My land-based existence proved to be a bit of a downer this past Saturday. It wasn’t the best way to end a busy week.
As usual, I sought solace at the harbor.
I left the house early (still dark) Sunday morning because a ship I wanted to see was supposed to leave at 0700.
“Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right…”
Fresh air, calm sea, clear sky, quiet pier. How can one not feel at peace?
I even had a little friend to keep me company for a little while!
0700 came and went. No Seiyo Pioneer. Hm.
That’s okay. There was the tanker Hai Soon 39:
Since it was such a nice day and I wasn’t ready to head home, I went to Kewalo Basin.
I was sad to see that the old Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant had been reduced to a few piles of rubble:
I guess it was really showing its age, but still…
I still didn’t want to go home, so I asked if I could ride along on the pilot boat for the afternoon Matson job (Manoa arrival).
Needs a bit of rust-busting:
This trip was a bit special as Manoa was sporting a Christmas tree!
(Yes, she was carrying a shipment of trees.)
A closer look at the tree:
Mikioi at the bow:
Turning the ship:
I got to see Seiyo Pioneer after all:
Pi‘ilani at the stern with the crew on the ship waiting to lower the line:
Leaving the harbor behind:
Pilot ladder set up on the port side, taken from pilot boat Kawika with Captain Fikes Mauia at the wheel:
Mahalo to Captains Tom Heberle and Al Dorflinger. Special thanks to Captain Mauia for making the good shots possible and for the interesting conversation.
A side note—Captain Mauia also rescued this shearwater that he saw in the water in the harbor. It was unable to get airborne.
ETA: Please see the graphic below from the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center for information about how you can help save downed seabirds.