Morning at the Harbor and Kaiwo Maru

I went down to the harbor to watch the arrival of Kaiwo Maru.

Workers repairing Pier 8:

fixing the pier

Naina headed out:

Naina

The observation area of Aloha Tower provides good views.

Matsonia and Mokihana:

Matsonia and Mokihana

American Challenger:

American Challenger

Kaiwo Maru approaching the harbor, with pilot boat Honolulu returning and tug Mamo waiting:

Kaiwo Maru approaching

Kaiwo Maru with Mamo at the bow:

Kaiwo Maru and Mamo

Approaching Pier 10/11:

Kaiwo Maru to Pier 10

Standing by forward:

standing by

ASD Neil Abercrombie (Tiger 1) at the stern:

Tiger 1 at Kaiwo Maru stern

Job done:

Tiger 1 Abercrombie

Traditional gear, Shonan Maru:

Shonan Maru chafing gear

Out of the blue, I was offered the opportunity to go aboard Kaiwo Maru in the evening! Some photos follow.

Double wheel at the stern:

Kaiwo Maru stern wheel

View forward from the bridge:

view from bridge of Kaiwo Maru

Looking aft along the port side:

view along port side Kaiwo Maru

The obligatory rigging shot:

rigging

Capstan detail:

Kaiwo Maru capstan

Pin rail:

pin rail

Classroom area:

classroom area

Sails stowed down below:

Kaiwo Maru sails stored below

Gangway:

Kaiwo Maru gangway

Goodnight!

Big mahalo to Monique Acosta from Transmarine for the invite! I had a wonderful time on board the ship.

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Peking

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:

hatch

Part of the crew accommodations:

crew area

skylight

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:

foremast

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

Billethead:

billethead

Peking

Waiting for the Dawn and an Ending

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:

13 06.09 PSI lg drydock 01 sm

Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:

Kapilipono down

I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.

Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:

Tosakaien Maru Hokuho Maru

The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s Ruby Princess:

Ruby Princess

Not the greatest photo, but here comes the sun (and I say it’s all right):

sunrise

Tying up Ruby Princess at Pier 10/11:

shore gang mooring lines

Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):

Tosakaien Maru bow

Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:

getting the shot from Ruby Princess

View down the channel:

morning light

After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.

Passing the Matson gantry cranes:

passing by Matson gantry cranes

Manuokekai Kapilipono

Kapilipono

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:

Coast Guard boat

Mikioi on the port side:

Mikioi assisting

Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:

Capt Enos

Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:

Kapilipono Ruby Princess Aloha Tower

heading out of the harbor

Manuokekai ahead:

Manuokekai

Hoku Loa astern:

Hoku Loa

One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.

Aloha, Kāpilipono:

towing out to sea

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:

Miyagi Maru

Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:

Kwai stern detail

Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:

Haleakala

Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:

Ocean Pathfinder

Ice for the fishing boats:

ice for fishing boats

Literally, a cool job.

Moving containers:

moving containers

containers on barge

Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.

At the Harbor on a Pleasant Day

I did a search of my photos and found that I didn’t have any pictures of Riasu Maru. So it was off to the harbor this morning…

Kokua with Haleakala:

Kokua Haleakala

After the terrible weather we’ve been having (and the tsunami scare), one would think there would be a work party on board Falls of Clyde checking on things and taking advantage of the nice weather. I guess not. Sadly, I’m not surprised. It’s freaking depressing. Poor girl…slowly dying from neglect.

Falls of Clyde

She’s also listing slightly to port and is a little bit down by the stern. Does anyone care? Hello Friends of Falls of Clyde?

Riasu Maru approaching Pier 9:

Riasu Maru

Throwing a heaving line:

heaving line

The pilot on board Riasu Maru, Captain Sinclair Brown:

Captain Brown

Returning a heaving line:

returning heaving line

I had a nice chat with this gentleman. He used to be an agent and was just helping out this morning. As usual, I wasn’t thinking and neglected to get his name.

Hoku Loa and what looks like a submarine in the distance:

Hoku Loa

Captain Brown heading off on Kawika:

Kawika

Kaiwo Maru Departure

More photos of Kaiwo Maru!

Pi‘ilani arriving at the stern of the ship (check out the new paint job):

Pi‘ilani

Pilot boat Honolulu next to Pi‘ilani, chatting while waiting:

waiting

Hello again Captain Kahoekapu!

Captain Kahoekapu

Pulling the ship away from the pier:

Kaiwo Maru away from pier

Manning the yards:

Kaiwo Maru yards manned

Passing Ile de Sein:

Kaiwo Maru passing Ile de Sein

Mikioi at the bow:

Mikioi

Mikioi and Kaiwo Maru

Setting up the pilot ladder:

setting up the pilot ladder

View from Honolulu along Kaiwo Maru’s hull:

view from Honolulu

Another lovely day!

Mahalo to Captain Tom Collins and Captain Fikes Mauia! Special thanks to Paul.

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.

Busy Sunny Sunday

There was a lot of ship traffic in the harbor today. The weather was brilliant, so it was a great day to get some nice shots.

Just before sunrise:

dawn at the harbor

Nippon Maru shifting to Pier 2:

Nippon Maru shifting

A lovely sight! All of the yards perfectly square:

Nippon Maru stern view

Pi‘ilani and Mamo assisting:

Pi‘ilani and Mamo pushing

Pi‘ilani

Mamo

There’s just something about the morning light shining on a mast silhouetted against the sky…

morning light on mast and yards

Not as pretty as Nippon Maru, but with an appropriate name for her time of arrival, Sunlight Ace:

Sunlight Ace

Nord Steady:

Nord Steady

Nord Steady bow

Working on pilot ladder:

dealing with pilot ladder

B. Ace getting the engines going:

get the engines going

Some sort of drill with water hoses?

drill with hose

B. Sky shifting to Pier 1:

B Sky

B. Ace:

B Ace

MELL Springwood:

MELL Springwood

MELL Springwood bow

No doubt where a tug should push:

tug

Nord Optimiser (previously anchored offshore):

Nord Optimiser

Pi‘ilani pushing:

Pi‘ilani Nord Optimiser

Loud rattling + splash = Maui testing to see if the port anchor and associated gear are functioning properly

Maui anchor dropped cloud of rust

Ha ha! Love the cloud of rust.