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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MAYDAY 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - LEARNING INCOMING SIGNAL (PART TWO)

WEATHER: The hanging flower baskets on light poles . . .  lots of Northwind (30 MPH gusts all day all night), full sun, and flowers blooming everywhere, something going on up river.... 5 Seals, 7 Heron, a running of Cormorants (possibly 75?) all headed up to Mapleton for ?
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PART TWO of CRYSTAL RADIO

After your crystal set wore out, and before your having a car radio . . . you most likely moved on to a hand-held transistor or tabletop radio that had AM-FM (just like your crystal set, but, a lot more stations), back in the 1950's/1960's this was an equivalent (sorta-kinda) like having either a laptop or a desktop computer.  Between Television being new to the scene, FM radio coming of age, 45 rpm records booming, and "Stereo"  sound systems becoming a popular item . . . technology was on a roll.

This was a period in time when we all became aware of rooftop and rabbits ear antenna designs, radio/TV signal frequencies, microwaves, amplitudes and interference, it set the baseline for us to years later learn about all types of radio wave communications, 3G cell phone (etc.), Bluetooth, GPS, satellite dishes,  remotes, key guards, police radar, automatic devices of all kinds and WiFi. (in short terms, none of it is as black Art, mumbo-jumbo, or mysterious to us today, as it was 50-60 years ago).

For years, our old "Ma Bell" land-line telephones were the only "two-way" method anyone had available, but it was a "wired" system, when cell phones came out, they were our common-man first radio wave two way, CB, Walkie-Talkies, and email was next, but, these all rely on the same through-the-air radio waves we have come to require in our daily lives for wifi, and TV.

Mariners, Pilots, Emergency Services, Military, and Commercial Corporations all are very intensive two-way radio wave users, us commoners and our smartphones, TV's, computers, GPS, walkie-talkies and car radios use what is left as available, for our "recreational" needs.

For one-way "incoming" signals, with de-regulation, and the bust-up of corporate monopolies and domination, many of us have "cut the cable" and taken back control of our monthly billings, contracts and fees, Amazon, Google, Roku and many, many other ways around the system are in place, even the DIY satellite dish builder and homegrown antenna builder have added to the trending away from corporate control.

So, like we used to have $150.00 a month long distance phone bills, and be charged for dial-up, or forever paying for a dish, or a landline phone, renting their decoding box routers, signing long term contracts, and enduring wired-in wifi, which was not only expensive but poorly tech supported as well... thank goodness all of that is now obsolete in 2019.

When looking further  at incoming (one-way) radio signals . . . in 2019 we are back to over the air (like crystal or foxhole radio), with wifi hotspots, free public wifi, courtesy store wifi, over the air TV antennas, and Roku, Google, Amazon . . . here in America, the UK, Australia, India and even in Russia, only rural dwellers are still ensnared by some local ISP company who "controls and throttles" your telephone and wifi signal use, by choking your broadband width  (the intentional slowing of your internet service by an Internet Service Provider to actively limit your upload and download speed rate) on TV or computer data downloading. 

 In Part Three, we will look at how these incoming signals are throttled (TV, WiFi, Internet) here and abroad, and why,  the companies "who" have done it (and gotten caught), and how to see if it is happening to you, we will take a look at the FCC, OFCOM, CE, and the BEREC insight knowledge (the same Organizations that control Global Marine communications), plus explore some  International Institute of Communications "fix it" options, and examine the copycat deniability scripts used by Communications suppliers worldwide.

the "Save the Internet Act", a bill that would prohibit companies like Comcast, Charter, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down, blocking or charging users in order to supply businesses with faster speeds

Corporate Commercial Fishing and Cargo Marine Communications Personnel (licensed radio Operators) usually attend the Pearson competence seminar here (in both video or slide show Powerpoint), and tested before ever leaving port on a factory vessel, this stuff is not as simple as just "keying" a mic and talking while at sea.








Sunday, April 28, 2019

28 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - HE-SHE- OR IT?

Photo credit to SLAVKATION, Eugene

                                Are Boats a She, He, or It ? 

Many people confuse So...fea's name as being some kind of woman's name, like "Sofia'... it is not. 

The Scottish Maritime Museums use of gender-neutral references rather than "he or she" has been in force after vandals scratched out all ships references to “she” have on museum displays. the more than 280-year-old publication "Lloyd’s Ships List" has also begun referring to ships as “it” rather than as “she” since 2002. 
 Museum goers have expressed their feelings on social media “This isn’t how it works, you don’t get to erase history, and like it or not ships have always been referred to as she" . . . .  or have they?

