Delaware River Ship Spotting

I wanted to have a look at the Moshulu (currently a floating restaurant), but the ship wasn’t open until dinner. I killed some time by walking along the river.

This was the closest I got to the SS United States:

SS United States stacks

Bulk carrier Imperial Eagle on the New Jersey side of the river:

Imperial Eagle

The battleship New Jersey at Camden:

Battleship New Jersey Camden

The wooden-hulled barkentine Gazela (1901), not ready to sail:


The tug Jupiter (1902):

tug Jupiter

Jupiter name

Gazela and Jupiter are operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.

Ride the Duck tour:

Ride the Duck

Cape Cod:

Cape Cod

James R Moran:

James R Moran

Discovery Coast pushing a barge:

Discovery Coast with barge

Last…not a ship, but a young ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis), I believe:



New York Ship Spotting

My previous post covered South Street Seaport Museum’s barque, Peking.

I would have liked to see Wavertree as well, but she is currently having work done in dry dock:

Wavertree sign

The lightship known as “Ambrose” (United States Lightship LV-87), is also a really interesting vessel to check out:

Ambrose lightship

In waters where it was impossible or impractical to build a lighthouse, lightships were stationed to guide ships.

Peeking out from behind Ambrose, in the above photo, are the masts of the schooner, Lettie G. Howard.

On Peking’s port side is the museum’s barge Progress and its other schooner, Pioneer:

Pioneer work barge Peking

Since it was such a nice day, I decided to ramble south along the waterfront.

Coast Guard boat speeding along:

USCG boat

Morgan Reinauer and barge passing the Brooklyn Bridge:

Morgan Reinauer Brooklyn Bridge

Morgan Reinauer

B Franklin Reinauer and Robert Burton with barges:

Robert Burton B Franklin Reinauer

I eventually wound up at the Staten Island Ferry’s Whitehall Terminal. (Side note: I learned about the death of Prince via a TV in one of the shops in the terminal.)

I decided to take a ride on the ferry. How could I pass up an opportunity to get out on the water for free?

Castle Williams, an historic building on Governors Island:

Castle Williams Governors Island

Rockaway, a sludge (ick) tanker:

Rockaway sludge tanker

Guy V. Molinari, one of the ferries, headed toward Manhattan:

Guy V Molinari ferry

One of the seagull escorts:


Stuyvesant, a dredger:


Tanker Alpine Hibiscus:

Alpine Hibiscus

Brendan Turecamo:

Brendan Turecamo

Ferries at the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island:

ferries at Staten Island terminal

I was fascinated by these wood piles:

piles 1

piles 2

Looking toward Manhattan:

Manhattan skyline from Staten Is

Tangier Island:

Tangier Island

Margaret Moran:

Margaret Moran

Tanker Bright Dawn:

Bright Dawn

On the trip back to Manhattan, I took the obligatory shot of the Statue of Liberty:

Statue of Liberty

One World Trade Center and surrounding buildings:

One World Trade Center building

Evening Light and barge:

Evening Light and barge

Schooner Clipper City:

Clipper City

Back to Whitehall Terminal:

Whitehall Terminal


ferry ramps

Battery Maritime Building (historic ferry terminal):

Battery Maritime Building

San Francisco (Thursday, August 7)

My flight arrived at San Francisco early Thursday morning.

I had decided to use public transportation to get around the city. The first thing I had to do was to get from the terminal to the BART station. Fortunately, there was a tram:

Red Line to BART

BART train:

BART train SFO

After getting off at the Embarcadero Station, I found a nearby Walgreens and got a Clipper Card. Very useful. Also proving to be invaluable was my smartphone, Google Maps, and a public transportation app.

A short walk and street car ride brought me close to Hyde Street Pier.

Curb along the way to San Francisco Maritime NHP:

Richard Henry Dana curb

A friend and I had made arrangements to go for an afternoon sail on board the park’s schooner Alma.

While waiting, I watched work being done aloft on Balclutha:

work aloft on Balclutha

Harsh commentary from a seagull:

seagull commenting

Alma’s pennant:

Alma pennant

It was a bit blustery out on the bay, but I totally enjoyed being on a ship that actually sails (for a change).

Sailboat zipping along:


View from Alma toward Sausalito:

twds Sausalito from Alma

A peek at some Coast Guard boats in Horseshoe Bay:

Coast Guard boats

Golden Gate Bridge, with tops hidden by fog:

Golden Gate Bridge


Golden Gate Bridge detail

Time passed all too quickly and soon we had to return to the pier.

In the evening, I tagged along with another friend to Berkeley for pool and dinner.


Some details related to past posts.

FOC could use a gangway set up similar to this:


Balclutha‘s port side port:

Balclutha port side port

Starboard side port:

Balclutha starboard side port

This post wouldn’t be complete without some shipspotting.

CSCL Winter:

CSCL Winter

Tug Ahbra Franco assisting Pichincha:

Ahbra Franco assist



ETA: A bit of bad timing. Due to work on the piles, most of Hyde Street Pier was closed to the public (Mondays through Thursdays), which meant no access to the ships. Boo.

