Fanfare, Cattleya Ace, and Tugs

Another morning at the harbor 😀

Canoes crossing the channel:

canoes crossing channel

Namahoe after hauling fuel barge over to Pride of America:


Reflection on hull of Fanfare:

Fanfare reflection on hull

Finally leaving after spending a week in the harbor:

Fanfare leaving

Cattleya Ace also ready to leave:

Cattleya Ace

Malama being hauled out:

Malama in dry dock

Tira Lani arriving alongside Cattleya Ace:

Tira Lani

Mamo Tira Lani Cattleya Ace

Old line recycled as chafing gear:

Cattleya Ace chafing gear

Captain Brown and Cattleya Ace crew members:

Capt Brown Cattleya Ace

Ocean Pathfinder:

Ocean Pathfinder

Last, but not least, the very cute Weeks tug, Roberta G.

Roberta G

Mahalo to Captains Dorflinger and Brown. Thanks to Paul.



I arrived at the harbor to catch the departure of Sichem Edinburgh and was surprised and very pleased to find Fanfare tied up at Pier 9. Honolulu was an unscheduled stop due to engine problems.

Fanfare name

The nice thing about having the ship at Pier 9 is the chance to have a good look at her.

Rat guards!

Fanfare rat guard 1

Fanfare rat guard

Bulbous bow marking:

Fanfare bulbous bow graphic

Lots of cool textures:

Fanfare draft marks

Fanfare hull texture 1

Fanfare hull texture

While I was checking out the hull, I was invited by Captain Enos to go out on the pilot boat for the Sichem Edinburgh job. 😀

Stern view of Fanfare while heading over to Sichem Edinburgh:

Fanfare stern

Mamo assisting:

Mamo Sichem Edinburgh

Job done, Captain Enos disembarks:

Capt Enos


Sichem Edinburgh

Nunui with a bone in her teeth:


Some of the HART train components at Pier 1:

HART train bits



I was also allowed to go out on the B. Sky job.

Alongside B. Sky at the pier with Hilo Bay astern of her:

alongside B. Sky with Hilo Bay

Hoku Loa:

Hoku Loa

Mamo assisting with Kukahi:

Mamo Kukahi

Back to Fanfare!


Fanfare lifeboat

More hull textures:

Fanfare hull texture 3

Fanfare hull texture 2


Fanfare scupper

Draft marks and Plimsoll line:

Fanfare TUG Plimsoll line

Hatch cover details:

Fanfare hatch detail

Fanfare hatch detail 1

Winches on the foredeck:

Fanfare deck winches

Mahalo to Captains Enos and Collins. Special thanks to Paul.


Not sure what was going on here just before the arrival of BBC France (in the distance):

what is going on

Harbor Police boat:

Harbor Police boat



BBC France:

BBC France

Something new and a bit of a surprise, a large red-eared slider:

red eared slider

Someone’s abandoned or runaway pet? It was swimming away from the area where Nu‘uanu Stream flows into the harbor.

Moana Holo:

Moana Holo

Industrial Kelly Arrival

Industrial Kelly arriving

Pi‘ilani assisting:

Industrial Kelly


Job done, Kawika picking up Pilot 9:


Oil spill boom boat (PENCO 1?) in a hurry:

in a hurry

Harbor Primaries

Miki Hana:

Miki Hana



Mamo with Panthera:


American Contender:

American Contender

American Emerald fenders:

American Emerald tire fenders

Nunui stern detail:

Nunui detail

Judy K and Fortuna:

Judy K and Fortuna

Sights along the way:

old power

tank steps

rain puddles

Manoa’s stack:

stack reflection

Bright car:

primary car

Sailing With a Cargo of Oil

“A cargo of oil is not the same as a cargo of general merchandise. It makes the ship too stiff, she don’t give to the sea, and it is hard on the rigging.” — Captain R. Williams, Master, Marion Chilcott (The Pacific Commercial Advertiser [Honolulu], September 25, 1903, p. 7)

The ship Falls of Clyde, Captain Engalls, arrived this morning after one of the best passages of the season from Port Harford. She made the run down in twelve days, which is very close to a record for an oil ship fully ladened. The Falls of Clyde is universally recognized as the finest sailing vessel which comes into this harbor. She is trim, neat, has beautiful lines and has always done fast work, both between this city and the Coast and when running from San Francisco to Hilo. Special credit should be given here for the present trip on account of the character of her cargo, as there is no freight which tends to slow down a vessel more than oil. — The Hawaiian Star [Honolulu], July 30, 1909, p. 2