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Have we reached the point that we prefer to demonize and make shit up about people rather than engage in a conversation? 

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Looks like a Mariner-class freighter, ex-Moore McCormack lines.  They were fast ships but fuel-guzzlers, which came out just as the 1973 oil crisis-price inflation hit.  So they didn't get to go 20 knots, for economy reasons.  Graceful-looking ships though, and perfect for government service since they can have that speed in reserve, and pass on the fuel bills to their "customers"--us.

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Thanks for that link. Very interesting read and a little encouraging given the level of Crazy in North Korea!

 

WL

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22 hours ago, nolatom said:

Looks like a Mariner-class freighter, ex-Moore McCormack lines.  They were fast ships but fuel-guzzlers, which came out just as the 1973 oil crisis-price inflation hit.  So they didn't get to go 20 knots, for economy reasons.  Graceful-looking ships though, and perfect for government service since they can have that speed in reserve, and pass on the fuel bills to their "customers"--us.

  True, but as picket-boats they will most of their time at minimal headway so the guzzling will be minimized. I suppose being fuel guzzlers they have large tanks...and that extends station-keeping ability. The ability to get on station quickly is an asset for this use too. The cost difference between using these ships to the purpose-built ones will buy a LOT of fuel...I imagine.  

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Interesting stuff IStream, thanks for the thread.

 

*small question for the group here*

Which direction is generally "downwind" of Pyongyang?  I'm wondering about who will be the greatest recipient of the large fallout from an upcoming nuclear blast.

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44 years old.

Damn - I remember when she was launched and they made movies about her.

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On 9/1/2017 at 6:07 PM, hobot said:

Interesting stuff IStream, thanks for the thread.

 

*small question for the group here*

Which direction is generally "downwind" of Pyongyang?  I'm wondering about who will be the greatest recipient of the large fallout from an upcoming nuclear blast.

Depends on the season, much of tbe year it would be Japan.

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On 7/21/2017 at 1:19 PM, IStream said:

Hey! They called that one ship a "steam-driven relic" !!!?!

Of course, they also said that the USS Tripoli "was struck by a mine" during the build-up to the Iraq war, which of course we know doesn't really happen. Mines just sit there, ship bump into them.

But that's quibbling (plus hurt feelings over the "relic" snark). Great article, thanks IS!

FB- Doug

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On 5/24/2019 at 3:09 PM, Steam Flyer said:

Hey! They called that one ship a "steam-driven relic" !!!?!

Of course, they also said that the USS Tripoli "was struck by a mine" during the build-up to the Iraq war, which of course we know doesn't really happen. Mines just sit there, ship bump into them.

But that's quibbling (plus hurt feelings over the "relic" snark). Great article, thanks IS!

FB- Doug

That was a tough boat. They built the hell out of them back then, presumably to withstand nukes.  Hit a mine, got a patch job, and was right back out there looking for more. Still deployed in the region a year later.  If the Titanic had been built like that boat I would have pitied the iceberg. 

 

 

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On 5/24/2019 at 9:53 AM, IStream said:

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) northbound from Naval Base Kitsap. She's the oldest carrier in the fleet but just came off a 10 month overhaul and is looking shiny. One F-18 visible on deck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nimitz

The F-18 is a non flying "hulk" that is used for aircraft handling and firefighting drills.

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12 hours ago, Great White said:

The F-18 is a non flying "hulk" that is used for aircraft handling and firefighting drills.

Thanks.

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1 hour ago, IStream said:

M/V Pacific Collector southbound in Puget Sound, possibly for the Naval Shipyard at Bremerton.

https://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/these-are-the-little-known-ships-that-make-missile-defe-1594677657

According to the AIS tracker, this ship is moored at Pier 90. Rarely do ships like this come into Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

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On 5/24/2019 at 9:53 AM, IStream said:

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) northbound from Naval Base Kitsap. She's the oldest carrier in the fleet but just came off a 10 month overhaul and is looking shiny. One F-18 visible on deck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nimitz

Nimitz was Southbound today at a very lazy pace. No visible bow wave and I'd estimate her to be going 6-8kts.

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Driving barge in the North Sound, I'm sure glad they stay down in yer neck of the woods! 

