Happy Day!

With the sun comes another opportunity. And a much better one, at that!

I found out that Valrossa was leaving this morning, rather than last night. So, I got my photos after all.

Valrossa

Valrossa bow

Valrossa stern

I was surprised to see the new pilot boat, Puakea, in use. She’s cute!

Puakea

Marine debris being collected:

collecting marine debris

Fishing boat St. Damien:

St Damien

The water in the harbor was back to its normal, calm state.

Here is the wall at the end of Pier 7 for comparison with the photo from Saturday:

back to normal

Part of Kulamanu’s boat is now in the water:

boat needs help

How long before it breaks loose and becomes a hazard?

Niolo with barge Noa:

Niolo with Noa

One of these tugs does not belong:

one does not belong

It’s Noke:

Noke with Horizon Enterprise

Pi‘ilani at the stern of Horizon Enterprise:

Piilani with Horizon Enterprise

Horizon Enterprise headed to the Horizon Lines terminal:

Horizon Enterprise stern

American Emerald’s hull and bumper detail:

American Emerald hull and bumper detail

Nunui’s deck:

Nunui deck

Life AFOC*

I miss the ship. :(

Is there life for me at the harbor away from the iron world? We shall see.

In the meantime, here are some images from November 9.

Car carrier, Genuine Ace heading out:

Genuine Ace

Passing by tanker Polar Resolution:

Polar Resolution and Genuine Ace

Pi‘ilani:

Pi‘ilani

Hull texture!

Genuine Ace hull

Alongside Genuine Ace waiting for the pilot:

alongside Genuine Ace

Maunalei backing toward the pier:

Maunalei

Sikuliaq shifting to a different pier:

Sikuliaq shifting

Manoa:

Manoa

Looking at the Sand Island bridge as the sun goes down:

Sand Island bridge at sunset

Tanker Valrossa and Horizon cranes:

Valrossa and Horizon cranes

Polar Resolution moving out away from the pier:

Polar Resolution depart at sunset

Pi‘ilani at the stern:

Polar Resolution departure

Ladder set up on the starboard side. Uh…a bit short there!

Polar Resolution ladder set up

Not the best or most exciting photo, but here are some ruddy turnstones on one of the buoys marking the harbor channel:

ruddy turnstones on buoy

Mahalo to Captains Baker, Enos, and Collins. Special thanks as always to Paul.

*After Falls of Clyde

San Francisco (Tuesday, August 12) – Last Day

The last day of my vacation arrived all too soon. My flight home was early in the afternoon, so I had some time to kill.

Morning light on the Golden Gate Bridge:

morning light on Golden Gate bridge

A series of gull photos:

gulls on the beach

gull walking away

gull portrait

gull marine debris

More ship spotting…

CMA CGM Centaurus:

CMA CGM Centaurus

Pichincha, which arrived the same day I did, heading out to sea:

Pichincha

Interesting that the US Army Corps of Engineers has boats.

John AB Dillard, Jr:

John AB Dillard Jr

Hanjin Hamburg:

Hanjin Hamburg

Fishing boat Mya Nicole with hopeful seagulls:

Mya Nicole

What not to eat:

fish sign

Great blue heron:

great blue heron

Eppleton Hall:

Eppleton Hall

Ferry arch at Pier 43:

ferry arch pier 43

Tracks leading up to the arch:

tracks at pier 43

Jeremiah O’Brien:

Jeremiah O'Brien

Piles at Pier 41:

piles pier 41 2

piles pier 41 1

Sticker art:

stickers pier 41

Pilot boat Golden Gate:

pilot boat Golden Gate

I stopped by the Musée Méchanique. It’s a coin operated arcade full of a lot of antique machines. Fascinating, but also a bit creepy at times.

Here’s one machine with a maritime theme, which invites you to “Laugh with Jolly Jack”:

Jolly Jack

Jolly Jack detail

More sticker art:

diesel

Time ball at the SFMNHP Visitor Center:

time ball

I wish I could have wandered around a bit more, but it was time to say goodbye and head off to the airport.