Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Hood -- 5/20/2014

It is a busy day at the camera as we watch the activities of ships in our neighborhood, Stimson Marina, Ballard WA.

On our port side Pacific Fishermen, Inc., Shipyard is quite busy with ships coming and going.  What catches our eye today is Vesteraalen, a 37 meter dredger, which comes in for service. 

What service?  If we watch, we may learn.

The photos tell the story.  A crane comes in, giving us a slight roll.  The skillful operator moves the block down into her hold, grabs a large winch and moves it aft.  This takes a while....

Suddenly we see the crew take their positions, then a big puff of smoke and she goes forward, then backs down for docking.

Could it be the dredger is being refitted for fishing?  It is the season for vessels to head to Alaska for catching their year's income.

Orange colored block begins to lift.


And Higher

Begin to see the larger white winch.


Moving Aft

Lowered into Hold - Operation Complete

Most of our neighbors are quiet.  The Canadian Geese are not!  I hear extra loud and continuous honking, and when I look to see what is going on, I see a pair of geese fighting another pair.  Reminds me of the TV series, "Sopranos," which talked about 'working' their own street corners....

This is my water!

Our dock neighbor Len tells us the Northwestern was used in the TV series on Discovery Channel, "The Deadliest Catch."

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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