Well, it is finally here—our arrival in San Diego.  This morning I awoke to a little red in the sky.  When I looked out the window—there were dolphins.  So I had to hurry and get dressed.  Missed them all by the time I got out there.

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  But later after breakfast I managed to take a few pictures—not great but they are dolphins.

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So the dolphins helped escort us into San Diego.  Welcome home sailors of the sea!!

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Bow Watch this morning.

BRIDGE

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Cadet Alexandre Boudreaux at the chart table.

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Cadet Kate Fossati

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Waiting for the pilot to come aboard.

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San Diego pilot boat spotted.

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Pilot boat comes alongside the starboard side.  The pilot, Lyle Donovan climbs aboard the rope ladder.

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The pilot boat leaves—it was a very quick drop and leave.

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The flags are raised—Cadets Miller, Birkner and Bell.

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Cadet Miller

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Cadet Birkner

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Captain Sam Pecota and San Diego pilot Lyle Donovan bringing the Golden Bear into San Diego.

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Cadet Coleman Rosenberg, Cadet Tyler Warshauer and 2nd Mate Dave Coleman

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Cadet Nicholas Edwards and pilot Donovan.

TUG BOATS

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The tugboat, Saturn comes alongside the aft starboard.

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The tugboat, Spartan comes alongside the starboard bow.

MEANWHILE ON DECK THE LINE HANDLERS GO ASHORE

The Golden Bear crew helps out the line handlers ashore….

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The crane gets ready to lower the rescue boat.

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Watching the crane get hooked up.

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Steadying the boat for lowering.

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On-shore line handlers ready to go.

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Releasing lines on the rescue boat.

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Going to shore.

MANNING THE RAILS

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Here we are in San Diego.

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Pushing the Ship into Dock

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Take a good look at the “apron” used by the tug pushing our ship.You can see a large sheet of canvas covering the big rubber bumper mounted on the Tugboat’s bow. Finally we got some one that didn’t want to mess up our paint job.

Forward

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Aft

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San Diego pilot Donovan, Cadet Edwards and Captain Pecota direct the docking of the Golden Bear.

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Bow lines are handled on shore.

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Windlass on the bow.

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Lines are tied by our on-shore crew.

READYING THE GANGWAY

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Safety net

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Attaching the safety net.

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Cadet Kate Fossati escorts San Diego pilot Lyle Donovan to the gangway.

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Captain Harry Bolton meets the ship.

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Chanel 10 interviews Cadet Nicole Carman.

A FEW RANDOM SHOTS

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Out of the engine room and into some of San Diego’s famous sunshine…

Engineers:  Electrical Engineer James Eckerle, Chief Engineer Bill Davidson, 1st Engineer Lyle Cook, 2nd Engineer Mike Andrews, and Logistics Engineer Stan Hitchcock.

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Nurse Carole McClain and Mate Buddy Blackburn.

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Our Licensed Watch Engineers from down below…a very rare shot of all three together.

Watch Standing Engineers Larry Splawn and Scott Green and Instructor Doug Rigg.

QUARTERS

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Division One

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Division Two

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Division Three

WELL WISHES

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DIVISION ONE FRESHMAN

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Engineers: Cadets Nolan Schuetz, Kirsten Figueroa, Raul Lopez-Rodriguez and Pearson Smith

                  Cadets Jon Erb, Justin Lynch, Moo-jae Koh, Joel Mason and Peter Charbonnet