Unexpected Morning Ride

A cloudy/rainy morning at the harbor.

Mare Fox at Pier 1:

Mare Fox

A bit too far away for good photos, but nice to see two ‘iwa flying around:

two iwa

Barge Hilo Bay and tugs Capt Les Easom and Salishan:

Hilo Bay and tugs

Mikioi and Pi‘ilani headed out to assist Manoa:

Mikioi and Pi‘ilani

The reality of the port side of Falls of Clyde. Spot the ‘a‘ama (Thin-shelled rock crab):

Mr A‘ama crab

Kulamanu (ex-Rella Mae) detail:

Kulamanu

The Kulamanu is another ship being forced out of the harbor.

One of the Tiger tugs now in Foss livery as Freedom:

Freedom

Manoa:

Manoa

SPM:

SPM

Admiral’s Barge still hauled out, but looking good:

Admiral's Barge

Mahalo to Paul and Captain Collins.

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Relaxing Saturday

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a nice, carefree Saturday. Usually, there’s something I need to attend to or think about. It was great walking around, enjoying the sun and decent trades.

I spent most of the morning and early afternoon at the harbor (where else).

Westerdam was at Pier 10/11. Rat guards:

Westerdam rat guards

Hoku Ke‘a arrived with a barge (not pictured):

Hoku Ke‘a

Torm Kansas:

Torm Kansas

If you are not sure what company the ship belongs to:

TORM

Mamo:

Mamo

More cars! Pacific Highway:

Pacific Highway

Pacific Highway detail

Part of ramp and some crew members:

Pacific Highway ramp and crew

Bunker barge Ne‘ena being moved from Westerdam over to Pride of America by Namahoe:

Ne‘ena

American Contender hauling a barge…

American Contender

…full of stuff (gravel, rocks, and machinery)

barge with stuff

Namahoe all pau until it’s time to move Ne‘ena again:

Namahoe

Salishan with Matson crane barge Mauna Loa:

Salishan

Before I left the Aloha Tower area, I walked over to Pier 7 to check on things. The state has posted guards to keep people off the pier since it impounded Falls of Clyde, so not able to get too close.

Kulamanu (ex-Rella Mae), another one of the ships being pressured to leave the harbor by the state. Portholes and viewing windows being boarded up with plywood. Hum of engine (or generator).

Kulamanu

Said hello to my old friend. A zebra dove sitting in the top band of the bowsprit cap:

dove on bowsprit

It’s all very sad.

Delaware River Ship Spotting

I wanted to have a look at the Moshulu (currently a floating restaurant), but the ship wasn’t open until dinner. I killed some time by walking along the river.

This was the closest I got to the SS United States:

SS United States stacks

Bulk carrier Imperial Eagle on the New Jersey side of the river:

Imperial Eagle

The battleship New Jersey at Camden:

Battleship New Jersey Camden

The wooden-hulled barkentine Gazela (1901), not ready to sail:

Gazela

The tug Jupiter (1902):

tug Jupiter

Jupiter name

Gazela and Jupiter are operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.

Ride the Duck tour:

Ride the Duck

Cape Cod:

Cape Cod

James R Moran:

James R Moran

Discovery Coast pushing a barge:

Discovery Coast with barge

Last…not a ship, but a young ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis), I believe:

gull

New York Ship Spotting

My previous post covered South Street Seaport Museum’s barque, Peking.

I would have liked to see Wavertree as well, but she is currently having work done in dry dock:

Wavertree sign

The lightship known as “Ambrose” (United States Lightship LV-87), is also a really interesting vessel to check out:

Ambrose lightship

In waters where it was impossible or impractical to build a lighthouse, lightships were stationed to guide ships.

Peeking out from behind Ambrose, in the above photo, are the masts of the schooner, Lettie G. Howard.

On Peking’s port side is the museum’s barge Progress and its other schooner, Pioneer:

Pioneer work barge Peking

Since it was such a nice day, I decided to ramble south along the waterfront.

Coast Guard boat speeding along:

USCG boat

Morgan Reinauer and barge passing the Brooklyn Bridge:

Morgan Reinauer Brooklyn Bridge

Morgan Reinauer

B Franklin Reinauer and Robert Burton with barges:

Robert Burton B Franklin Reinauer

I eventually wound up at the Staten Island Ferry’s Whitehall Terminal. (Side note: I learned about the death of Prince via a TV in one of the shops in the terminal.)

I decided to take a ride on the ferry. How could I pass up an opportunity to get out on the water for free?

Castle Williams, an historic building on Governors Island:

Castle Williams Governors Island

Rockaway, a sludge (ick) tanker:

Rockaway sludge tanker

Guy V. Molinari, one of the ferries, headed toward Manhattan:

Guy V Molinari ferry

One of the seagull escorts:

seagull

Stuyvesant, a dredger:

Stuyvesant

Tanker Alpine Hibiscus:

Alpine Hibiscus

Brendan Turecamo:

Brendan Turecamo

Ferries at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island:

ferries at Staten Island terminal

I was fascinated by these wood piles:

piles 1

piles 2

Looking toward Manhattan:

Manhattan skyline from Staten Is

Tangier Island:

Tangier Island

Margaret Moran:

Margaret Moran

Tanker Bright Dawn:

Bright Dawn

On the trip back to Manhattan, I took the obligatory shot of the Statue of Liberty:

Statue of Liberty

One World Trade Center and surrounding buildings:

One World Trade Center building

Evening Light and barge:

Evening Light and barge

Schooner Clipper City:

Clipper City

Back to Whitehall Terminal:

Whitehall Terminal

Ramps:

ferry ramps

Battery Maritime Building (historic ferry terminal):

Battery Maritime Building

Checking Out Pacific Tracker and Other Things

Down at the harbor to watch Pacific Tracker depart from Pier 10.

