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:

crest

Nice star on wood grating near gangway:

star on wood grating

Capstan detail:

capstan detail

Wheel and bell:

bell and wheel

Fancywork on rail:

fancywork

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

Peace Ark

The PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark arrived at Pier 9. She visited the harbor a few years ago, but I didn’t get any good photos of her that time.

Peace Ark arrival

Crew manning the rail:

crew along the rail

Captain Tom Heberle was the pilot:

Capt Heberle officers and film crew

Heaving line ready:

ready with heaving line

Bending the heaving line to the mooring line:

bending heaving line to mooring line

Lowering the gangway:

lowering the gangway

Officers disembarking:

officers going ashore

If you look carefully, the female boatswain’s mate at the left of the photo is piping them ashore.

Traditional lei greeting:

welcome with lei

Putting rat guards on the lines, but a bit too low down to do much good I think:

rat guards

Captain Heberle on board Honolulu:

Capt Heberle Honolulu

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

On Board Pi‘ilani – Kaiwo Maru Job

This past week was a busy one, but much better than the last.

I had a lot of fun on Tuesday! The Japanese training ship Kaiwo Maru moved from the offshore anchorage to Pier 11. I had a good view of all the action from the Foss tug, Pi‘ilani.

Before leaving the pier, I asked if I could have a look at the engine room. Pretty cool!

One of the engines:

one of Pi'ilani's engines

Another photo of Ile de Sein, as we headed out:

Ile de Sein by Aloha Tower

One couldn’t have asked for a nicer day!

Approaching the anchorage:

Kaiwo Maru offshore anchorage

Pilot boat Honolulu, heading back to the harbor after taking the pilot, Captain Ed Enos, out to the ship:

Honolulu

What a lovely sight!

Kaiwo Maru offshore

Raising the anchor:

Kaiwo Maru raising anchor

Heading to the harbor:

Kaiwo Maru with Diamond Head

like a post card

headed toward the harbor

Kaiwo Maru stern

Emory Carrick heaving a line up to the Kaiwo Maru crew:

throwing line

Some of the Ile de Sein crew having a look at the ship:

watching from Ile de Sein

Mikioi, the other tug assisting the ship:

Mikioi

I’ve always been interested in what people come up with in the way of chafing gear.

I was pleased to see a design similar to a couple I made for Falls of Clyde:

chafing gear

An old work in progress photo of one of my projects:

chafing gear in progress

(I really miss doing this sort of stuff.😦 )

Adjusting mooring lines and putting chafing gear in place:

adjusting lines and chafing gear

Wrapping the line around the bitts:

line around the bitts

Not the best photo, but it shows a mooring line stopper in use:

mooring line stopper

Finally, putting rat guards on the lines:

Kaiwo Maru rat guard

A big mahalo to Michael MacDonald, Rick Wilson, and Whit Olson of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers! Special thanks to Captain Kamaile Kahoekapu and Emory Carrick.

Of Tankers…

Some months ago, I learned that Carolina Salguero, Founder and Director of PortSide NewYork, was going to be in Honolulu. I admire the work she has done related to the historic tanker, Mary A. Whalen, so I was looking forward to meeting her.

The day finally arrived (yesterday). It was a pleasure to get to know her beyond Facebook and to talk (quite frankly) about the challenges our respective ships face.

I am very grateful to Captain Tom Heberle of the Hawaii Pilots Association for giving the green light to a tour of Honolulu Harbor for Carolina. Paul volunteered to be tour guide and did an absolutely fab job.

More views of A:

closeup of A

A on A

(For some strange reason, I didn’t take very many photos…this post will be wordier than usual.)

Golden Bear rat guards:

Golden Bear rat guards

There were a lot of interesting comments from Carolina on the differences between our harbors.

Mahalo to Friends of Falls of Clyde’s president, Bruce McEwan, for a nice dinner. I think there was food for thought provided as well.

The coup for me, was arranging for us to spend the night aboard the ship. Another friend of mine had wanted to do the same thing a couple of years ago, but the idea had been squashed. (Sorry, Matt! Next time.) I was still a bit worried that word would get out and we’d be forced to call it off.

I was also worried that some weird person(s) would be hanging about the pier. Happily, it turned out to be a quiet, uneventful night.

I slept in the bunk in the cabin that I use as my office. It was perfect for someone my size. I can’t see how it could be comfortable for a tall/large person. I guess when you’re tired after standing watch in rough weather, any bunk will do.

There are large “B-52” roaches on board. I saw them scuttling about on the deck, but fortunately, they left me alone. I hope.

As usual, the ship was warm and humid. There was no need for a blanket at all, even with both portholes open. In fact, I found myself wishing I had a small fan.

The only thing that bothered me was the steady “plop” of water into buckets when it started to rain before dawn. The sound woke me up and it was hard to fall asleep again.

All in all a great experience. I’d definitely like to do it again.

On a Mission

A brief trip to the harbor to take pictures.

Salishan arriving with Monterey Bay:

Salishan Monterey Bay

Tira Lani assisting:

Tira Lani

Miyagi Maru arriving at Pier 9:

Miyagi Maru

A bit of a tight fit with Robert C. Seamans and Wild Thing also tied up there.

Captain Tom Collins was the pilot:

Capt Collins

Setting up rat guard:

rat guard Miyagi Maru

I feel kind of like a paparazza!