;)

 

WL

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How far do they go out on the surface?

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At least out to the end of the Strait. Seen them out there with their escort. Someone told me they are required to pass a certain point for the Spy Satellite to photo them, then they submerge and go a random direction for a while before assuming the patrol.   

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On 8/3/2019 at 8:18 AM, IStream said:

And yet another northbound today at ~20kts.

I saw that one leaving the Shipyard early yesterday morning as I was driving out of town.

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So what's the mega-yacht doing on the south side of the Ballard Ship Canal, and who does it belong to?   That is one heck of a mast.  

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Ganesha, 46 meter Dubois, probably just resting before heading south.

There doesn't seem too much work going at moment.

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On 7/21/2017 at 10:19 AM, IStream said:

Interesting article!  It  mentions the SBX-1, which is a radar platform built on top of a deep-water oil--drilling rig.  Several years ago the SBX-1 was parked about 50 miles offshore of San Francisco and I was monitoring their position via AIS.  It was pretty amazing how tightly they could maintain position during the couple of weeks they were there.  I also tracked what was apparently a support vessel that was making regular runs between San Francisco and the offshore SBX-1.  I found an email address for the SBX-1 and while they were out there I traded a few messages with an officer on board.  He was friendly enough, but not too forthcoming about mission details!  SBX-1 was headed north for deployment near the Aleutians.  I saw them again a few years later in Seattle, laid-up for maintenance.  As I understand it, the SBX-1 never worked out as planned.

Speaking of AIS, email, and the John C. Stennis, navy ships don't usually broadcast AIS, but John C. Stennis was transmitting while they were running up the coast between San Francisco and Bremerton, WA.  They were returning from the mid-east, so I found an email address for them and sent a "welcome home" message.  I got a nice reply.

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1 hour ago, See Level said:

Ganesha, 46 meter Dubois, probably just resting before heading south.

There doesn't seem too much work going at moment.

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I saw Ganesha approaching the locks on her way past Shilshole. She was about a mile away when we first noticed her because of how tall her mast is. Then she got near some other boats and you could see just how out of scale her rig is. Even my teenage son was impressed.

Available for only 135,000 Euro/week.

https://www.charterworld.com/index.html?sub=yacht-charter&charter=sailing-yacht-hull-8553

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4 hours ago, Great White said:

I saw that one leaving the Shipyard early yesterday morning as I was driving out of town.

Wikipedia says they can do ~12kts when surfaced but that's clearly wrong/misinformation. She was hauling ass. I figured her rough speed at 20kts by timing her past a fixed point and using the 560' length figure cited in the article. What was amazing was how little wake she threw from her bow and how little evidence of disturbance there was from her prop or aft control surfaces at that speed.

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Available for only 135,000 Euro/week.

PLUS Food, Fuel and Tips............the 135K would be almost the cost of running the vessel for the week.

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2 minutes ago, Navig8tor said:

Available for only 135,000 Euro/week.

PLUS Food, Fuel and Tips............the 135K would be almost the cost of running the vessel for the week.

I put in 18 gallons of fuel today into the motor boat.   This rig certainly puts my boat into sharp perspective for operating costs.

Quick trip to Friday Harbor for lunch with 4 guests.  

Submarines were politely told to stay out of my way.

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On 7/24/2019 at 9:44 AM, IStream said:
On 5/24/2019 at 9:53 AM, IStream said:

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) northbound from Naval Base Kitsap. She's the oldest carrier in the fleet but just came off a 10 month overhaul and is looking shiny. One F-18 visible on deck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nimitz

Nimitz was Southbound today at a very lazy pace. No visible bow wave and I'd estimate her to be going 6-8kts.

And away she goes again. Northbound around 8am today. 

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On 9/16/2019 at 6:31 PM, IStream said:
On 7/24/2019 at 9:44 AM, IStream said:
On 5/24/2019 at 9:53 AM, IStream said:

USS Nimitz (CVN-68) northbound from Naval Base Kitsap. She's the oldest carrier in the fleet but just came off a 10 month overhaul and is looking shiny. One F-18 visible on deck.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nimitz

Nimitz was Southbound today at a very lazy pace. No visible bow wave and I'd estimate her to be going 6-8kts.