Pilot arriving:

Kawika approaching

I was invited to ride along on the pilot boat for the job. 🙂 We took a short spin around the harbor while waiting for the ship to unmoor.

Stern view of Kulamanu:

Kulamanu

Graphic on USCGC Kukui’s buoy crane:

Kukui detail

PSI’s larger dry dock, Kapilipono, still down:

PSI drydock down

Bridle chain marks on Hilo Bay:

Hilo Bay chain marks

The harbor water was a rather ugly brown color due to rainwater runoff:

brown water runoff

Tacoma Trader:

Tacoma Trader

The resident female ‘iwa:

iwa

Pacific Tracker:

Pacific Tracker

Pacific Tracker headed out

Pi‘ilani (Captain Schade):

Pi‘ilani

Mikioi:

Mikioi

Pi‘ilani at Pacific Tracker’s bow:

Pacific Tracker Pi‘ilani

Captain Tom Heberle disembarking:

Capt Heberle

Mahalo to Captain Heberle and Paul. 🙂

San Francisco Ship Spotting – Afternoon into Evening

Continued from the previous post.

The new cruise ship terminal at Pier 27:

Pier 27 cruise terminal

It wasn’t open open when I visited the city last year.

Upper floor of the Aquatic Park Bathhouse:

Aquatic Park Bathhouse

Work still being done.

Due to lack of time, I didn’t get to spend time on board Balclutha (sad 😦 ). Still, at least I got a glimpse of the ships at Hyde Street Pier.

Eppie!

Eppleton Hall

YM Modesty:

YM Modesty

YM Unison:

YM Unison

My first decent cormorant shot! Double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax azurites):

Double-crested cormorant

Interesting blue-green eyes.

View across the water to Sausalito:

toward Sausalito

Hornblower’s San Francisco Belle:

San Francisco Belle

A bunch of pelicans on the wing:

pelicans on the wing

Veteran at Pier 17:

Veteran

From what I gather, this tug was formerly Delta Audrey (seen last year).

Part of the Exploratorium, a container set up to produce sound, a work entitled Bosun’s Bass:

container bosun whistle

signage

(Unfortunately it wasn’t working at the time.)

People out for an evening stroll along Pier 7:

Pier 7

Black-crowned night heron:

black crowned night heron

Inside the Ferry Building:

Ferry Building interior

Ferry Building with lights, looking back on the way to catch the bus:

Ferry Building lit up

A long, but good, day.

San Francisco Ship Spotting – Morning

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit San Francisco for a few days for work.

On Thursday, I was supposed to meet my co-worker at 1000 at the Exploratorium. Waking up super early, I was able to squeeze in a bit of ship spotting to start off the day.

First stop was the old Matson Building on Market Street.

Matson Building

Nautical motif:

Matson Building detail

I walked over to the Ferry Building and boarded the ferry to Alameda.

I had noted (via the MarineTraffic app) that Lihue would be arriving and I was hoping to see her at the Matson terminal.

As the ferry pulled away from the pier, I could see Lihue approaching the Bay Bridge.

tug waiting for Lihue

Talk about good timing! (Yeah, I’m a nut. I hope no one saw the mad grin on my face.)

Looking back at the city:

San Francisco from ferry

Royal Melbourne pushing tank barge Bernie Briere:

tank barge Bernie Briere Royal Melbourne

Oakland gantry cranes:

Oakland gantry cranes

Passing Kauai at the Matson terminal:

find the seagull Kauai

Kauai

It was great to finally see HMB-1, now owned by Bay Ship, at Alameda:

HMB-1 at Bay Ship

Sigh. What could have been…

Schnitzer Steel facility:

Schnitzer Steel yard

More old friends, Matsonia and Moku Pahu:

Matsonia Moku Pahu

Commuters on board, it was time to head back to San Francisco.

Here’s Lihue!

Lihue

She had some problems related to her engines back in Honolulu, which delayed her departure. Glad she made it to the Bay Area safely.

(She’s currently back in Honolulu. 🙂 )

Sandra Hugh (same class as Pi‘ilani?) assisting:

Sandra Hugh

Goodbye Oakland:

returning to San Francisco

I saw a dolphin and tried to get a photo, but it didn’t turn out (can only see the top of its dorsal fin).

Passing under the Bay Bridge:

Bay Bridge

Back on land, a view of the Ferry Building:

Ferry Building

At anchor:

at anchor

Pilot boat San Francisco heading out:

pilot boat San Francisco

Posing seagull:

seagull

More to come…