In Dutch, the word for ship, schip, is a neuter noun making the pronoun “it.” The same is true in German, schiff, and Norwegian, skip. In Greek ships are also “it.”
In Dutch and German the words for boat are also neuter nouns.  On the other hand, bootsfahrt, a boat trip, is feminine. In Norwegian, while ships are “it,” the word for boat, båt, is masculine, so the pronoun is “he.” 
In French, most words for ships or boats are masculine, including navire, bateau, and, vaisseau.  In Spanish, words for ships are both masculine and feminine so ships can be either “he” or “she” depending on the word you use. Barco and buque are both “he,” whereas nave and embarcación are “she.” 
Western fleets have dominated the world of shipping and sailing for Centuries, Britain did so during past centuries, and the United States did in the 19th and 20th centuries, so, a case might be made that English speaking traditions should be maintained.
One has to fully "understand" the male double-standard, reverse entendre, and pub/street level sarcasm and derogatory usage to properly interpret sailor-talk, the presence of a real woman on board a ship has been considered bad luck since ancient times, yet we name most of our boats after women, have "maiden voyages", and have tattooed their names on our bodies and mounted bow sprit figureheads of women on almost every ship built ?

In many Navy wardrooms and Officers mess' (Oz, Limey, and Yank), I have seen various statements quoted on plaques:
Admiral Chester Nimitz put it more succinctly in an address: "A ship is always referred to as 'she' because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder to keep her good looking", particularly if she is slim-waisted, well-stacked, and has an inviting superstructure".

This inexcusably salty version spoken in Navy-ese nautical terms was best said at a U.S. Naval Institute gathering by Rear Admiral Francis D. Foley on the subject:
“ Ships are referred to as ‘she’ because men love them, but this encompasses far more than just that. Man-o'-war or merchantman, there can be a great deal of bustle about her as well as a gang of men on deck,  It is not so much her initial cost as it is her upkeep that makes you wonder where you founder".
"She is greatly admired when freshly painted and all decked out to emphasize her cardinal points. If she is an aircraft carrier, she will look in a mirror when about to be arrested and will wave you off if she feels you are sinking too low or a little too high, day or night. She will not hangar around with duds, but will light you off and launch you into the wild blue yonder when you muster a full head of steam".
“Even a submarine reveals her topsides returning to port, she heads straight for the buoys, knows her pier, and gets her breast-lines out promptly if she is single-screwed. On departure, no ship leaves port asleep, she always leaves a wake. She may not mind her helm or answer to the old man when the going gets rough, and can be expected to kick up her heels on a family squall".
“A ship costs a lot to dress, sometimes blows a bit of smoke, and requires periodic overhauls to extend her useful life. Some have a cute fantail, others are heavy in the stern, but all have double-bottoms which demand attention. When meeting head-on, sound a recognition signal; whistle. If she does not answer up, come about and start laying alongside, but watch to see if her ship is slowing . . . perhaps her slip is showing? Then proceed with caution until danger of collision is over and you can fathom how much latitude she will allow".
“If she does not remain on an even keel, let things ride, feel your way, and do not cross the line until you determine ‘weather’ the "do" point is right for a prolonged blast. Get the feel of the helm, stay on the right “tact”, keep her so, and she will pay off handsomely. If she is in the roaring forties, however, you may be in the dangerous semi-circle, so do not expect much "luff," especially under bare poles"
"She may think you are not under command or control and shove off. If she edges aweigh, keep her steady as she goes, but do not sink into the doldrums. Just remember that ‘to furnish a ship requires much trouble, but to furnish a woman the cost is double!"

“To the women who now help us "man" our ships, my apologies for the foregoing. Only the opening phrase presents my true feelings. After all, a ship's bell(e) will always remain her most prized possession, and every good ship has a heart, just like yours. A trick at the wheel, like you, would have been welcome aboard when I was on "she" duty for 40 years. May God bless you all, sweetheart!
Also, in the Aussie and British Royal Navy I have seen and heard: 
 Adm. Alan West, British Royal Navy  " The Royal Navy has a long tradition of referring to its ships as 'she' and will continue to do so, They're beautifully constructed. They look after you. They, in a sense, nurture you."

