Pre-Party Ship Spotting

Friday was FOC’s 136th “birthday.” Before heading over to the party at the pier, I did some ship spotting.

Nakue towing containment boom:

Nakue and boom

The “resident” (I assume) female ‘iwa flying low over the water to snap up a morsel:

iwa low over water

Tug and barge traffic:


Prominent Ace arriving:

Prominent Ace arriving


Prominent Ace detail

Keoki passing by:

Keoki passing Prominent Ace

As for FOC, I was sad to see that there was no ship lei… At least she had some decorations at the bow courtesy of the ship fairy.


San Francisco (Friday, August 8) – Sutro Baths

Ever since a brief stop at the area back in 2012, I wanted to return to have a closer look at the ruins of the Sutro Baths.

Gazing out over the area today, it’s hard to imagine the grand complex that was developed by Adolph Sutro in the 1890s.

Time, the elements, and people take their toll:

Sutro Baths

The pools were stagnant and filled with algae. Trash was scattered around the grounds and graffiti adorned the concrete walls.

The steps were blocked off, so no exploration of this area was possible. 😦

cliff steps

Sad remnants:

Sutro Baths detail

Sutro Baths ruins

Crevice in rock visible from inside the tunnel in the cliff:

opening in rock


Just offshore are the Seal Rocks. The tops of the rocks are white with guano.

Seal Rocks detail

Lots of pelicans, cormorants, and seagulls.


The day started off with a cheerful song from a male house finch:


Asian Jasper from the pier:

Asian Jasper

It was business as usual on the ship…nothing interesting to report.

Before I left the harbor, I stopped to watch Manoa arriving.

Bow shots are always fun:

Manoa bow

With Aloha Tower Marketplace deserted, the birds have taken the opportunity to nest. Here are more house finches (male and two babies):

male finch

baby house finches

There was a trench near the Pier 10 area:


I was intrigued by the red bricks that seemed to have come from the trench:



Timely Mental Break

Another tough week at work meant that I was looking forward to the weekend.

The day started off at the ship, as usual. I brought the sander with me, but didn’t do any work.

The birds were having a rough week as well.

One of two broken eggs:

egg on deck

Dead chick:

chick on deck

The Board of Water Supply people weren’t happy either, as they had to deal with a water main break along Ala Moana Boulevard:

BWS fixing water main break

Muddy run off in the harbor:

muddy water

Well, enough problems. On to the ship spotting for the day.

Hollum arriving:


Different spelling, I know, but I kept thinking of Mr. Hollom. Or a typo trying to type “Gollum”? Either way, not really a good name for a ship.

Tiger 5 assisting:

Tiger 5

Moana Holo with Ka-Maluhia:

Moana Holo and Ka Maluhia

Kashima Maru, ready to leave, in need of a pilot:

need a pilot

I always enjoy and am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given to tag along with the pilots on the pilot boat. Saturday meant quite a lot to me, as I really, really needed a break from my land-based cares.

Kashima Maru heading out to sea:

Kashima Maru

Rhapsody of the Seas taking on fuel:


HR Resolution:

HR Resolution

Mokihana departure – setting up pilot ladder:

Mokihana setting up ladder

Rhapsody of the Seas again, later on in the day:

Rhapsody of the Seas

Different view of HR Resolution:

HR Resolution stern

B. Sky, just ‘ewa of HR Resolution:

B Sky

Clipper Skagen, just ‘ewa of B. Sky:

Clipper Skagen

Out of the harbor, under the Sand Island Bridge, past Hokule‘a:


(Event going on…lots of people!)

Symi is still here!

Going out (very slowly) from the harbor to the offshore anchorage again:




I can see the ocean from my house. I grew up looking at, but not really seeing the harbor. The lights of the ships at anchor offshore, bright but small points in blackness, always seemed so lonely. I never dreamed that I’d get the opportunity to experience things up close.

Kawika headed to the anchorage to await the arrival of Symi:

out to offshore anchorage

Fortunately, the ocean was calm. I imagine it must be pretty hellish on a rough day.

Not the best photo, but here’s Symi (finally) with city lights in the distance:

Symi at anchorage

Back in the harbor, two Matson ships at the pier.

Maui arrived first:

Maui at the pier

Then Kauai (with Mikioi here):

Mikioi with Kauai

Kauai and Maui

Goodnight, all!

Mahalo to Captains Stenback, Dorflinger, and Brown for humoring the strange person with the camera. Special thanks to Paul.

