Archive for the ‘vessels’ Category

Sand Boat Instagram, Rodeo Beach 94941

Monday, November 14th, 2016

CF4804HT betwixt Rodeo Lagoon and Rodeo Cove:

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Paging Mr. Herman: A Fully Operational James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The newish James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 – it was either this or another Pier 39-type operation. Anyway, this is the first I’ve ever really seen this glassy building up there in the Tourist District.  I doubt I’ll ever go there myself:

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And here’s Ruby Princess berthed at Pier 27 in front of Frisco’s third big bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael. That’s Red Rock Island in the middle there. It’s for sale. It’s always for sale:

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And on the left is the JC, which is shut down now, but will open again, they say.

It’s always opening soon…

Frisco’s Busy Port: Grand Princess at Pier 27 and Star Princess at Pier 35

Monday, October 17th, 2016

I’ve never seen two cruise ships together thusly, but I guess this kind of thing happens from time to time:

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If Scrappy ROCKETBOAT were a Person, He’d be Sammy Hagar – Put This Ride on Your Bucket List

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

What’s this?

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It’s Rocketboat! Doing donuts on the water, as it is wont to do

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Rocketboat! Rocketboat! Rocketboat!

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Kicking a little sand in the base of the Echo Tower of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge:

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And now, cleverly, Rocketboat sneaks up on Delta Tower in the shadow of the roadbed:

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And then, some more donuts:

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And here are some shots of Rocketboat from back in the aughts:

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See them here. (I guess RB is red at the front and back and that fades to orange on the sides.)

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Someday, I’ll ride you, Rocketboat.

Someday.

Secretary of the Navy Visits Treasure Island Today to Name New Ship “USNS Harvey Milk” – Live on Facebook

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Via San Francisco FYI net:

“USNS Harvey Milk Naming Ceremony by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
When:  August 16, 2016 – Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Treasure Island Great Lawn, San Francisco
What:  Join the Secretary of the Navy, the Harvey Milk Foundation, Federal Elected Officials and Harvey’s family and friends for an historic ship naming ceremony.
Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Ed Lee,
San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus
Reception to follow with remarks from CA Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins,
San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer, SUNY Albany  President Robert Jones.”

Don’t know what the influential Harvey Milk Club thinks of this, but anyway, this is our Navy’s thing these days:

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All the deets.

In July 2016, US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus advised Congress that he intended to name the Military Sealift Command‘s John Lewis-class oilers after prominent civil rights activists and leaders:

Three Iconic Vessels on Frisco Bay: Lil’ Yellow Water Taxi, RocketBoat! and USA76, a Reminder of Our Failed America’s Cup

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Here we go:

Lil’ Water Taxi

RocketBoat! (Cue music! DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC? I SAID, “DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC?!” It’s a rocket on the water! It’s ROCKETBOAT!)

USA76 (which Donald Trump would call “a loser.” Sad!)

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They’re all in there. Which do you choose?

See you on the water!

“Pride of America” is Anything But: Pier 70 Drydock Fixing a Cruise Ship That was “Made in America” Yet Not

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Project America is more of a threat to us than Projekt Amerika ever was.

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This vessel is a kind of Bridge to Nowhere, Hawaii-style…

Pride of America is scheduled to enter a 14-day dry dock period in February 2016, at the BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair facility. Normally, the ship uses facilities in Pearl Harbor, but these were already fully booked.[9] Described as “its first major refresh since the ship launched in 2005”, the ship is due to receive improvements or renovations in the spa, passenger cabins, restaurants, and also to receive the addition of a wedding chapel.[10]

Pier 80 is Now Known for Being a Homeless Shelter, But 5 Years Ago, It Was Home to This SCUD Launcher – THAAD, North Korea and Us

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

This was the view we had of Dogpatch / Pier 80 a few years back:

Basically, that’s an old Marine Corps junior aircraft carrier that would get towed annually to Kauai, Hawaii to launch SCUD-like missiles for testing of Lockheed Martin’s now-famous THAAD missile defense system.

And here’s the news of the day, in early 2016:

China warns South Korea that deploying THAAD missile system would trigger a Cold War-like arms race

Yeah, maybe. Is THAAD a good idea for the Korean Peninsula? I have no idea. But, this is recent Bay Area military history, which there’s not too much of these days.

I’d wondered about this vessel since I first noticed it back in aught-seven. Read all about it:

From 2013:

1. Here’s the news of the day:

Anti-missile systems sent to Guam to counter North Korean threat

2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

3. THAAD was developed using the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship that’s basically a mini aircraft carrier.

4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.

That’s the connection.

That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.

(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)

All the deets:

“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008.[1] As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”

 

From 2010:

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill.

Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

And from 2008:

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

TAHOE vs. TAH-OE: It Really Makes You Think

Monday, January 25th, 2016

I’ll have to look into this.

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I’m srsly – I don’t know the point this boat owner is making. I’m ignorant is what I’m saying.

I’ll update after I’ve Figured Things Out…

Not a Sport: “AMERICA’S CUP TEAMS VOTE TO DOWNSIZE BOATS” – Let’$ Hope This “Gentlemen’s Match” Never Come$ Back to Fri$co

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Well here’s the news:

AMERICA’S CUP TEAMS VOTE TO DOWNSIZE BOATS

See how that works? Our local, corrupt, Larry Ellison cheerleaders of the pre-2013 era praised the new big boats – they were going to Change Everything.

But things turned out deadly, and poorly for San Francisco.

And now, even Chuck Nevius, who saw “no downside” to granting 99-year leases to Larry Ellison, is against the AC.

So that’s good, but there’s always the threat of the 2020 Cup or whatever coming back, right? So let’s check in on how things are going in Bermuda these days:

America’s Cup teams have voted to reduce the size of boats to be sailed in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda, a cost-cutting move that could lead to the two strongest challengers dropping out.

So Larry Ellison gets to have his fun and increase his already-high chances of winning (defenders win 90-something percent of the time, historically) a game where he sets the rules.

And while smaller boats would mean reduced costs and a smaller crew, they could also mean less excitement for spectators. The 48-foot (14.65 meter) catamarans will be the smallest boats in America’s Cup history and aren’t that much bigger than other one-design classes sailed in less-prestigious regattas.

Oh, OK. So what was the deadly accident in 2013* for then? Mmm…

And here’s the purpose:

If Italy and New Zealand drop out, Oracle Team USA would conceivably have an easier shot at retaining the Auld Mug trophy.

Oh, and speaking of Frisco’s 2013 America’s Cup:

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Yep. That was our local “Wind God’s” scandal. He wants praise for his management, but he doesn’t want any criticism for his mismanagement, oh well.

And this is what I mean when I say that the America’s Cup isn’t a sport:

America’s Cup czar Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who heads both Oracle Team USA and the America’s Cup Event Authority, has verbally sparred with both the Kiwis and Italians in recent years.

Of course, CWNevius had just moved to town back in aught-ten when he started heedlessly / needlessly waving his pom-poms for what he called a “gigantic, global sporting event.”

But it aint no sport, and it aint gigantic. It’s just a match race betwixt Gentlemen, with the rules made by Larry Ellison, for his amusement.

And then he’ll try to send the bill to us, if we let him.

Anyway, as even Chuck Nevius might admit, in hindsight, you know, after it was too late, the vaunted boats were too big, and the whole thing was too expensive, for us. Let’s hope we never see Lil’ Larry’s boat race ever again…

*I suppose there was an investigation, of sorts. But in other countries where AC teams come from, there would have been charges of omicidio colposo or homicide involontaire, non?