Sunday, June 26, 2016

Late June Comings and Goings

Moon going down ...

June 19th
4:18 AM
(About 24 hours before Full Strawberry Moon --
featured in our previous post)

June 19th
4:47 AM
"Excellence" Fishing Vessel
and a tug in the foreground.

Sun going down ...

June 21st
9:01 PM
At this time of year, notice where the sun is setting on your western horizon. Sunsets around these days will be as far north as the sun will go on the horizon. Now it begins to move south a little bit each day until Winter Solstice. In our photos here, we're going to mark near the water tower as the northern most sunset and, hopefully, we'll remember in December to see how far the sun goes to the south.

June 25th
9:03 PM
Ships coming in ...

June 25
4:51 AM
Norwegian Jewel

June 25
4:48 AM
CMA CGM Almaviva

June 26th
5:30 AM
Norwegian Pearl

June 22nd
6:00 AM
DS Republic Container Ship
We are surprised at the variety of container ships. There are many more than we realized before keeping an eye on traffic in and out of the Port.

June 26th
5:54 AM
Holland America Amsterdam
The Brothers, Olympic Mountains, in the distance.

June 26th
8:17 AM
Alaska Marine Tug & Barge

June 26th
7:31 AM
Cap Blanche Container Vessel
Smaller size allows it to service smaller Ports.

The usual ...

Washington State Ferry
June 25th
8:34 PM

The unusual ...

Starbound Fishing Vessel
Roped to Pier 90 ... Engine testing?
June 23rd, 10:41 AM

The fly over ...

Air Force One
June 24th
3:24 PM

3:24 PM
Yes, we are in the flight path for SEATAC
when the wind is right, or wrong, depending on
how you look at it. :-)

3:25 PM
Almost right above.
A majestic sight regardless of politics.

3:25 PM
Enroute SEATAC Airport --
about 2 minutes.

Ships going out ...

3 Vessels - 1 Photo
At anchor (bottom) - Sea Orpheus
Middle - NYK Line Vehicles Carrier
At top - Washington State Ferry
June 20th
5:16 AM

American President Lines Gwangyang Container Vessel
June 22nd
4:56 AM
Elliott Bay Marina at bottom.
While most of our photos (in this post) are taken from home, we will leave you with one more photo taken down at Pier 91 Seattle Cruise Terminal ...

Ruby Princess
June 19th
The Ruby is doing 7-day roundtrip voyages
to Alaska all summer. We see her every Sunday.
Is your summer getting off to a good start?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Full Strawberry Moon

Native Americans often referred to the June Full Moon as the Strawberry Moon because the strawberries were being harvested in June. The actual time of  this "full moon" in Seattle was about 4:02 AM Monday morning, June 20th (yesterday).  We were afraid we had missed the event due to a mostly cloudy sky. However, around 5:30 AM we happened to look to the west where their was a clearing near the horizon. As you can see, we were lucky!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer Again

June Solstice: Longest and Shortest Day of the Year -- The June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice the Southern Hemisphere.

From our collection of old postcards ... celebrating Summer in the Northern Hemisphere ...

Summer breeze makes me feel fine --
The Frog Family
[ca 1920s]
June Solstice in Seattle, Washington, USA is today, Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:34 PM PDT. You can find the exact time in your location here.

Published by S. Porter, Chicago, in 1906
one of a set of 4 - one for each season
The Bears have gone fishin'
Ahhhh ... Summer at last!
Have a great summer!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sailboats and More

Our photos of ships and boats in this post are taken from Seattle looking over Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, Washington, USA.

Catching the wind nicely.
June 16th, about 6 PM

Lots of sailboats.
June 16th, about 7 PM

Overview ... Elliott Bay Marina and beyond.
That is the English Bay bulk cargo carrier at anchor.
June 16th, about 8 PM

Looking over the Marina about 4:30 AM
June 16th.
English Bay bulk cargo carrier at anchor.

Before sunrise arrival, Norwegian Jewel
June 18th, 2016

Sign of the times.
Police boat checking the cruise terminal before ships arrive.

Early arrival, Crown Princess
Overcast above the Sound, but a clearing to the west
revealed the morning sun on clouds in the distance.

Cap Jackson Container Ship
departing with a relatively small load.
Enroute Vancouver BC, June 16th, 7:20 PM

English Bay in the afternoon sun.
June 17th.

Matson Container Ship departing
afternoon June 17th.
Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Unidentified Bulk Carrier
Departing June 17th, 8:30 AM
Olympic Mountains in the distance.

Global Endeavor Bulk Carrier
Departing for Hiroshima, Japan
with a load of logs.
June 15th, 6:35 AM
Note Pilot boat alongside.
CMA CGM Vivaldi
Arriving June 18th, 1:30 PM

English Bay's twin ... Jumeirah Beach
Now there are two Pacific Basin ships in Port
Arriving June 18th, 1:00 PM

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fireboat Salute and More

Saturday morning, June 11th, the Leukemia Cup Regatta sailed past our location. It started with a salute from the Seattle Fireboat ...  [Click on photos for larger view]

Fireboat Salute
Saturday mornning, June 11th

Celebrating the Leukemia Cup Regatta

Closer look
From the Leukemia Cup Regatta website:  "The Leukemia Cup Regatta is an annual sailing event that takes place in Elliott Bay, adjacent to downtown Seattle. As the kickoff event of Elliott Bay Marina's Downtown Sailing Series, the Leukemia Cup Regatta is a casual race meant to bring sailors together over their love of boating and their commitment to fighting blood cancer. Over the last 20 years, the local sailing community has helped raise more than $1.8 million for blood cancer research and patient services." Their website is here.

Other weekend maritime activity ...

Holland America Amsterdam
Departing Sunday, June 12th

Aft decks crowed with cruisers
looking back at the city as
they depart for Alaska on the

BSL Limassol Container Ship
arriving in port, Sunday, June 12th

Ha ha

English Bay bulk carrier vessel
operated by Pacific Basin Shipping
Elliott Bay Marina below.
The English Bay is at anchor in this photo.
Absolutely great video from the Pacific Basin website ...

Alaska Marine Tug and Container Barge
Yes, the tow cable is long and just below the surface.

Ruby Princess arriving just after sunrise
Sunday, June 12th

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

National Flag Day

From our collection of old postcards ...

For Flag Day in America, 2016 ...  a card mailed 110 years ago ...

Front of card showing received June 3, 1906
at Yellowstone Park, Wyo

Address side of  the card showing Postmark May 31, 1906
Oaklane Station, Philadelphia, PA
Requesting "Hold for Arrival" for
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. James
at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel
This is one of our favorite cards containing an image of the American Flag. To learn about the history of Flag Day take a look at  In brief, on August 3rd, 1949, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

We like pictures with the flag and decided to look back in the archives for one to share here on Flag Day. The sun was just above the eastern horizon and starting to light up the neighborhood to our west when we snapped the photo below on June 9, 2016. We have seen this particular flag designated on nautical charts of Puget Sound to help establish locations.

Flag at south end of 28th Ave W
above Elliott Bay Marina
Sadly, the US Flag is at half-staff today due to the Orlando nightclub shooting.


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