Independence Seaport Museum – Part 2

After leaving the museum building, I walked over to where the submarine Becuna and the cruiser Olympia are berthed.


I don’t have a huge interest in submarines, but I still enjoyed walking through Becuna while trying to imagine what it must have been like to work and live in such confined spaces.

Torpedo tube:

torpedo tube

Abstract wires and tubes:

abstract parts

Note: Becuna is a Balao-class sub like Bowfin (Pearl Harbor) and Pampanito (San Francisco), which I’ve seen.

Standing on Becuna, looking forward:

standing on Becuna with Olympia

I took more photos on board Olympia (another ship that needs help). I’m not familiar with the ship, so please drop me a note if I’ve got something wrong.

Olympia 01

Attractive circular skylight:

Olympia skylight

Officers’ mess room:

Olympia mess room

Hatch and access ladder (off limits):

down below

Builder’s plate:

builder's plate Union Iron Works

Top of an engine:

Olympia engine

prevent wear



Union Iron Works on machinery:

part of ash hoist machinery

I was fascinated by the ash hoist:

ash hoist

Metal scuttlebutt:


Printing press for producing ship publications:

printing press



Looking along the deck toward a gun:


Captain’s quarters:

Olympia captain's quarters


San Francisco and Oakland (Sunday, August 10) – Lots of Cranes

A mellow day that started off in the Potrero Point area.

Sheila Ann:

Sheila Ann

USNS Wally Schirra in the BAE dry dock:

USNS Wally Schirra

Lihue laid up nearby:



crane 1

crane 2

Altered sign, should read “Public Shore”:

Pauly Shore

A former navy tug, Dekaury (YTB-178) between Piers 48 and 50:

tug Dekaury YTB-178 btwn P 48 50

Tug fenders on shore:

tug fenders

From there, it was over the bridge to Oakland.

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is located amidst Oakland’s container terminals. It has an odd industrial feel, sort of like Sand Island State Park. It’s also a ship spotter’s dream.

Looking toward Potrero Point (spot the dry dock and Lihue) from the park:

twds Potrero Point and Hill Dogpatch area

Distinctive skyline:

San Francisco

TraPac Terminal:

Oakland Cranes

Ben E. Nutter Terminal:

Oakland cranes 1

Oakland International Container Terminal:

Oakland cranes 2

NYK Atlas at the Oakland International Terminal with Matsonia just visible through the cranes at left:

Matsonia NYK Atlas

The park is also a designated wildlife area.



Unfortunately, there are a lot of Canada geese gathered in the park:

Canada goose

A lot of geese means a lot of geese poo. Ick.

Sticker art and donuts:

sticker art

(If you look at the Google Maps satellite view of the area, you can see the donuts more clearly.)

From the park, it was on to the Oakland Museum of California. It is a very nice museum that consists of three main galleries: Art, History, and Natural Science.

Joe at Oakland Museum

Marine debris display and activity area:

Oakland Museum marine debris exhibit 1

Oakland Museum marine debris exhibit 2

There was a lot to see, but not enough time! Well worth visiting again.

Another Humid Saturday

Another hot, uncomfortable day.

I arrived at the pier to find that the sign on the gate that had been threatening to fall, finally did (it was on my to-do list). Before I fixed it, I did my routine tasks on the ship.

My gate sign reattachment solution was similar to that of the gangway platform sign. Easy peasy!

Sign hanging upside down on the gate. One end of the line spliced:

sign fix me

Splicing the other end:

spliced on

The small, pre-punched holes in the corners of this type of sign are woefully inadequate and fail after a short while.

More holes punched in the sign.


Sign stitched on to the line:

sign up

Although I was sweating like I had just run a race (did I mention it was hot), it was quite relaxing to work on a simple project.

Now, if only someone would fix the gate…

(Hey, I can’t do it all!)

Unusual to see a US Army ship in the harbor. Here’s the USAV LTG William B. Bunker (LSV-4):

USAV LTG William B. Bunker

A better photo of the Robert C. Seamans than the one from last week:

Robert C Seamans

Parasail. Obviously.


(Note: Not an endorsement of this particular company.)

Maui offshore, headed to the harbor:

Maui offshore

good lighting + calm conditions = good shot

A photo by Rick Wilson of the pilot boat Honolulu passing along the starboard sides of tug Mikioi and Maui:

photo ©Rick Wilson used by permission

(Yes, I was on board.)

