Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Formerly Known As

According to David Sellars who does the On the Waterfront column in the paper, the present log ship, the Astoria Bay, is the ship which was called Dry Beam when it suffered a rogue wave in February (see last section of article). Sellars says Dry Beam went off to Japan to be repaired, and came back under an alias :-) He says the logs left behind at Ogden Point in Victoria when they unloaded after the catastrophe were never sold or reloaded, they were ground into chips, profits of chip sale benefiting the Food Bank in Victoria.

I stopped down by the harbor to watch Astoria Bay load, and get some pictures for WC, who lives on the other side of the Strait and had had his eye on the logs that Dry Beam left behind on the cruise ship dock at Ogden Point in Victoria.

April 24, 2012. Loading Astoria Bay, in Port Angeles Harbor (Click for larger image.)

There were a lot more men visibly at work than is usual, both on the dock and directing the loading from atop the load. Are they particularly concerned after losing the previous load to the rogue wave? Or is it because this ship is configured rather differently than the Pacific Basin line ships? Anyway, two little movies, for WC. The color quality is the pits, but the action in the second one is primo...


Yeah, I know. I should find it horrifying, and spare you the sight, the way I have come to spare you the pictures of dead birds when I'm doing beach surveys. But I find the loading process mesmerizing.

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