Towse: views from the hill

September 7, 2011

Sunrise this morning. A surprise visitor.

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , , , — Towse @ 5:11 pm

The first photo is a sunrise image on a perfect day with Mount Diablo in the background. A flash of something white to my left distracted me and I discovered the Sea Princess had snuck in overnight. Perfect day for our visitors, who will be leaving on the evening tide. Last photograph shows the ship an hour or so later.

February 11, 2011

Carnival Splendor now docked at P35

Filed under: news,photographs,ships — Tags: , , — Towse @ 4:11 pm

The Carnival Splendor, she of the ill-fated Mexican cruise last fall, has been in dry-dock at P70 since 31Jan for needed engine repairs.

Three weeks and $8-$9m later, the repairs appear to be complete as the ship moved from P70 to P35 today for final work before it heads off on its next cruise.

Congrats to the folks at BAE Systems for finishing the huge project.

Carnival Splendor out of drydock at P70

October 6, 2010

Busy day on the Bay

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , , — Towse @ 4:42 pm

Busy day in front of our perch. Traffic jam on the Bay: the usual ferries and sailboats plus the Rocket Boat and container ships AND the ISLAND PRINCESS docked this morning at P27. The USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD8) came in to P30/32 with a fireboat splashing a welcoming spray. The ISLAND PRINCESS and the NORWEGIAN STAR (P35)  have now gone with the tides. More US Navy and Canadian Navy ships expected in port soon for Fleet Week.

September 28, 2010

October 6th! A celebration!

Can you see this?

Can you see what I'm seeing?

Now can you see what I'm seeing?

Found on the Port site — when I was checking to see what line sailed the Zuiderdam, currently docked at P27, down the hill — was this announcement:

San Francisco will celebrate the inaugural connection of a cruise ship to shoreside electrical power on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 11:00 AM, at Pier 27.

Please mark your calendars.

… which means that cruise ships docked at P27 will no longer have to keep their engines running, and spewing crap into our air, to have electricity while they’re in port. Hooray!

(The Zuiderdam, for those interested, is a Holland America Line ship.)

May 18, 2010

The General John Pope leaves for Texas

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , — Towse @ 3:56 pm

This is the General John Pope, “the very last troopship to sail from San Francisco,” as Carl Nolte (may he write for years to come) wrote in his Sunday column earlier this month.

In Texas, the ship will be scrapped. And there goes a bit of history.

The General John Pope

May 9, 2010

The Kaiwo Maru sets sail.

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , , — Towse @ 5:15 pm
The Kaiwo Maru

Cadets in the rigging

The Kaiwo Maru

Rising Sun flying

SFFD boat

Ceremonial farewell from one of the SFFD fireboats

The Kaiwo Maru

Next stop, Honolulu.

May 6, 2010

Busy times at Pier 27

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , , — Towse @ 12:43 pm

The Kaiwo Maru arrived yesterday and will be moored at P27 until Sunday.

Kaiwo Maru - Japanese four-masted barque

Looks pretty all lit up at night.

Kaiwo Maru

Kaiwo Maru as sun sets

Earlier in the week the Golden Bear  was here overnight for “a California Maritime Academy alumni reception.” Ah, those receptions. …

California Bear arrives with the tidal bore. 02 May 2010

And for a couple days before that   the F/V Frosti   was moored at P27. Current task, roaming from San Francisco to San Diego surveying sardines for CalCOFI.

F/V Frosti

All-in-all a very busy time for the pier.

February 16, 2010

The fog burns off … a rust bucket appears

Filed under: photographs,ships — Tags: , , — Towse @ 8:40 pm

The fog was burning off this morning, after a morning much like the ones we’ve been having lately. If it’s not raining, it is =really= foggy in the morning and then the fog burns off and around 11A or noon we are left with a sunshiney blue day.

I was taking photos of the fog burning off … the Ferry Building. … 10:31A


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The SFO Bay Bridge. … 10:49A


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About an hour later, the fog was mostly gone and one of the old military ships from the mothball fleet in Suisun Bay, near Vallejo, appeared, dragged fore, with two tugs tailing aft, headed to have its barnacles and paint scraped before it’s hauled away to be scrapped.

Rust bucket. 11:42A


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February 7, 2010

Cheers, to our Canadian visitors. Bon voyage!

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February 1, 2010

Lucky ship …

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Horizon Falcon at the end of the rainbow. [26 Jan 2010]

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