Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jerry Jones' Yacht Anchored - Seattle

Looked out yesterday afternoon to find this yacht anchored near the Marina.
MarineTraffic identified it as Bravo Eugenia.
Google identified the yacht's owner ... Jerry Jones.
Jones is also the owner of NFL Dallas Cowboys.
Note little boat aft, probably yacht's tender.
August 5, 2020, Seattle, WA

Screenshot from MarineTraffic showing location of Bravo Eugenia.

Another look at the vessel this morning.
August 6, 2020
Bainbridge Island in the distance across Puget Sound.

Closer look.
I do not know if Jerry is aboard.

Freighter departing gives some interesting size comparisons.
About 6:30 AM August 6 2020


Screen shot from Yacht Harbor website.

Screenshot from Reddit
Reddit member "whatever1001" posted the pic above yesterday.
As of this morning there are 226 comments.
Interesting to read all the opinions on this vessel.

Per Wikipedia's List of motor yachts by length, Bravo Eugenia is Number 42, at 109 m (358 ft), which means it won't quite fit, length-wise, on a standard football field, 100 m (300 ft).

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Unexpected Blog Joy



Fellow bloggers will know that one of the pleasures of blogging is discovering something entirely new and unexpected. That's exactly what happened recently when Red, of Hiawatha House blog, posted about picking gooseberries in his garden and making gooseberry jam. When I read his post I was unaware of gooseberries. As I told Red in a comment ... I've got to see if I can find some jam to give it a try. Sure enough, it's right there on Amazon. I ordered and received the 12oz bottle in the photo above. The next day, with my morning coffee, I enjoyed toast and gooseberry jam. It is delicious. It is close to my all-time favorite ... plum jam. But that's not just any plum jam ... it's the jam my grandmother made from the fruit of the plum tree in the backyard of the home where I grew up. The bottom line here is, gooseberry is a great find, and so I say thanks to Red for telling us about it.

Other Recent Snaps ...


An OOCL freighter northbound into Puget Sound.
I like the reflections in this one.
Morning haze is evident in the distance but the sunshine lights up the ship nicely.

Having a lot of fun watching my new (this year) feeders.
Can't seem to stop snapping pics of these little birds.
The experts say hummers can learn to recognize humans.

Not the greatest of photos but I liked the way the morning sun was lighting 
up the ferry that sails between Seattle and Bainbridge Island.
That's Bainbridge in the distance and several homes that must have
an amazing view of Seattle across the water.

Very neat loading on this Matson freighter.
Barge and tug beyond are northbound.

Couldn't resist snapping a wide view of the sky on the morning of
the last day of July.

Unusual anchorage.
The MSC Ajaccio dropped anchor just beyond Elliott Bay Marina.
It seemed to me to be unusually close to the shoreline.
Shifts in the tide can bring it around very close ... see next pic.



Barge fascination ...


Watching the arrival of freight barges from Alaska increases my curiosity about maritime life. Early last Sunday morning I spotted the barge below as it arrived. The sun was lighting it up nicely but by the time I got the camera in hand it had made it all the way over near Alki Beach which explains the unusual perspective in the photo and the tug was already out of view. The thing that fascinates me is wondering what it's like to be the Captain on one of these voyages between Alaska and Seattle. The trip takes several days as the speed is so slow. I checked out the company website and they have a neat photo gallery. The bottom two pics are screen shots from that gallery.

Freight barge from Alaska arriving Seattle early morning.
Alki Beach in the distance.

Screen shot from company website.
How the tug/barge combination travels.
(From Alaska Marine website)

View from the tug's bridge.
I'll bet the Captain's experience here varies on every trip,
despite the same route.
(From Alaska Marine website)

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Hummers at Sunset


The sky near sunset, July 18, 2020
Sitting out on the deck watching the hummingbirds.

The glow of sunset seemed to give a heavenly look
to the little hummingbird.

Hummingbirds like to feed in the evening.


Linking up today with Saturday's Critters. Thanks, Eileen, for hosting!

And more hummers ...


Note: I don't claim any kind of perfection on the photos below. They are nothing like the ones you can see at Audubon  However, they are not too bad for a novice at snapping pics of hummingbirds. I like the photos for helping me ID the birds, which isn't quite as simple as it might seem.

I like it when they settle down at the feeder and
relax while dining.

What I like here is the color of the feathers
being almost luminescent.

At first I thought this was a Ruby-throated ... but
now I think it is an Anna's

There are moments when they seem
totally at rest.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Sunday Walk


Starting my walk on the Elliott Bay Trail.
The Trail goes along the waterfront south of downtown Seattle.
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Sky is mostly blue and temperature about perfect.
I like walking here as it gets me a little closer to the
big ships I enjoy seeing. This one is the Coastal Trader
fishing vessel docked at Pier 90.

Mt Rainier beyond the Port's Freight Terminal
Looking south from the Trail

Pretty clear look at the big mountain.
Mt Rainier, Washington, USA
Our air/sky has been cleaner/clearer this summer.
Less pollution due to COVID-19 lockdown?

"Cerba" Bulk Carrier docked at Pier 86 Grain Terminal
Downtown in left distance.
This is one of the West Coast's major Grain Terminals.

