Fri 26 Aug 2011
All things have to come to an end. And our stay in one of the west coasts’ most beautiful ports ended this warm and sunny morning. The boulevard along the port was busy with morning traffic as folks on shore commuted to their daily jobs. Alongside the ship, dock workers were already prepping the facilities for another ship…one that would arrive right after we left.
No gray fog this morning..The Star of India unfurls her sails in sunshine.
The Engine room prepares for the day’s maneuvers
Starting our main engine…by now almost every engine cadet has done it at least once.
Confident with his crew …LWO Larry Splawn watches his cadet engineer make initial moves to start our engines
“The Second” does a Steering gear test for the Bridge
As our big mains warm up, “The First” ( Lyle Cook ) and”The Chief” ( Bill Davidson ) talk about this morning’s start up.
A tired 0400-0800 watch engineer ( Scott Green ) looks on……
On deck its time to go….
Readying the crane to bring up the gangway. We are ready to leave—just waiting for the pilot.
Directing the crane operator.
Unhooking the safety net.
Rolling up the net and getting it ready for storage.
Waiting on the stern lines.
On the bow….
Photo op on the Bridge. Cadets Kevin Cisneros, Lee Blume, Coleman Rosenberg, Cassandra Sattler, Andrew Staley and Matthew Toman.
Here comes the tug.
Crowley tugs, Saturn and Spartan come out to assist our departure.
Check out those aprons…….piloted by former cadet from CMA, these guys know how tough it is to keep a hull paint job looking sharp!
San Diego Pilot Jennings comes aboard.
Cadet Chad Menefee raises the pilot aboard flag.
Bow lines are unhooked.
Stern lines off…
Line handlers hurry aboard.
The gangway is secured alongside the port side.
The tug helps pull the Golden Bear away from the dock.
Pulling away from the dock. Goodbye San Diego.
Cadets Tegan Church (at the helm) and Coleman Rosenberg.
San Diego pilot Jennings.
Navigating out of San Diego Harbor.
A half day Sport Fishing boat, Daily Double coming back into port.
A sailboat enjoying a day on the bay.
Seals on a buoy.
One last look at Point Loma
A lot of the crew and cadets watching San Diego disappear on the horizon.
The pilot boat pulls alongside the port and picks up the pilot.
Saying good bye to the vessels that helped us…….
Point Loma ……….
This was our last “good bye”………
Our next view of a “point” will take place as we pass by Pt. Bonita , the entrance to San Francisco Bay.
As I write this our navigators tell me our ship will arrive at the San Francisco pilots station sometime near 0800 on Saturday. Our docking time at Vallejo will be close to noon. Tomorrow will be a whirlwind of activity on the Bear as the crew and cadets get ready for Home.
Some last sights of San Diego we’ll truly miss…….
** The Chart underneath this old Sextant is of Robison Caruso Island…an Island my husband visited aboard the training ship Golden Bear over 14 years ago on a voyage that also included Easter Island and ports along the western South American coast.
And finally one of the funniest cab drivers I’ve ever seen…
DIVISION TWO FRESHMAN
Deck: Cadets David Hoyt, Donnel Rayhill, Levi White, Benjamin Skeffington, Clalyton Livingston, Michael Alario and Kevin Gilmore.
Engineers: Cadets Matthew Hodgins, Aaron Rotenberg, Loren Andersen, Sasha Barnett,William Akers, Ryan Werking, Ethan McHenry, Andrew Scribner, Lucas Franco, and Andrew Moore.
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