Last Day – 20 February

A return to SFMNHP to see the other ships.

First, a stop off at the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, which was designed to resemble a ship. I visited the building during my last trip to San Francisco. From what I remember, there were more displays then and the interior of the building seemed much darker. A lot changes in 10 years.

The lobby now houses a few very nice sailing ship models and part of the Niantic.

Niantic’s copper sheathing:

copper sheathing Niantic

Then, there are the striking surrealist murals on the walls. They were painted in the 1930s by artist Hilaire Hiler and depict various underwater scenes.

Some details that appealed to me:

Hiler mural detail 1

Hiler mural detail 2

Ad on the side of a bus stop on the way to Hyde Street Pier:

Hawaiian Air ad

The first stop was the wooden schooner CA Thayer. She is in the process of being restored.*

CA Thayer work in progress

Wood detail:

CA Thayer wood detail


CA Thayer knees

View toward stern:

CA Thayer twds stern

Loading ports:

CA Thayer loading ports

Located between CA Thayer and Balclutha is the sweet little paddlewheel tug, Eppleton Hall. Love!

Eppleton Hall name

It’s a shame she is not in better condition:

Eppleton Hall

The ferry Eureka:


A volunteer hard at work on the steam tug Hercules:

Hercules volunteer

Detail of the hull of the replica shrimp fishing junk Grace Quan:

detail hull Grace Quan

Balclutha’s Plimsoll Line:

Balclutha plimsoll line

A Pepto-Bismol-colored starfish (Pisaster brevispinus?), looking like it’s hanging on for dear life:


Seen on the bumper of a car in the parking lot of the Beach Chalet:

slow down bumpersticker

😀 The same car also had “North Shore” and hibiscus stickers.

Thanks Brush! Lots of fun and learned a lot!

*ETA: Brush mentioned that parts of Wawona were saved and will be used in the restoration.

First Full Day in San Diego

The first full day in San Diego was spent at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Anyone who loves ships can happily spend a whole day there going through the ships and looking at the exhibits.

The centerpiece of the museum’s collection is the Star of India (built as Euterpe in 1863). She has a connection to Hawai‘i. Like Falls of Clyde, she once flew the Hawaiian flag. (See Under the Hawaiian Flag.)

Star of India

(Sorry, the tip of the jibboom is being cropped off by the blog software.)

She’s a lovely ship and is well-cared for by her crew.

The bulkhead behind the chain locker:

bulkhead Star of India

I wish FOC’s bulkheads were in such good condition.

The ship’s original official number and tonnage:

Star official number tons

The boatswain’s locker:

bosun's locker

Cool pump machinery on the weather deck, aft of the main mast:

pump Star of India

The salon:

salon Star of India

Interesting to note, Star of India‘s salon has a similar look and feel to FOC’s. Before FOC’s salon was stripped of items while the ship was being prepped to be scuttled at sea, that is.

The skylight:

skylight Star of India

It’s a relief to see that I’m not the only one dealing with water-related issues:

leak bucket

water on poop deck

Chafing gear on mooring line:

chafing gear Star of India

For Patrick O’Brian and Master and Commander movie fans, there is the Surprise (ex-Rose):

Surprise bow detail

stern detail Surprise


Surprise figurehead

line Surprise

wheel Surprise

My friend and I originally wanted to sail on the Californian, but decided to continue looking at the ships instead.

Californian arriving back at the pier:


Aloft, furling sails:

Californian furling sail

The museum’s headquarters are on board the Berkeley:


A new location means new birds to photograph.

Here is a rather angry looking pigeon sitting on the B-39 Russian submarine:

angry pigeon

A juvenile gull yawning:

juvenile gull

Other San Diego Bay sights…

Carnival Spirit leaving:

Carnival Spirit

The aircraft carrier USS Midway:

USS Midway

A more industrial shot of a crane on a barge:

crane on barge

I kept looking for fish, but was disappointed. I guess I’m spoiled by the clarity of the water and the variety of fish in Honolulu Harbor.

All in all, a very lovely day!

sunset through rigging

view over bay

A special mahalo to Brad H. and Dr. Ray Ashley.


I had written a summary of what I did on board the Falls on Saturday. I read it and decided I was rambling and sounding self-important. So, here’s the short version: Scrubbing, whipping, coiling, and sweeping.

The starboard side of the fo’c’sle, post-sweeping:

starboard side of fo'c'sle

Oops…I missed some spots.


This morning, I went down to the harbor for a little while to take some photos of the schooner Tara. Here she is approaching Pier 9 with a pilot boat (hi Paul!) alongside:

Tara and pilot boat

Research Schooner Tara

According to the DOT Harbors schedule, the French research schooner Tara will be arriving on Sunday.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have always been interested in accounts of exploration and scientists at sea. It’s always nice to learn about current marine expeditions.

For more information about Tara and her mission: Tara Oceans

In the morning - Tara Oceans
Photo by A. Deniaud from the Tara Oceans gallery