Very Fortunate

As I’ve noted in previous posts, I consider myself quite fortunate that I’ve been able to get a glimpse of a world most people don’t give much (or any) thought to. It is my sincere hope that Hawai‘i residents who stumble upon this blog gain a little bit of insight into what goes on at the waterfront and more appreciation of the men and women who work there.

Along the starboard side of outbound (from Honolulu Harbor) Horizon Spirit. View from the pilot boat on the way to pick up the pilot, Captain Tom Collins, who is on board the ship:

alongside Horizon Spirit

The pilots have the important task of guiding ships into, within, and out of the commercial harbors in Hawai‘i.

Captain Collins disembarking from Horizon Spirit:

Capt Collins Horizon Spirit

Horizon Spirit headed off to California:

Horizon Spirit bow

From Horizon Spirit it was straight to an offshore anchorage job.

Captain Collins going aboard the tanker Future Prosperity:

Capt Collins Future Prosperity

Hull detail. From left to right: load line marks (old and new), Plimsoll lines (old and new), draft marks.

Future Prosperity draft marks Plimsoll

Future Prosperity approaching the anchorage:

Future Prosperity anchorage

Later on, it was out to meet inbound MELL Sudong.

Unfortunately, some photos don’t turn out the way you want them to.

Captain Tom Heberle preparing to go aboard as seen through spray on the window of the pilot boat:

ship through spray on window

I didn’t like this shot at first, but it’s growing on me.

Back in the harbor, a brief peek at FOC. Very grainy. The street lights reflected in the spray make the scene seem a little magical:

golden lights

The illuminated square on the main mast is video being projected on to a sail. Movie night on the ship.

MELL Sudong safely moored at Pier 51:

Mell Sudong

View along the pier, waiting for Captain Heberle:

view along the pier

That was it for the evening for me. But work in the harbor continued on…

Mahalo to Captains Tom Heberle and Tom Collins. Special thanks to Paul. A pleasure, as always, gentlemen.


2 comments on “Very Fortunate

  1. starbuck5250 says:

    I rather like the shots through the spray. I never get tired of seeing these working vessels. Our life’s blood.

    • weeboopiper says:

      Yes. I’m glad I didn’t delete the pics with the spray. The only bummer is that I wanted to get a good shot of Captain Heberle.

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