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:
Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:
I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.
Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:
The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s 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:
Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):
Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:
View down the channel:
After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.
Passing the Matson gantry cranes:
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:
Mikioi on the port side:
Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:
Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:
Hoku Loa astern:
One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.
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:
Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:
Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:
Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:
Ice for the fishing boats:
Literally, a cool job.
Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.