And away she goes again. Northbound around 8am today. 

And southbound again today around 11am. I'm getting a little dizzy.

 

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Just now, IStream said:

And southbound again today around 11am. I'm getting a little dizzy.

 

What...they forgot to pack their lunch?

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Given the big refurb, I wonder if there's a lot of shakedown issues.

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 Thought I heard a ships horn a little while ago. I hear them when they maneuver thru Rich Passage. Nimitz was in San Diego last weekend and had a fatality onboard. Sad.

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That's right, I'd forgotten about that. The sailor fell off the elevator. Terrible.

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On 10/4/2019 at 2:39 PM, See Level said:

Probably just returning from Roche Harbor ^_^

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12 minutes ago, IStream said:

And there goes ol' 68 again, northbound.

I think I heard it leave this morning. I heard a big ships whistle and thought it was something headed thru Rich Passage. Then the newspaper posted a picture. Probably just workups again.

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I was racing at Port Orchard today and this ship got underway from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. It is the USNS Fisher, T-AKR 301. It is a pre positioning ship loaded with equipment for supplying troops. Owned by the US Navy but operated by civilians. It moors at PSNS and gets underway occasionally. It is a big beast at 950 ft long and35500 ton displacement.

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24 minutes ago, Great White said:

I was racing at Port Orchard today and this ship got underway from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. It is the USNS Fisher, T-AKR 301. It is a pre positioning ship loaded with equipment for supplying troops. Owned by the US Navy but operated by civilians. It moors at PSNS and gets underway occasionally. It is a big beast at 950 ft long and35500 ton displacement.

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Yes, called A War in a Box. There was often one parked at Palau while I was there. Probably to keep some pressure on Indonesia which for some unfathomable reason is not liked by the USA. The civilian crew was often completely sauced ashore. The Marine communications officers were never seen. If this ship shows up near your country you should anticipate a marine invasion (i.e. surrender) as I recall it contains everything needed for extended major action...just add Marines. The crew spent their days running and checking the tank engines and such.

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14 hours ago, Great White said:

I was racing at Port Orchard today and this ship got underway from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. It is the USNS Fisher, T-AKR 301. It is a pre positioning ship loaded with equipment for supplying troops. Owned by the US Navy but operated by civilians. It moors at PSNS and gets underway occasionally. It is a big beast at 950 ft long and35500 ton displacement.

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She's got quite the radar cross-section. I guess the opposite of stealth is "fuck you, how's that?"

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14 hours ago, El Boracho said:

Yes, called A War in a Box. There was often one parked at Palau while I was there. Probably to keep some pressure on Indonesia which for some unfathomable reason is not liked by the USA. The civilian crew was often completely sauced ashore. The Marine communications officers were never seen. If this ship shows up near your country you should anticipate a marine invasion (i.e. surrender) as I recall it contains everything needed for extended major action...just add Marines. The crew spent their days running and checking the tank engines and such.

Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population. NTTAWWT but also not unfathomable given the current political climate in the US. 

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14 hours ago, El Boracho said:

Yes, called A War in a Box. There was often one parked at Palau while I was there. Probably to keep some pressure on Indonesia which for some unfathomable reason is not liked by the USA. The civilian crew was often completely sauced ashore. The Marine communications officers were never seen. If this ship shows up near your country you should anticipate a marine invasion (i.e. surrender) as I recall it contains everything needed for extended major action...just add Marines. The crew spent their days running and checking the tank engines and such.

One word...Muslim.  Many here will tell you that Obama learned to hate America there when he was 7.  

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Just now, Left Shift said:

One word...Muslim.  Many racist lunatics here will tell you that Obama learned to hate America there when he was 7.  

FTFY

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Can someone please grab those cans of Splash Zone putty? it appears that PA has sprung a leak.

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2 hours ago, hobot said:

Can someone please grab those cans of Splash Zone putty? it appears that PA has sprung a leak.

PA is like a good dose of the clap, it's always oozing a bit.

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That looks like an old yacht that was requisitioned.

Very nice.