The green beauty of the Pacific Northwest stays with us
all year.

Another look at Cerba ... note the
"Free Fall Lifeboat" on the aft.
(See YouTube video at bottom)

Great morning for a walk and not that many
folks out this early (around 7 AM)

The Cerba is being loaded with grain from the terminal.
I expected to see the Captain standing out on the bridge wing
enjoying a cup of coffee ... but no joy.

Drawing of Pier 86 Grain Terminal
on a sign nearby.
The grain comes in on trains and is stored in the terminal
until it gets loaded on ships.


Had to take a second look at this scene.
See next photo.

Nest boxes for Purple Martins
I am curious about who installed these.
Whoever ... Thank you.

Cerba departed Seattle Sunday evening.
The screen shot above shows her location
as of Monday morning July 20.
She is headed to Tokyo.

Pretty cool video of how a Free Fall Lifeboat is launched from a ship. Would you get a kick out of being aboard launch?


Monday, July 20, 2020

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ro-Ro MV Themis

First time for me to see this Ro-Ro rolling by ...

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ro-Ro Northbound July 11, 2020
Puget Sound, near Seattle, Washington

The vessel spotted is MV Themis, owned and operated by Wallenius Wihlelmsen of Norway. The ship is enroute to Tokyo, Japan. After spotting the Themis on July 11, I checked its position on morning of the 12th via MarineTraffic ...

The Themis is on its way to Yokohama, Japan from Tacoma, Washington, USA
After leaving Tacoma on July 11 its ETA Yokohama is July 27.
It fascinates me the voyage will take 16 days.

Spotting the Ro-Ro (Roll-on Roll-off Vehicle Carrier) on July 11 led to  some interesting information and photos on WW's website. The following images are screenshots from their WEBSITE.

Close look at the Themis
Read about MV Themis winning Panama Canal Environmental Award 2019 HERE.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, is a transporter of various kinds of vehicles and associated logistics.



A list of Wallenius Wilhelmsen's vessels can be found HERE. I hope to see more of them in the future.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Freighter Cruise to the Rescue


Quoting from my post, here on the blog, Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Freighter Cruising the Ocean

For those of you who have been following the blog, perhaps you have read our profile. One of the included interests is "ocean shipping".  Perhaps you may have interpreted that to mean we like spending time on ships ... cruise ships. Correct, but more than that we would like to spend time on a Freighter Cruise. Unknown to many, freighter ships have room for a very few passengers ... usually 10 or less. There is no fancy entertainment! However, the reports are that the food is excellent, accommodations are adequate, and the ports-of-call are amazing. Freighter ships can often get into smaller ports than larger cruise ships. Getting away from the tourist attractions can give you a more realistic view of what some parts of the world are like."

Fast forward to today ...

During the current "lockdown" I've been watching more YouTube videos than ever. I just discovered Eva zu Beck's vlog and her June 28th post, 14 Days on a CARGO SHIP During the Pandemic. What a fascinating story of her voyage on a freighter. Enjoy!


Tomorrow ... Curiously enough, my post tomorrow will be about a cargo ship, a vehicle carrier, which I spotted on July 11. The ship is currently enroute to Yokohama, Japan.

Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

108 Years Before Twitter

Here it is, a screen snap of the very first tweet on Twitter, sent by Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006 ...



Here is what Wikipedia says about Twitter ...

Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Just in case you need to know more about Twitter, click on the link and read all about it.

108 years earlier, in 1898, a company called Postal Telegraph-Cable Company would send a FREE digital message of 20 words, also known as a TELEGRAM, if you applied one of the stamps shown below on your message. (You remember telegrams, don't you?)

From my collection of old stuff, here's how it looks ...

Booklet of Stamps for use in 1898
Personal and Social Messages Only
signed by J P Randall


Open the booklet to see Conditions and Stamps

The conditions are pretty specific  …

            These stamps cover ONLY THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL MESSAGES of the holder and must not be used for BUSINESS OR POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS. They must not be USED BY nor FOR any other than the person to whom they are issued. If offered by any other person, Managers will take up the frank and collect regular tolls.
            A stamp must be affixed to every message containing twenty words or less, not including address, date or signature; and an additional stamp for every additional twenty words or fraction thereof. Answers may be franked by affixing the stamps as above.
            The recipient of these stamps, by accepting and using them, assumes all risks, and agrees that the Telegraph Company shall not be liable for damages, whether from negligence of Agents or from whatever cause arising.
            This frank is issued subject to Section V, of Article XIII, Revised Constitution, State of New York.

Stamps are about the size of regular US Postage Stamps

Good for One Message of 20 Words

Perhaps these stamps were sort of like today's Gift Cards. Telegrams were EXPENSIVE to send but these stamps appear to be FREE as they are marked COMPLIMENTARY FRANK. By the way, Twitter is also FREE but the message may arrive a little bit faster today. On the other hand, no computer was required in 1898.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Jerry Jones' Yacht Anchored - Seattle

Looked out yesterday afternoon to find this yacht anchored near the Marina. MarineTraffic identified it as Bravo Eugenia. Google identified ...