Harbor Sunset

After spending most of the weekend in front of my computer, I took a few hours off to get some fresh air.

Poor Falls of Clyde…in limbo. So very depressing. Impounded by the state but still owned by the Friends of Falls of Clyde. I guess the powers that be don’t mind that their names will go down in maritime history as the “bad guys.”

Falls of Clyde

Too bad that it’s only money that talks. History’s voice is silenced by greed.

One bright spot in all of this is that I’ve made some new friends. People who understand and care about the fate of ships like FOC.

Maunawili and tug Hoku Ke‘a:

Maunawili and Hoku Ke‘a

Horizon Reliance assisted by Mikioi and Pi‘ilani:

Horizon Reliance

Mana‘o approaching Pier 9 to pick up some folks:


Horizon Reliance‘s distinctive stern:

Horizon Reliance stern


sunset Pi‘ilani


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):


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


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:


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:


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.

When Worlds Collide

I was very fortunate to be invited, via work (nothing to do with ships), to check out Pasha’s Horizon Pacific.

Horizon Pacific name

On the bridge with the chief mate:

on the bridge

View forward:

view forward

Gantry crane detail:

gantry crane detail

Spreader picking up container:


no tug

Mahalo to my coworkers for thinking of me (the ship nut)!

Of Cargo

placing a container
Matson gantry crane placing a container on board Mokihana

A few years ago, I wrote this post about the Falls of Clyde: A Place in the History of Hawai‘i

I thought it would be fun to compile a more comprehensive list showing the variety of things the ship carried to Hawai‘i from California. Here goes:

acid, agricultural implements, alcohol, arms and ammunition, automobile parts

bacon, bags, baking powder, barley, beans, beer, benzine, bicycles, blasting caps, boilers, boots, bran, bread, butter

candles, canned goods, cement, cheese, cigarettes, cigars, clay, coal, coal oil, codfish, coffee, copper, corn, cows, crude oil

distillate, dried fish, drugs, dry goods (textiles)

electrical supplies

felt, fertilizer, flour, fruit (fresh, dried, canned), furniture, fuses

garlic, gasoline, gin, groceries and provisions

harness and saddlery, hams, hats, hay, honey, horses


lard, leather, lime, linseed oil, lumber

machinery, matches, middlings, mineral water, mules


oats, onions

paint, paper, paste, peas, pipe, plaster, potatoes

railroad ties, redwood posts, resin, rice, rope, rubber goods

safe, salad oil, salt, salmon, sewer pipe, sewing machines, soap, soda, shoes, shrimp, spikes, steam pumps, steel, sugar, syrup

tar, tea, tobacco, turpentine, twine


wagon material, wall paper, wheat, white lead, windows, wine, wire, wire fencing

How many of these items are carried by Matson ships today?

Still Catching Up – Saturday Tankers (September 13)

The female ‘iwa graced the sky above the harbor again (photo similar to the one in the previous post).

Curious. The boom of one of the Matson gantry cranes was hanging out over the water with the spreader lowered:

gantry crane spreader

More tanker photos!

Eagle Express leaving lighter than when she arrived:

Eagle Express leaving

Miss Benedetta:

Miss Benedetta

As to my own tanker, I did the bare minimum. It was hot and humid and I was feeling lazy. There were some details I noticed while doing my usual inspection, but they concerned a project that I’m not involved with. Fired off email touching on a few points. Hope someone attends to them.

San Francisco and Oakland (Sunday, August 10) – Lots of Cranes

A mellow day that started off in the Potrero Point area.

Sheila Ann:

Sheila Ann

USNS Wally Schirra in the BAE dry dock:

USNS Wally Schirra

Lihue laid up nearby:



crane 1

crane 2

Altered sign, should read “Public Shore”:

Pauly Shore

A former navy tug, Dekaury (YTB-178) between Piers 48 and 50:

tug Dekaury YTB-178 btwn P 48 50

Tug fenders on shore:

tug fenders

From there, it was over the bridge to Oakland.

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is located amidst Oakland’s container terminals. It has an odd industrial feel, sort of like Sand Island State Park. It’s also a ship spotter’s dream.

Looking toward Potrero Point (spot the dry dock and Lihue) from the park:

twds Potrero Point and Hill Dogpatch area

Distinctive skyline:

San Francisco

TraPac Terminal:

Oakland Cranes

Ben E. Nutter Terminal:

Oakland cranes 1

Oakland International Container Terminal:

Oakland cranes 2

NYK Atlas at the Oakland International Terminal with Matsonia just visible through the cranes at left:

Matsonia NYK Atlas

The park is also a designated wildlife area.



Unfortunately, there are a lot of Canada geese gathered in the park:

Canada goose

A lot of geese means a lot of geese poo. Ick.

Sticker art and donuts:

sticker art

(If you look at the Google Maps satellite view of the area, you can see the donuts more clearly.)

From the park, it was on to the Oakland Museum of California. It is a very nice museum that consists of three main galleries: Art, History, and Natural Science.

Joe at Oakland Museum

Marine debris display and activity area:

Oakland Museum marine debris exhibit 1

Oakland Museum marine debris exhibit 2

There was a lot to see, but not enough time! Well worth visiting again.