Towse: views from the hill

January 25, 2011

And the sun shines on the Bay.

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When the lights go down in the City.
And the sun shines on the Bay.
Do I want to be there in my city?

Journey: Lights

Setting sun reflected on Oakland/Berkeley windows. 23Jan2011.

October 6, 2010

Busy day on the Bay

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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.

October 5, 2010

Waning crescent moon. The Bay before dawn. 5:30 a.m.

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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.)

June 12, 2010

Saturday morning.

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Fresh wind rippled the bay. Coast Guard station on Yerba Buena Island. Mount Diablo in the background.

Sail boat

Sail boat. Saturday morning.

May 9, 2010

The Kaiwo Maru sets sail.

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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

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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.

August 2, 2009

Setting sun and fog on the east bay

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August 1, 2009

Dragon Boats Were Out In Force This Morning

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July 30, 2009

Tugs helping APL container ship into port this AM.

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The engine(s) don’t seem to be working. Tugs are guiding the ship into the Port of Oakland.

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