Monday was grand!
I took the day off from work to catch the arrival of the Mexican navy’s sail training ship, Cuauhtémoc. I was very fortunate to be allowed to do this from Foss’ Mikioi, the tug scheduled to assist the ship.
Although it was still hot, humid, and hazy, it was lovely and calm out on the water.
Heading out, we were escorted by a pod of spinner dolphins:
I will never get tired of seeing a sailing ship at sea. They are things of beauty.
Some views of Cuauhtémoc offshore:
Passing the sea buoy, with Diamond Head in the distance:
As the ship neared the harbor, the crew went aloft to man the yards:
Entering the harbor:
Captain Ed Enos was the pilot:
There was some confusion as to the time the ship was supposed to arrive at the pier, so we had to kill a bit of time in the harbor.
As a result, the crews of the Shin Oita Maru and Miyagi Maru at Pier 9 and the visitors on board the cruise ship Oosterdam, got a good look at the ship:
I got in some ship spotting.
Oosterdam at Pier 10:
High Endurance heading out:
Tug Pi‘ilani and pilot boat Kawika:
Crew members hauling the line from Mikioi aboard the ship:
Captain Kea Makekau carefully maneuvering Mikioi, per instructions from Captain Enos, to gently push the ship alongside Pier 8:
We returned to Pier 21. I was happy to get a peek at Mikioi‘s engine room before going ashore. 😀
After saying goodbye to new friends, I walked over to Aloha Tower.
Oosterdam‘s rat guards and bulbous bow:
Cuauhtémoc‘s crew attending to the figurehead (of Cuauhtémoc), part of preparing the ship to receive visitors:
One of Cuauhtémoc‘s rat guards:
Finally, I went over to Pier 7 to have a brief look at my ship. Poor girl. Forlorn…
Mahalo to Rick Wilson and Captain Whit Olson of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers. Also, thanks to Captain Ed Enos. Special thanks to Captain Kea Makekau, who made the photos possible!