Tug of the day…Chinook, alongside Haleakala, ready to leave:

Chinook Haleakala

PSI’s large dry dock is empty:

PSI large dry dock

Akatsuki Maru

Akatsuki Maru

Among the interesting and enjoyable moments of Friday’s pau hana gathering were the ship-related discussions and stories.

A while back, I went on an evening excursion with a friend to Snug Harbor. We passed by a large catamaran. She was unusual, but I didn’t really think a lot about it at the time. As I learned on Friday, she has an interesting history. She is Kaimalino, a SWATH ship that was built in the 1970s by the US Navy.

Kaimalino at Snug Harbor:


Wonder if there are any plans for her?

Thanks to Captain Baker and Paul!

ETA: Symi finally left!

On Guard Again

I arrived at the harbor a bit earlier than usual. I went to take a look at Crystal Serenity, which was at Pier 10/11.

Rat guards:

Crystal Serenity rat guards

Tug of the day…Nene:


As I made my way to the ship, I noticed that a flag had been hoisted on the staff at the stern. Strange.

The alarm on the ship had been tripped a couple of times during the week, so I was alert to any signs of an intruder as I went aboard and did my inspection. There were some small things I noticed. Not good.

blustery day

On a positive note, more work was done on the pump system:

PVC mock up

Mock up of part of the discharge line:

discharge alignment

Emergency. A fire truck and ambulance appeared on Pier 8:

Fire Department

I refreshed the yellow paint marking holes in the steel of the tween deck:

marking holes

Before I left the ship for the day, I went up on the poop deck to lower the flag. I was rather miffed by what I saw:

flag fail

Lubberly. That’s the word that comes to mind.

The line was fastened to the base of the staff, wrapped around the small cleat next to the staff, and pulled to the forward part of the steering gear where it was tied to the shaft of the wheel.

Worst of all, there was no down haul! Argh!


I climbed up on a step ladder to try to pull it down with a boat hook, but I couldn’t reach it. Grr. Frustration. I thought about standing on the steering gear, but it was quite blustery and I was afraid I’d lose my balance and end up taking a dive into the harbor.

So…the flag is still stuck on the staff. I hope we don’t get complaints that we’re being disrespectful.

I walked to Chinatown, where Chinese New Year festivities were taking place.

As this is a maritime blog…

Colorful fish:


Rear Admiral Richard Williams and the Pacific Fleet Band took part in the parade down Hotel Street:

Rear Admiral Richard Williams

Pacific Fleet Band

bass drum Pacific Fleet Band

Aloha, Moctobi

I had read about the plans to scrap (ex-) USS Moctobi and her sister ship (ex-) USS Quapaw, but hadn’t heard much beyond that. I just asked a friend about them, and he confirmed that, sadly, they are no more. They were broken up at Mare Island Ship Yard in the middle of last year.

Another piece of the Falls of Clyde story, now gone. I’m glad I got to see Moctobi when I did.


In a wild, crazy dream I had, I saw Moctobi here in Hawai‘i with the Falls. That will never happen now.

Aloha, Moctobi. Mahalo for your service to your country and to the Falls.

Photo courtesy of the Friends of Falls of Clyde

Last Weekend Before Project Start Date

Work on the pumping system continued today. There are a couple of areas that require consultation with our naval architect, so they probably will have to wait until he arrives next week.

The morning started off with a bit of rain. This poor bee was caught out in the light showers:

bee on rail

I hope she eventually managed to dry out and fly away.

A nut dropped on the deck in front of me as I was standing by the aft hatch. When I looked up, either a house sparrow or house finch was sitting high up on one of the jigger stays. Mystery solved?

Mahimahi arriving:


One of USS Crommelin’s rat guards:

USS Crommelin rat guard

More Navy!

I happened to be at the harbor when the frigate, USS Crommelin, arrived this afternoon:

USS Crommelin


Another “Bender”! 😀 CIWS (ID thanks to Buck) detail:

CIWS detail


hauling on heaving line

I like the fancy work (a bit hard to see) on the staff:

fancy work

HMNZS Te Kaha rat guard:

Te Kaha rat guard

Cable laying ship Decisive:


I went to put some supplies on FOC and noticed that the bottom part of the stern draft mark pole has come loose again. 😦