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:

seagull

Stuyvesant, a dredger:

Stuyvesant

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

Ramps:

ferry ramps

Battery Maritime Building (historic ferry terminal):

Battery Maritime Building

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.

Checking Out Pacific Tracker and Other Things

Down at the harbor to watch Pacific Tracker depart from Pier 10.

Pilot arriving:

Kawika approaching

I was invited to ride along on the pilot boat for the job.🙂 We took a short spin around the harbor while waiting for the ship to unmoor.

Stern view of Kulamanu:

Kulamanu

Graphic on USCGC Kukui’s buoy crane:

Kukui detail

PSI’s larger dry dock, Kapilipono, still down:

PSI drydock down

Bridle chain marks on Hilo Bay:

Hilo Bay chain marks

The harbor water was a rather ugly brown color due to rainwater runoff:

brown water runoff

Tacoma Trader:

Tacoma Trader

The resident female ‘iwa:

iwa

Pacific Tracker:

Pacific Tracker

Pacific Tracker headed out

Pi‘ilani (Captain Schade):

Pi‘ilani

Mikioi:

Mikioi

Pi‘ilani at Pacific Tracker’s bow:

Pacific Tracker Pi‘ilani

Captain Tom Heberle disembarking:

Capt Heberle

Mahalo to Captain Heberle and Paul.🙂

From the Tower…Mostly Matson

Matsonia stuck at Pier 10 (better that than out at sea)…poor girl. I went to have a look at her.

Matsonia

Matsonia bow

Matsonia garage

Matsonia at Pier 10

Matsonia detail

It’s rare to see a Matson stack towering over Pier 10 these days.

There was quite a bit of traffic while I was up on Aloha Tower.

Mokihana leaving a little late:

Mokihana

Pi‘ilani:

Pi‘ilani

Mokihana leaving

Passing JRS Canis with Maui waiting off shore:

Maui JRS Canis and Mokihana

Mikioi Pi‘ilani Mokihana

Mikioi:

Mikioi

Honolulu:

Honolulu

Maui with Mokihana in the distance:

Maui Mikioi Mokihana Pi‘ilani

Maui

Maui turning

Nice to see the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau again (back from shipyard in the Bay Area):

Morgenthau and runway

USCGC Sherman with Jag Laxmi in the distance:

Sherman and Jag Laxmi

Kokua with Mauna Loa:

Kokua Mauna Loa

Mikiala II:

Mikiala II

Going to assist Moana Holo with Maka‘ala:

Mikiala II Moana Holo Maka'ala

Last…the dorms are close to becoming a reality.

soon to be dorms

Crazy.:\

(shakes head and walks away)

Break from Work

Things have been busy at work, so it was nice to be able to spend some time at the harbor.

Hello to the Coast Guard:

Coast Guard boats

Jurkalne arriving:

Jurkalne

Mikioi at work:

Mikioi

Atlantis vessels returning home.

Discovery:

Discovery

Huki Nui and sub:

Huki Nui and sub

Out and About

Having spent most of the week at home, I was happy to get out and do something.

Something = Go to Harbor

Coast Guard boat on patrol:

USCG boat

Noho Loa:

Noho Loa

Jost leaving:

Jost

Jost and Piilani

Hello Mamo!

hello Mamo

Mamo cranes

Pi‘ilani:

Piilani

Lights… Henry Sr., Mumbai, and Mokihana:

Henry Sr Mumbai Mokihana