Last Tuesday

I’m a bit behind, due to work. Here are a few pics from last Tuesday. I went to the pier to have lunch.

Sapphire Princess lifeboats:

Sapphire Princess lifeboats

A sparrow making off with some nest material:

nest material

Cap Pasado arriving:

Cap Pasado

Unhappy Week

Yeah. It was bad.

I really considered whether things are still worth the frustration and bad feelings. Up to now, I’ve always said “yes” without hesitation. Now, I’m not so sure.

One thing that came out if it, was a clear indication and understanding of where I stand. It’s not in a good place. I don’t like it. However, there is nothing I can do about it. I can’t change people. I can only change myself and the way I think.

I take comfort in the support of friends and those who know and understand old ships (you know who you are). That support is precious and I thank you. It’s kept me from walking away.

Anyway…enough doom and gloom.

A mishmash of things today.

Another rivet bit to add to the collection:

another rivet part

It’s not a recent occurrence, as it was in a pile of debris. (Wow, odd angle, my hand looks stunted.)

The frame where it probably popped off from:


NEWS! It’s noted on the Friends of Falls of Clyde website, so I can finally say something here. Dry dock is happening soon. Yes. That’s the plan anyway. Nothing is firm yet.

With that in mind, there are things to do.

One of my projects is seeing that the pumping system is in order and completed. It works as it is now, but we still need to extend the line to the two #1 tanks and the pump room.

I took an inventory of what we have on hand:

PVC inventory

Paul arrived at the ship and said something that made me laugh. Laughs have been in short supply lately, so that was quite nice. Discussion, a walk through the ship, and he was on his way.

I finished the small project that I was working on, which was to replace the stretched-out bungee/”Posted – No Trespassing” sign combo:

old and new no trespassing signs

Purely cosmetic, but I do take pride in making the ship as presentable as possible given the circumstances.

no trespassing

I actually nodded off for a bit in my chair on the ship. After that, I didn’t feel like doing anything else. Time to go.

Mokihana was leaving, so I went to the end of the pier to watch.

Saw something curious stuck to the wall (next to a nice healthy wana):

nudibranch eggs

A bit of Googling…Nudibranch eggs? That would be cool. I like nudibranchs.


fairy tern

Grace and steel:

grace and steel

For a change, I decided to head over to Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.

Lots of ‘a‘ama, popular rock:

popular rock

Olivine basalt:

lots of olivine

A marbled blenny, I think?

marbled blenny

I like blennies too.

A series of photos from a different perspective (see Making a Day of It for the view from the pilot boat)…

Mokihana in the distance, on the way to California:

Mokihana in the distance

Honolulu headed out to Maui:


Maui in the distance:

Maui in the distance

Maui in the Honolulu Harbor channel:


Maui in the harbor:

Maui different angle

Boat of the day, Noho Loa:

Noho Loa


“On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place.
If the summer change to winter, yours is no disgrace.”

Sunday in the Park

There’s a small public park by Piers 5 and 6. I chose it as the location for my Sunday ship spotting.

I had some time to kill due to a change in the shipping schedule, so I stopped by FOC first. I did a little bit of maintenance and picked up some spare line for a small project:

line for small project

New project:

small project

No, I’m not doing anything to the silly gangway…just fixing the sign on the platform.

First ship of the day, Marguerite Ace:

Marguerite Ace

frame 133 and tug

Marguerite Ace crew

I wasn’t going to stick around for the arrival of Overseas Anacortes (already have pics of her), but I found enough things to amuse me and it was a nice day.

They fixed one range marker. I think it’s time to attend to the other one on Pier 7:

range marker Pier 7

A lot of sea grapes means more bird gifts on FOC:

sea grapes

Speaking of birds, here’s a cute zebra dove couple preening:

cute dove couple

Another zebra dove with a twig:

dove with twig



Copies of this notice were attached to a couple of the trees by Pier 5:

don't feed the seals

It would be pretty cool to see a monk seal by FOC.

On the on the other side of the same coconut tree, a bunch of trophies:


The elongated skull at the top is interesting. It looks like it’s from a large trumpetfish.

Busy tugs (Nokea, Mary Catherine, Kokua):


Mary Catherine


Mikioi with Overseas Anacortes passing by:

Mikioi with Overseas Anacortes

Overseas Anacortes turning:

Overseas Anacortes

Before I left the harbor, I went to Pier 11 to have another look at Polar Star.

Rat guard!

Polar Star rat guard