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The the larger of the Ballard Locks here in Seattle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballard_Locks) just re-opened after the second of three two-month closures to replace its original, 102 year old valves. As a result, there's been a steady parade of large ships coming in both under tow and under their own power to get to the freshwater shipyards beyond. Impressive sight.

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11 hours ago, IStream said:

USS Tulsa littoral combat ship was northbound about an hour ago:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Tulsa_(LCS-16)

Even more notably, she was flying signal flag lima, ship under quarantine.

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It was at Vigor Shipyard for maintenance last time I took a ferry trip to Seattle in January(?). All the Navy ships are now, quarantining the sailors onboard  for two weeks before they get underway and also testing everyone. I wonder if that is the reason for the flag?

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Dawn from PA views the TOTE vessel M/V Northstar dropping off the Puget Sound Pilot and heading out to Anchorage AK on her weekly round trip from Tacoma WA!

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nicked from the PA FB page

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On 4/7/2020 at 12:05 PM, IStream said:

The the larger of the Ballard Locks here in Seattle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballard_Locks) just re-opened after the second of three two-month closures to replace its original, 102 year old valves. As a result, there's been a steady parade of large ships coming in both under tow and under their own power to get to the freshwater shipyards beyond. Impressive sight.

MV Golden Alaska heading to the big locks under tow:

http://www.goldenalaska.com/?page=operations

 

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102 year old valves.  That's pretty impressive.  My faucets in the bathroom last 2 years before leaking, and cost the same (even in adjusted $).

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USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) southbound for her home slip after suffering a fire and propulsion failure on August 18 while underway to the Arctic. See https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/29ba5aa

Nice to see her coming in under her own power.

More on the Healy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Healy_(WAGB-20)

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2 hours ago, IStream said:

 

Thanks for the link!  Interesting ship.  Says they sail with an optimized minimal crew.  They they show them at the North Pole in 2015, with a bunch of scientists.  I tried to post the pic, but 2MB would not transfer to here.  Check the pic out, the guy standing in the front left of the group is holding rifle.  Are they worried about criminals or polar bears at the North Pole?  I would think you could see a bear coming for far away there???

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Polar bears, I'm sure. 

I wouldn't count on seeing a bear from far away if he/she doesn't want you to, or if the weather is inclement, or if you're near open water, or...

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On 4/7/2020 at 12:05 PM, IStream said:

The the larger of the Ballard Locks here in Seattle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballard_Locks) just re-opened after the second of three two-month closures to replace its original, 102 year old valves. As a result, there's been a steady parade of large ships coming in both under tow and under their own power to get to the freshwater shipyards beyond. Impressive sight.

For something completely different, the CYC Clubhouse is going through to Lake Union Drydock on Tuesday morning.  For it's second 25-year haulout.

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Oh man, what time? I'd love to watch that by dinghy.

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1 hour ago, IStream said:

Oh man, what time? I'd love to watch that by dinghy.

Unofficial CYC Clubhouse Move Schedule.  Guaranteed to be inaccurate.

6:00 a.m., Start hook-up in Shilshole at V-Dock.  Two Fremont Towing tugs.

Approx 6:30 a.m. Leave for large locks

Approx. 7:00 a.m. Lock through.  They DO NOT want any other vessels in the locks.

Approx. 9:00 a.m.  Tie up at Lake Union Dry Dock.

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10 minutes ago, hobot said:

For tomorrow, just inside the Locks, SBMC webcams.

https://www.sbmc.com/dock-cameras/

So those cameras are there so that rich dudes can see if their wives are schtupping the boat boys from the comfort of their law offices?   Cool!

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Or, so that Paul can watch his workerbees at S3M to make sure they're not shuckin' and jivin'!

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Thanks for the links and the schedule. A bit early for me.

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Maybe next year they'll take it into Lake Washington for the hydro races!B)

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So, how much does the clubhouse weigh?  Who wants the low pool and the high pool?

 

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On 8/31/2020 at 8:55 AM, IStream said:

USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) southbound for her home slip after suffering a fire and propulsion failure on August 18 while underway to the Arctic. See https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/29ba5aa

Nice to see her coming in under her own power.

More on the Healy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Healy_(WAGB-20)

Healy northbound! 

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I wonder if the Healy is heading to San Diego to meet its new engine.

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