BE Esmeralda – Morning and Evening

With the Chilean Navy’s barquentine Esmeralda at Pier 9, of course I had to go to the harbor and get photos.

I arrived early enough to catch the hoisting of the colors (U.S. and Chile) and ensign.

Ensign being hoisted on the staff at the stern of the ship:

hoisting the ensign

Smart salute:

saluting ensign

Since she is a navy ship, there are guns on deck:

gun on deck

Starboard light:

starboard light

Condor figurehead:

condor figurehead

There was a sign by the gangway saying that the ship would be open to the public starting later on that morning. Unfortunately, I had to go to work. So, I made plans to return in the afternoon.

Rat guard:

rat guard

Crest on end of bridge wing:


Nice star on wood grating near gangway:

star on wood grating

Capstan detail:

capstan detail

Wheel and bell:

bell and wheel

Fancywork on rail:


Circular crest just forward of the bridge:

circular crest

Looking aft:

looking aft

Up aloft:

up aloft

Lowering the ensign at sunset:

lowering the ensign

Light detail:

lights on the ship

ship with lights



Peking name stern

With Peking set to return to Hamburg later this year, I thought it would be a good time to see her while she was still in New York and open to the public.

I went on the South Street Seaport Museum’s guided tour of the ship.

While Peking is a much larger ship than Falls of Clyde and there are some obvious differences, I still felt quite at home.

I was interested to see a side port open and in use:

Peking side port

Spars (from one of the museum’s schooners), that were stored on board, were being removed through the side port:

spars removed from storage through port

Hatch aft of midships deck:


Part of the crew accommodations:

crew area


Main mast:

main mast

Beams and deckhead:

beams deckhead

Some details were all too familiar:

rust missing rivets

View forward looking at fo’c’sle area:

view forward at fo'c'sle

Foremast and buildings beyond:


Plywood covering deck:

plywood covering deck

View forward from the poop deck:

forward from the poop deck

Double wheel and “coffin” covering the steering gear:

poop deck double wheel

Interesting to see this Port Glasgow manufacturer’s plate on a winch:

manufacturer plate

Seems out of place on a German-built ship, but dates from her days as the British training ship Arethusa.

Peking name starboard

At the bow:

view from pier

Peking bow waterline




Nippon Maru

I took the morning off from work to watch the arrival of Nippon Maru. I got to the harbor shortly after sunrise. I love the light at that time of day.

Paradise Ace:

Paradise Ace

Harbour Loyalty and Tacoma Trader:

Harbour Loyalty Tacoma Trader

Mokihana arriving:

sunrise Mokihana

Mamo at the bow:

Mamo Nippon Maru bow

Looking along the hull from Pi‘ilani:

along the hull

Aloha Tower from alongside Pier 10:

Aloha Tower Pier 10

Kawika passing by, waiting for the pilot:


Getting the line back:

line back

I like how the shape of the building echoes the masts:

Nippon Maru and buildings

From Nippon Maru it was over to Paradise Ace:

in the shadow of Paradise Ace


Paradise Ace scuppers

Paradise Ace departing

Another view of Nippon Maru dwarfed by the buildings of downtown Honolulu:

Nippon Maru downtown buildings

Mahalo to Rick Wilson and Michael MacDonald. Special thanks to Captain Kahoekapu.


Rain. 😦

Although it was already 0800, it was dark enough for the Aloha Tower lights to remain on:

what happened to the sun

I took advantage of the water on deck and did a bit of…er…swabbing. 😉 I also did the usual rainy day drill of checking and moving buckets around.

A bit of news early in the week disturbed me. I still feel uneasy about it, but there’s nothing I can do…except spend time with the ship.

Yes, I talk to the ship and to those who have gone before. My non-ship friends will think it’s crazy, but those of you who love and care about old ships will understand.


Shifting a pile of dirt and rust in the lazarette, I found these old-style square nuts (nod of thanks to my FB friends):

square nuts

Better lighting from hatch:

square nuts better lighting

One of the things I love about working on the ship is that I am always learning new things. I never really noticed the square nuts before, but there are a lot of them.