MEANWHILE, THE SCUTTLEBUTT BELOW DECKS SAYS THINGS LIKE . . . 

She shows her topsides and hides her bottom … She can be all decked out … It takes an experienced man to handle her correctly … Without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable … boats or women, it's not the initial expense that breaks you, it's the upkeep. 

Psychologists say a ship may represent a mother taking care of a human inside her womb. so when we board a ship or a vessel, we are all inside her and she takes care of us as her passengers until we are delivered safely to our next port.
Remember, not only boats and ships are called "she", but Countries, Hurricanes-Typhoons are also called “she” as are automobiles, motorcycles, etc.  but these examples are probably all extensions from our Maritime lingo.
Curiously, a ship being called a “she” is very much a Western Europe British/U.S. custom, in Russia and much of the Eastern and Asian countries, a ship is called “he”,  I do not know where this all ends up in today's social identity gender confusion, but, I will stick with tradition, "she" is always an endearing term for any object or event. 

Here is a link to all the 235 U.S Navy ships has named after women:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._military_vessels_named_after_women


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

25 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA - DIVER BRIEN & PORTHOLE RADIO

We are still into our beautiful weather pattern.... no changes.


Diver Brien Mill was back down in the Harbor for his annual spring visit to "A" dock, to clean and inspect the water intake for Amber Novelli's Seafood-Chowder Shack (that happens to be almost underneath So...fea). This year he also did a quickie underwater hull, prop inspection of the F/V Kathleen, and the M/V So...fea.
                                                 

With the Bull rail around our dock, there is like a 24-inch height difference between the water and dock (hard to crawl up and over wearing a rubber suit, fins and an air tank . . . so, last year, I tied a man-rope on our stern so he could easily crawl onto our low 8-inch high swim deck instead.


As he replaced the suction device on the intake last year, he needed a third hand, so, (blustery windy rain-day and all) I went out to hand him pieces/parts.  In the process, and discussions, I learned that Brien is a 20+/- veteran of this Harbor, and full of local history, stories and recollections, like Walt Foss, the 92-year-old owner of the 103-year old F/V Otter (tied up behind us), these tales need to be told.



   So, I got the idea to restart my old radio show up again, by having Brian come aboard afterward for some hot cocoa and an interview, and decided to  . . .  (this time from aboard So...fea) restart the 2005 "whazammo radio show".   I scrambled together some old equipment and we created Show # One (https://player.whooshkaa.com/shows/porthole-podcasts), with lots of problems.

In the editing and sound work process that ensued, my 20-year old (studio) equipment, broadcast hosts, and my own personal abilities were now all glaringly obsolete and pathetically not up to the task of a 2018 on-board windy, noisy Harbor environ... (I got show One built and up, but was in a "rethink" mode).

When Brian arrived again this (2019) spring I approached him for a 2019 redo as a continuance of the 2018 series, and advised him that I now have all new equipment, and a new (Australian) hosting server over at PortholeRadio.com .  So, sometime in May, I will be relaunching this series, and am hoping to spend time with both Brien and Walt right here aboard So...fea in some 1/2 hour long program of storytelling.
 
                   Visit the portholeradio.com  webpage  for specifics.




Sunday, April 21, 2019

21 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - CRYSTAL RAZOR BLADE AND TRANSOCEANIC

Still in the beginning of my self-refresher from my own notes and letters about fixing my WiFi, and after posting yesterday's  "silent com" about Aldis and flags, my next pile of papers (remember this was all created before the cloud-or even the Internet), was global com(munications).

If you did not have a "foxhole", "mothers Oats" or "Crystal radio set" as a kid, or remember Grandpas multi-band intercontinental transoceanic radio by Blaupunkt, Grundig, Telefunken, Stromberg-Carlson, or Capehart (that had all of the foreign countries listed}, here is a refresher.
At the time it seemed perfectly worthwhile listening to a foreign language radio transmission for hours on end and searching for the farthest country you could find, it was mesmerizing, and it drove you to create a "crystal set". 
 TRANSOCEANIC RADIOS
Korean and WW2 war vets all knew how to build "razor blade radios", and many kits were available by Rocket, Crystal, and Remco.

A foxhole-crystal set required no power, it worked off of the air-borne radio waves themselves, its range was dependant on the antenna (explaining, the designer-engineering training and twisted minds of most 8 year-olds) the perfect "Long line antenna would be a single bare wire 597-1857 feet long,  I used the downspout outside my bedroom, but those continuous grape arbor wires were the best.

