Sunday, 17 July 2016

More Portland Maine. June 4, 2016

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 Fireboat - City of Portland IV
 Built by A. F. Theriault & Sons in Metegan River, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Delivered in Summer 2009
 65' LOA and pumping capacity of 3,500 gpm
Two bow turrets, two stern turrets, one massive center turret
 The Portland boat is one of the first fire boats built by Theriault.
In 2011 they would deliver another fire boat to Massport in Boston.
 SeaTow outbound past the fireboat.
 In the background are preparations for the July 4th celebration.
 Distant Star & Capt'n Mark


 Contrasts - Fishermans Pride & Great Eastern

 Under the bridge.
 Great Eastern working cargo.

 Notice the big "G" under the stack.  There are several of these sister-ships and each has a large letter for identification purposes.
 Behind the stack is a scrubber to ensure the exhaust gas is clean.

 Small cruise ship Independence leaves Portland for a foggy trip.

 Pointy-end cuts through the fog.

 Fishing boat Miss Cadence

 Small stern trawler Nicole Leigh

 Portland in the fog.

 Rowan M McAllister off to a job.
 She came up to the Great Lakes in 2012 to tow the Patrice McAllister after the latter had a fire on board while in Lake Ontario.

 SeaTow passes outbound "The Cat".

 It does double-duty as a taxi.

 USCGC Ocracoke (WPB-1307) is an Island Class cutter, homeported in Maine.  

 Wild Irish Rose sailing nowhere.

Portland, Maine. June 4, 2016

 New ferry, Alakai, aka "The Cat" leaves the dock in Portland bound for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
 Originally built for the Hawaii trade by Austal:
 Hawaiain ferry service ends:
Now that's cool! 
 Acquired by the US Navy in 2010 the Alakai was renamed
USNS Puerto Rico.  (HST-2) 
In March 2016 Bay Ferries Ltd announced that it had reached an agreement with the US Maritime Administration and the US Navy for a multi-year charter of the USNS Puerto Rico.   The ship will be operated for a passenger/vehicle ferry service in the Gulf of Maine between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  The vessel will be branded "The Cat" to align with previous branding used when Bay Ferries operated another high-speed ferry on the same route six years ago.
 Service started on June 15, 2016.
 Honkin' great waterjets for propulsion.

Displacement = 1646 tons
L = 349' (106m); B = 78' (24m); Draft = 12' (3,7m)
Decks = 4; Deck Clearance = 14' (4,3m)
Power = 4 x MTU-8000 diesel engines
Propulsion = 4 x Rolls-Royce KaMeWa 125 MkII waterjets
Speed = 35 knots (40 mph; 65 kmh)
Passengers =  866;  Cars = 282
Crew = 21
 Inbound fishing boat Jean E.G. passing the ferry.
 One of the many fishing boats to frequent Portland Harbour.

 The ferry disappears into the fog.  There is lots of fog in the Gulf of Maine in the summer and cruising at 35 knots with limited visibility would be hair-raising for me.
 Andrew McAllister follows the Anette to assist with berthing.

 Through the Portland lift bridge toward the dock.

 Angela Michelle at the dock...

 ...and on the way out to work lobster gear.

 Aspen Spirit at the Portland Pipeline dock  hides behind the plastic boats.
 The pipeline runs from Portland to Montreal.  Fog is persisting.

 Audrey B Rand inbound with fog obscuring the Portland shoreline.
 Spring Point light in Portland Harbour.
 Capt'n Mark high and dry and brother-ship Capt'n Jake alongside.