The day started off with rain, which was fine because I had planned to do work on the tween deck.

When it rains, I always check to see where the leaks are and place buckets where needed.

dark water in bucket

During a break in the rain, I did my walk around the ship.

I was sad to see that the varnish needs tending to and I guess we (I) also have to do some weeding:

weed needs work

All seemed well, so I went below to start on my project for the day.

The patient (or victim):

the patient

Last year, during the photo survey project, we had trouble with one of the submersible pumps…don’t know if it was this one or its twin. I watched Brush open it up, clean it, and get it working again. He stressed being able to take things apart and do basic troubleshooting.

Okay, I think I can do this.

First thing I noticed, there was a crack in the power cord cover, which exposed the wiring within. Worrying. I taped it up with electrical tape for the time being.

I moved the pump on to a workbench, so I could get a better look at the bottom.

bottom of pump

Hm. Need socket wrench to loosen the bolts. No problem. We have a bunch, right?

lots of sockets but not the one needed

To my chagrin, the sockets were all too large. I found a T-handle wrench, but it was too small. Argh!

Well, so much for taking apart the pump. I dawdled about for a bit, then decided to leave.

Seems there’s a rat problem on the pier. Here’s one of the rat bait stations that have appeared:

rat control

Experimenting with an app:

experimenting with app

The research vessel Falkor, was at Pier 9:


One of Falkor’s rat guards:

Falkor rat guard

First time I’ve seen a QR code on a ship:

QR code

Celebrity Millennium’s rat guards:

Celebrity Millennium rat guards 1

Celebrity Millennium rat guards 2

Noticed this sign at Pier 10/11, which I think is fairly new:

new sign

Tires at Pier 13:


Once I got home, I checked a socket wrench set that belonged to my dad. I think this will do the trick:

this set will do


Steady Progress

Ready to start the day.

ready to start the day


It’s good to have a break from sanding and varnishing:

time for new old shoes

Sat on the deck to take care of a worn line near the bowsprit. A small task, but makes the ship look a little bit more tidy.


Not much going on in the harbor.

Cars on Manoa:


Lobe coral (Porites lobata) off the end of Pier 7. The channel-like features are made by a type of snapping shrimp (Alpheus deuteropus), commonly known as the petroglyph shrimp.

lobe coral

Looks Like Rain…

The morning started off nicely enough. The sun was out. The harbor water was clear and calm.

clear and calm water

Sanding, but no varnishing due to the threat of rain. Bummer.

sanding port side

Paul’s been busy…new box!

new box

Matson’s Mokihana turned (complete with blast from her horn) just off of FOC’s stern. I had a good view from the poop deck:

Mokihana turning

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have read about the opportunity I had to go aboard Mokihana with Captain Ed Enos and of the aloha that Mokihana’s Captain Jim Hill has for FOC. Captain Enos was the pilot on Mokihana today and confirmed that the horn was for FOC. 🙂 Thank you, Captain Hill!



MELL Sudong leaving the harbor:

MELL Sudong

Oops. Where did the sun go? I really should read the weather report.

port side view

Rather sickly, tri-color sky:

tri-color sky

Aside from a few brief, light showers, the rain held off. I should have applied the varnish…

And Again!

Today was another nice day at the harbor, sunny but not too hot. Guess what I did?


varnish one side

It does make a difference! It’s nice to see the old girl with a bit of spit and polish.

difference visible

starboard side from pier

Yeah, I know…yawn. Enough of that.

Tug of the day, Nakoa:


I decided to take a walk toward Pier 4.

Tanker Overseas Samar:

Overseas Samar

Aside from the obvious “No Smoking,” tankers seem to have messages painted below the bridge. (Hmm…a new collection of photos?) The most common one is “Safety First.” Some of the other Overseas tankers say “Protect the Environment.” The message on Overseas Samar is “Do It Right.”

I’ve noticed some sea grape seeds on FOC’s deck lately. Here are a lot of them on the ground beneath a tree:

sea grape fruit

Seaweed growing on one of Ali‘i Kai’s lines:

seaweed on Ali‘i Kai line

Kolea jumping over a mooring line (the same one as above):

kolea jump

Not jumping, but still not pleased to have its picture taken:

kolea standing

A collector urchin (Tripneustes gratilla) and its unadorned friend:

collector urchin

A NOAA police boat:

NOAA police boat

Back near Pier 7, a moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) / kihikihi:

moorish idol

“It’s Not Your Grandma’s Piano…”

Yesterday started off with a visit from the pilot boat. At first I thought it was Paul, but it wasn’t.

pilot boat by FOC

Paul did arrive at the ship a little bit later to do more work on the pump system:

more work on pump system

While the wood bits on the ship are not pieces of fine furniture, it’s easy to get obsessive about sanding and varnishing. I’m not an expert, but I try to do the best I can within reason.

More sanding:


Before and after sanding and cleaning:

before and after

Yes, the deck itself is in poor condition, but there’s not much I can do about that.

View aft:

view aft

Unfortunately, the shipping schedule wasn’t posted, so I was caught off guard by Horizon Pacific:

Horizon Pacific passing by

I dashed off the ship and on to the pier to get some pics.

Mikioi at the stern:


Leaving the harbor:

Horizon Pacific

Umesato at Pier 8:


After leaving FOC for the day, I went to have a closer look to see if Umesato had any things I could add to my collection (idea source) of rat guard and chafing gear photos.

Strong, but ugly plastic chafing gear:

Umesato chafing gear

Worn line and worn mat:

Umesato mat and worn line

Rat guard:

Umesato rat guard

More chafing gear:

Umesato hull chafing gear

(Sun) Settsu:

Sanding More Stuff

More about last Saturday’s work on the ship…

I felt energized, so I decided to do some sanding:


Goodbye old, yellow, flakey varnish and dirt!

In progress:

before and after

Left: Long-term neglect. Middle: Sanded but not yet cleaned. Right: Sanded, cleaned, and varnished.

A long, but good day.


As I was leaving the ship, it was pointed out to me that there were two young boys climbing and standing on the mooring lines that lead from the port side of the ship to the street. Great, just great.

I walked over and asked the gentleman who was standing nearby if they were his children. He said that they were and that he was watching them. I asked him (nicely) to have them get off the lines. His reply: “They are just having some fun.” Uh, yeah. How much fun would it be if they fell off and cracked their heads on the sidewalk? There are sturdy, yellow barricades on both sides of the lines. Doesn’t that tell you something?

A few additional harbor scenes…

Someone lost a snack on the lower part of the wall facing the bow of the ship:

lost snack

Tanker Hai Soon 39:

Hai Soon 39

Walking to West Marine to meet up with a friend, I came across this section of missing fence:

fence gone

Wonder how that happened?