We all mostly built these foxhole razor blade radios with a pencil stub or safety pin tuning...


 

Creating the headphones from an old telephone earpiece really did not work, making the headphone the most exotic, costly, and hard to find component... with the many "kits" being made, I got a two-ear set from a Rocket set, living 20 miles outside of the public square, I could get many local radio stations, but, the treats were getting KOMA in Oklahoma City KRLA in Los Angeles, and the monster XERF Tijuana midnight Rock show, Asia and Europe talk radio would come in as a rarity.

This era is important to creating a knowledge base about antenna design and learning about  am/fm frequencies, it is a pre-cursor to entering the two-way world of HAM radio, I mention the TransOceanics as a "bait" for trying out the Crystal radio attempts... expanding the world we live in, opening a huge door to becoming inquisitive and instilling research followed by design. Now "old-school" stuff ignored in our Internet-satellite-digital world.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

20 APRIL, 2019 - MVSOFEA DECK LOG - N AND D NAVY SEMAPHORE

We are in a holding pattern of Spring weather with 60 degree days intermittent and erratic showers, sun, light winds, and ..... ?
Been revisiting the memory closets for a refresh on Radio waves.... our spate of WiFi problems has me redesigning a fix, during this recall, I re-ventured into Radar, Sonar, and Silent running . . . or no radio contact.


Often it is important to keep communications between vessels off the airwaves, stealth or fishing fleet sightings and movements do not like to be announced and shared, in these cases usually flags or lights are used.  I stumbled over this interesting old factoid buried in the files and thought you might enjoy it.
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The peace symbol was designed and copyrighted in Britain in 1958 by Artist Gerald Holtom as a logo for the first UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND Rally and march), a still operative society. 

The peace symbol shape was taken from the naval flag codes used on runways and aircraft carriers, to mimic the code letters “N” and “D” to stand for "N"uclear "D"isarmament. 

In naval semaphore codes, the letter "N" is represented by a person holding two flags, with arms stretched down at a 45-degree angle. The letter "D" is represented by a person holding two flags, with one arm straight up and the other down.



It was then encircled with an "enso"  (Zen Circle) the emblem of Zen Buddhism,
a simple circle drawn with a single, broad brushstroke, a symbol of infinity that represents the infinite void and Satori (enlightenment.) 

Naval and Maritime silent signals are conveyed by semaphore or visual communications, like Aldis lamps using morse code, or by hand flags or maritime flags hoisted that use letters and numbers plus a color coded system of communication.


Most people believe other origins about this Hippie culture symbol, but it, in reality, has maritime origins.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

17 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - OPINION ARTICLE

great  OPINION Article by Bloomberg:










fishing vessel
File Photo: Altin Osmanaj / Shutterstock

By The Editors (Bloomberg Opinion) — Overfishing threatens disaster not only for fish, oceans and the food supply, but for fishing itself. The industry’s prosperity declines right along with populations of tuna, shark, swordfish and other species. Yet all over the world it persists in taking more fish than nature can replace.
If this practice seems foolish, still more so are government efforts to encourage it. The largest fishing nations spend tens of billions of dollars annually to help fishing companies pay for fuel and new vessels. The U.S. government has been a leader of international efforts to end subsidies, but is now proposing a new one of its own: low-interest loans for fishing-boat construction. The National Marine Fisheries Service should abandon this disturbing reversal of policy.
Subsidies make it possible for enormous boats to travel long distances to fish the deep waters that lie far from any coastline. More than half of this high-seas fishing would be unprofitable without subsidies. Curtailing it would boost populations of migratory fish, helping to restock coastal fisheries.
China provides the biggest subsidies for overfishing. Japan, Spain and South Korea spend heavily also. But in the U.S., beginning in the 1990s, both political parties came to recognize the problem and pull back. For many years, Congress barred appropriations for new boat loans, and in the late ’90s and early 2000s even spent millions on buying back vessels, gear and fishing permits. These days, most of the government’s investment in fishing goes to research, monitoring and conserving fish stocks, and other beneficial activities.
The U.S. has pushed to end other countries’ subsidies. Prohibitions against them are included in both the Trans-Pacific Partnership (which the U.S. subsequently discarded) and the yet-to-be ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The U.S. is also part of an ongoing effort at the World Trade Organization to cut subsidies for capacity. Agreement in that forum would be ideal, because it would encourage the broadest possible compliance. All this makes it especially counterproductive for the U.S. to change its approach.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has suggested a compromise: Allow subsidized loans, but only for vessels meant to operate in waters that aren’t overfished. This is no good. As Duke University economist Martin D. Smith has demonstrated, the subsidies have a cascading effect: When new boats are built, they replace older ones that then sail on to more exploited waters.
A better idea would be to support fishing in ways that don’t increase capacity and worsen overfishing — by investing in conservation and other efforts to replenish stocks, or by supporting activities such as fishing for ocean plastics.
Scientists are increasingly convinced of the nutritional value of fish — one more reason to avoid exhausting the earth’s abundance. The U.S. should resume its position as a leader on this issue. The proposal for new subsidies hasn’t been finally approved. Either the agency should rescind it, or Congress should step in.
© 2019 Bloomberg L.P