In situ on a frame:

nut on frame FOC

Just for the heck of it, I took a look at some of my pics from Balclutha. What do you know…

nuts on frame Balclutha

For attaching the cargo battens, I assume?

Looking up at the deckhead:

more square nuts FOC

And on Balclutha for comparison (with lovely COATS mark):

more square nuts Balclutha

Frames on the starboard side:

starboard frames

Planking cut away near the aft bulkhead of starboard tank #5:

tween deck planks cut

Ends of planking:

ends of planks

Moving forward, just aft of the mizzen mast:

where pumps used to be

I’d seen these holes before, of course. However, the lightbulb went on this time.

Were the pumps located on the weather deck above, before the ship was converted into a tanker?

Again, going to a photo taken on board Balclutha:

Balclutha pumps

Something that may be unique to FOC, one of the pipes leading to the mizzen mast:

pipe into mizzen mast

Forward to the main mast and its spigot:

spigot in main mast

Quite odd.

Looking aft along the tween deck, with the main mast at left and a water tank at right:

looking aft

The deck under the water tank is really dodgy. There are holes, through which you can see into port tank #2:

port tank #2

Our lovely ballast water…sediments stirred up a bit.

Forward to the boiler room.

Rivet detail from another water tank:

water tank rivets

A peek into the Scotch boiler:

boiler interior

As the day went on, the weather improved.

On the weather deck, I took this photo of what was left of one of the yard arms that had been sawed off:

yard arm

Okay, back to the world outside…

Lost hardhat floating by:

lost hardhat

Hachinohe Maru, the wood chip ship, still at Pier 1:

Hachinohe Maru

By coincidence, the home port of Aomori Maru, the Japanese ship that was at Pier 8, is Hachinohe.

Aomori Maru

I was surprised to see a red pencil urchin in the water at the end of the pier:

red pencil urchin

New Sailing Star, winner of the unique ship name of the day contest, was leaving the harbor:

New Sailing Star

New Sailing Star leaving

The Navatek got stuck behind New Sailing Star:

Navatek behind New Sailing Star

It was like watching a sporty car following a slow moving truck.

heading out

This made me laugh:

anole on skull

I guess the silly skull thing is good for something after all.

My usual stroll around Aloha Tower…

Aomori Maru chafing gear:

Aomori Maru chafing gear

Not unexpected, but still a bummer…the sundry store is gone:

sundry store gone

Falkor at Pier 11:


American Contender detail:

American Contender detail

Whew! A Relief…

When I arrived at the harbor this morning, I didn’t want to look at the water for fear of finding dead fish floating around the ship. It was a relief to see things pretty much as they normally are. However, that doesn’t mean that the area will not be affected by the Matson molasses spill. So far so good, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Business as usual for the (hungry) cleaner wrasse, seen here with a bunch of mamos:

mamos at cleaning wrasse station

A bit of rain…pretty double rainbow over the harbor:

morning rainbow

I helped out on the pier with gangway related stuff, so I didn’t spend much time on the ship today.

I should know by now that taking the ullage readings at mid-day is a pathway to heat stroke. There’s nothing like staring down into a tank and getting hit with a blast of stale, hot air while the sun is beating down on your head.

Thank goodness for the relief of the mizzen mast shadow:

mizzen shade

I noticed that the poop deck rail needs work. Must remember to order more Le Tonkinois.

Visible from the deck, this rather interesting contrail:


And, oh look, a balloon stuck on the jigger stay:

balloon stuck on stay

The source of the balloon:

Hooters balloon

Bad for sea life. Being so near to the ocean, they should know better.

Someone lost a lot of fishing line:

lost line

Lots of tug movement today. Aside from the usual tug and barge combos, a group of Kirby tugs left the harbor (no pics, camera not handy).

I was surprised to see Mamo in Foss livery:

Mamo in Foss livery

A bunch of people (looked like members of the press) on board Tira Lani:

people on Tira Lani

Interesting ship of the day, car carrier Splendid Ace:

Splendid Ace

Splendid Ace bow

Splendid Ace crew

ETA: Donated a bit to the ship via Foodland’s “Give Aloha” program today. Will probably give more before the month is out. Remember…78512.