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:
Lights… Henry Sr., Mumbai, and Mokihana:
I had intended to swing by the SUP building (having passed it while a passenger in my friend’s car) first thing in the morning to get a closer look at it. A late start and a glance at MarineTraffic.com squashed that idea.
Ooo Manoa arrival! Time to make my way back to the waterfront. (Yes, I am a sad ship geek.)
I found the solar powered MUNI bus stop shelters fascinating:
We need stuff like this here in Hawai‘i.
I got off the bus and waited for a cable car.
One going in the opposite direction from where I wanted to go:
I know. Touristy. But, hey, it’s fun!
Across the street from Hyde Street Pier:
Sadly, the Park store is no longer there in the building on the corner. I remember happily stocking up on nautical books when I visited while it was still open. It’s a shame, really.
I’m so used to seeing her in Honolulu Harbor, it’s nice to see her in San Francisco Bay for a change. (It’s that perspective thing.)
I had quite a bit of time before my 1300 appointment at the Research Center, so I lingered to do more ship spotting.
Seal (as opposed to sea lion) spotting:
On the way to get something to eat, I stopped at the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building to see if there was anything new. On the street level, some things had been moved around. There was also an exhibit on the history of the U.S. Customs Service.
The upper floor was still sadly underutilized. Apart from the radio exhibit, there was only a display of some photos related to the America’s Cup (not my cup of tea).
After lunch, it was a short and pleasant walk over to Fort Mason, for the “work” part of my trip. I went to check out what FOC materials the NPS has. I must say the three hours I was there went by all too quickly.
One of the reference photos (not the greatest because of my shadow) I was allowed to take with the fancy phone:
Building E at the Fort Mason complex:
The stern of the brigantine Galilee in the parking lot area:
After leaving Fort Mason, I went back to Hyde Street Pier.
Crane for the work being done on the pier:
Shhhhhhhh…One of the highlights of my vacation was being allowed to go aboard Eppleton Hall or “Eppie,” as she is fondly called.
The familiar-looking details were strangely comforting.
CA Thayer (ongoing work):
Another shot showing repairs (doubler plates) to the hull:
While other people were at the beach or the park for the 4th of July holiday, I was at the harbor. Yeah, ship nerd with no life. :P
It’s a good thing that I checked the schedule when I woke up, as things had changed. I would have been very sad had I arrived at the harbor at the time I had originally planned to.
I made it just in time to catch Horizon Reliance (a rare daytime opportunity):
Mamo at the bow:
Mikioi at the stern:
Leaving the harbor:
Not the best photo of Clipper Skagen, but I like the view of the Wai‘anae range in the background:
USCGC Rush dressed for the holiday:
A trio (parents and youngster?) of fairy terns soaring gracefully over the water:
Mamo and Mikioi heading out to the next job (tanker Morning Haruka in the distance):
Morning Haruka at the Horizon terminal:
Longshoremen taking care of things on the pier:
Attempting to set up the rat guards:
It was rather gusty so he couldn’t get them in place on the lines. He ended up just leaving them hanging loose.
Captain Al Dorflinger boarding the pilot boat:
On to another tanker, Jag Lalit:
Approaching the anchorage (D):
Different view of the bow:
Captain Sinclair Brown disembarking:
A hearty thanks to all the mariners working during the holiday.
Mahalo to Paul and Captains Dorflinger and Brown.
Hanging around…but not frowning.
A quick look around the ship before heading to Pier 9 to get pics of USCGC Polar Star:
Earlier in the year, the icebreaker was asked to aid in operations to free the ice-bound ships Akademik Shokalskiy and Xue Long before conditions improved and they managed to free themselves.
Satsumaseiun Maru crew looking on:
Back on the ship, I spent part of the time tidying up the fo’c’sle.
There was dirt and debris from the fo’c’sle head plywood project that hadn’t been cleaned up. :(
Like the muck in the waterways, it was bothering me.
Soooo…I took care of it:
As usual, there was the temptation to have a closer look at things in the area.
One of the port hawseholes:
Got some different views of things by sticking my fancy phone out through the hawsehole.
Bottom edge of trailboard with the part of the “D” and the “E” in “Clyde”:
Part of the hull and the towing cable:
After measuring the ullages, I was ready to go, but it started raining. I decided to stay on the pier and wait until the rain abated a bit.
Mokihana was turning off of Pier 7.
Rain water pouring from a scupper:
(The pic looks grainy because of the rain.)
Mokihana’s stern looking rather ghostly as she headed out of the harbor, and a fishing boat, less so:
The rain eventually stopped and it was time to go.
More time on the pilot boat!
On the way out of the harbor, the Coast Guard working on a buoy:
Captain Ed Enos getting ready to go aboard Coral Bay:
Mega yacht Vava II
(Just a small fraction of what it cost to build this yacht would be nice to help FOC.)
Coral Bay at the pier:
Coral Bay rat guards:
Hachinohe Maru, a wood chip ship:
Thanks to Captain Ed Enos!
I bought more baubles for the ship:
I found something new on the deck. A maraschino cherry + ants!
(No, it wasn’t from our party.)
The Coast Guard folks were doing some sort of drill:
Some of the additional baubles on the poop deck rail.
(Yeah, the varnish needs work.)
Having nearly slipped down the gangway on a couple of occasions, I was happy to help put on the non-skid material:
At the end of the pier, a beautiful electric blue…something. Omilu, I think?
Spot the crocodile needlefish:
Anole peeking out from a capstan on the pier:
Structure at Pier 19…home of the whale buses:
I asked if I could tag along with Paul on the pilot boat.
Here’s Paul on board Honolulu:
Passing by USCGC Polar Star, an icebreaker:
I’ve been testing out the fancy phone camera. It’s certainly handy, but the image quality can’t quite compare with the old Nikon.
Celebrity Century leaving:
Preparing the pilot ladder:
Pau for the evening:
Mahalo to Paul, Captain Barry Solywoda, and Captain Lenny Stenback.