Sunday, April 14, 2019

15 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY !

AT THE PORT OF SIUSLAW

At 1500 Hrs today, it will be two full years in one berth here at POS . . . almost a record stay (in one location), actually 3 years "is" the record, and this is the norm, and we are going for the tie.

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 29 SEPTEMBER, 2018
                                                                               
In October 2019 we will have been aboard three full years, 
IN NOVEMBER 2019, THE M/V SO...FEA WILL BE 40 YEARS OLD
WEATHER, still grey, overcast, showers and sea-mist, 45-50 degrees day and night, fairly heavy overnight rain every night, this is a week-old pattern and it looks like another week is coming up.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

13 APRIL, 2019 - M/V SO...FEA DECK LOG - RIVER KAPPA

We have spent the last month talking about rivers and ice, Ducks, floods, runaway barges, balloons, plastic, sneaker waves, sea birds and such, but, we are not done yet!

Living on a river adjacent to the sea means that tidal flows create an exchange of salt water and fresh, not all sea creatures, and not all river creatures can tolerate the repeated  salt/fresh water change for very long periods of time . . . enter the Kappa:


Many are not aware of our Japanese ties and history, a few weeks ago, at a formal onboard So...fea poetry luncheon, we received notice of an’ya’s monster Tanka Poetry win in the UK (see the 26 MARCH entry), which evolved into a full-blown celebration, a poetry visitor onboard inquired about our little bronze statue that stands in our bronze suiseki doban, and, that began an afternoon of many questions … so, here is the full story:

This rare Japanese bronze 3" statuette sitting in our suiseki doban container is
called a “Kappa”, (a “river Imp” or “water-child”), shown here drinking from a gourd.


Coming from ancient Japanese folklore, Kappa are depicted as being physically about the size and shape of an 8 year-old child, or large monkey, Kappa walk erect, and are in human configuration (two eyes, arms, legs, head, neck, feet hands, etc) they live around/in rivers and ocean estuaries and large bodies of water, have webbed feet and hands, and a beak for an upper lip, their green skin resembles that of a frog, they have a bowl-like depression on top of their skull (their sara), that retains water (the source of the Kappa's power or life force when they venture ashore), if its liquid is spilled, the Kappa is severely weakened, or will die.

Some Kappa have turtle-like shell casings on their upper back, some are also hairy, they swim like, and smell like fish, they love cucumbers, some say their arms are connected to each other through the torso, and can slide from one side to the other.




There is matching folklore throughout all of Asia and Eastern Europe. The Chinese "Shui Gui",
or water monkey, the Kelpie of Scotland, the Neck of Scandinavia, the Siyokoy of the
Philippine islands, the frog-faced Vodyanoy known in Russia, and the Vodnik in the Czech
Republic and Slovakia.




Kappa stories range from funny to terrifying, often accused of assaulting or kidnapping humans
(especially children), and stealing horses and cattle that venture near the river, they are seen as mischievous troublemakers or tricksters with pranks ranging from relatively innocent to the malevolent, such as raping women and at times eating human flesh.


Folk beliefs claim the cucumber as their traditional favorite meal, offerings of cucumber are frequently made to the Kappa at festivals and picnics, there used to be a tradition where people would write the names of their family members on cucumbers and set them afloat into the streams to mollify the Kappa and prevent the family from ever coming to harm near, or on the rivers,
A Buddhist monastery Kappa

In some regions, it was customary to eat cucumbers or a cucumber-filled sushi roll is known as kappamaki "before" swimming as a protection, but in other regions it was believed that that act would guarantee an attack, still today, signs warning about Kappa are found all over Japan in many Japanese towns and villages around bodies of water.

