank rivets

A peek into the Scotch boiler:

boiler interior

As the day went on, the weather improved.

On the weather deck, I took this photo of what was left of one of the yard arms that had been sawed off:

yard arm

Okay, back to the world outside…

Lost hardhat floating by:

lost hardhat

Hachinohe Maru, the wood chip ship, still at Pier 1:

Hachinohe Maru

By coincidence, the home port of Aomori Maru, the Japanese ship that was at Pier 8, is Hachinohe.

Aomori Maru

I was surprised to see a red pencil urchin in the water at the end of the pier:

red pencil urchin

New Sailing Star, winner of the unique ship name of the day contest, was leaving the harbor:

New Sailing Star

New Sailing Star leaving

The Navatek got stuck behind New Sailing Star:

Navatek behind New Sailing Star

It was like watching a sporty car following a slow moving truck.

heading out

This made me laugh:

anole on skull

I guess the silly skull thing is good for something after all.

My usual stroll around Aloha Tower…

Aomori Maru chafing gear:

Aomori Maru chafing gear

Not unexpected, but still a bummer…the sundry store is gone:

sundry store gone

Falkor at Pier 11:


American Contender detail:

American Contender detail


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