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.

Waiting for the Dawn and an Ending

Thanks to a heads up from Captain Ed Enos, I was able to make it down to the harbor to catch the final journey of Pacific Shipyards International’s (PSI) dry dock Kāpilipono.

In “better” days:

13 06.09 PSI lg drydock 01 sm

Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:

Kapilipono down

I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.

Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:

Tosakaien Maru Hokuho Maru

The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s Ruby Princess:

Ruby Princess

Not the greatest photo, but here comes the sun (and I say it’s all right):

sunrise

Tying up Ruby Princess at Pier 10/11:

shore gang mooring lines

Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):

Tosakaien Maru bow

Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:

getting the shot from Ruby Princess

View down the channel:

morning light

After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.

Passing the Matson gantry cranes:

passing by Matson gantry cranes

Manuokekai Kapilipono

Kapilipono

The tugs were joined by Hoku Loa before passing Aloha Tower. At this point I was very lucky to be invited to hop on the pilot boat.

The Coast Guard making sure everything is all right:

Coast Guard boat

Mikioi on the port side:

Mikioi assisting

Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:

Capt Enos

Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:

Kapilipono Ruby Princess Aloha Tower

heading out of the harbor

Manuokekai ahead:

Manuokekai

Hoku Loa astern:

Hoku Loa

One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.

Aloha, Kāpilipono:

towing out to sea

She was towed 12 miles offshore and scuttled.

Meanwhile, life continued on in the harbor.

Miyagi Maru, waiting offshore while Kāpilipono was being towed out, was finally able to enter the harbor:

Miyagi Maru

Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:

Kwai stern detail

Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:

Haleakala

Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:

Ocean Pathfinder

Ice for the fishing boats:

ice for fishing boats

Literally, a cool job.

Moving containers:

moving containers

containers on barge

Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.

Way Behind

It’s been a busy month. I have stuff to post but haven’t had the chance to do so. I’ll try to catch up.

This past week was a long one. I had to work yesterday and today (Sunday) too. I wasn’t sure if I would have time to make it down to the harbor, but I managed to get there. It was a welcome mental break.

P&O ship, Aurora:

Aurora

Is this your truck?

truck

Maunawili turning:

Maunawili

Bow detail:

Maunawili bow detail

No smoking:

no smoking

Walking back into town, I spotted this beaver weather vane:

beaver weather vane

It was a rather curious thing to see.

Interesting pattern on a palm tree trunk reminded me of a zebra:

zebra-ish

Divine Ace and Noordam

Divine Ace a little ahead of schedule. I made it just in time to get some shots before she left the harbor.

Divine Ace

Noordam heaving line stuck:

stuck

Rat guards:

Noordam rat guards

Crew member adjusting rat guards:

Noordam adjusting rat guards

Noordam bow:

Noordam bow

A group of crocodile needlefish hanging around:

crocodile needlefish friends

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.