A Kappa Public Garden


Kappa are obsessed with politeness and human tradition, and are considered to be extremely trustworthy and honest, so if a person makes a deep bow, it will return the gesture, this results in the kappa spilling the water held in their head "dish" (sara), rendering it unable to leave the bowing position until the bowl is refilled with water from the river in which it lives. If a person refills it, the kappa will serve that person for all eternity.
A similar weakness of the Kappa involves its arms, which can easily be pulled from its body. If an arm is detached, the Kappa will perform favors or share knowledge in exchange for the arms' return.
Another method of defeat involves sumo wrestling: challenging a kappa to wrestle is easily used to encourage the Kappa to spill the water from its sara. Kappa have an aversion to iron, sesame, and ginger. Kappa evolve too ! later generations have a cap to cover their sara with so it will not spill.
So, that is far more than you wanted to know about Kappa, but, now you are warned, rumor has it that they migrated here from the Japan Tsunami on flotsam.

On Oregon beaches we have "Sneaker Wave" warnings posted, in Japan they have "Kappa" warnings posted.




Thursday, April 11, 2019

11 April, 2019 - M/V So...fea - TREE HO !

We just concluded two earlier Deck Log entries about birds that we see in the water around So...fea, over last weekend, we saw something a little different in the water . . . a forest!
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We have had a 5 day all-day/all-night rain fest here (still going on today), the excitement over the weekend was a flood warning and lots of debris in the river. My camera and SmartPhone camera were not up to the task, but, I do have a very "few" photos to offer.

Finally taking a break, here is a recap. Having lived/worked on other river and delta outlets to the sea, we
learned that every so often Mother Nature simply flushes the toilet . . . Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone, Tsunami,
Gigantic snow melts and simple floods.
These are the times when you take down all of the wind bells and chimes, clear the decks of loose gear, break
out those fat storm fenders and mount fenders on both sides, double up on the dock lines, then stay up all night
to ward off Marine debris coming down river.

The wind and rains are the easy part, you learn the preparations of securing the boat, bringing aboard stores,
moving your vehicle out of harm's way (hopefully), and which weather channel you can trust (it always ends
with your gut feel being more accurate), you can be in full control here EXCEPT for what comes at you down
river . . . loose derelict boats (and even ships and barges), houses, boat sheds, icebergs, aircraft, grass, reeds and twigs,
dead trees and logs, 55-gallon drums and broken dock sections, automobiles, alive or even dead pets and animals,
fish (and sometimes humans).

There is no planning for this Marine debris, you have to improvise “as” it happens when it happens . . . but,
there is no “deal with it in the morning” allowed, that's why you stay dressed, awake, sober and vigilant . . .
the need to move locations or go to sea is always a possibility, so, you are sure to be fueled, watered up,
generator-ready and have a “Plan B” . . . now the wait (sometimes "nothing" happens.)

As you wait, and get hallucinations from fatigue you chuckle about all those dry-land brick and mortar house
dwellers who are right now “so panicked”, but you worry about their many unattended-forgotten-hobby boats
sharing these waters, are they tied down? You now question your wanting “not” to be nested safely in the inner
harbor with the non-view, side-by-side “little boxes” storage boats . . . surely this being a single tie, maxi-view,
 outside channel location was a smart move (where the full river/tidal flow passes) right?.

These three-day trials are part of “not” owning a home, of “not” just “existing” and ignoring Mother Nature,
and of staying in touch with your world (misguided as boat life is), but, most importantly, it is a part of
experiencing something the landlubbers never will.
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SATURDAY 6April;  Last nights all night wind storm gets the blame.... there is a flood warning up, and I assume a bank caved in up-river somewhere, we are seeing a "lot of debris today! the rain has not stopped since yesterday afternoon..50 degrees round the clock though.

Sunday: 0530 turned on the dock water and checked lines (after a windy rolly-polly night), had small marine
debris packed tight between the dock and hull, spent 1/2 hour clearing it out (until daylight), then observed all
of the intense debris coming down mid-river on the outgoing.

0900  loud hull squeaking sent me back out to free up another full load of side-debris, logs and small pinched
branches between us and the dock, meanwhile over on "C" dock, an entire 70-foot tree came down-river to rest awhile atop  the dock, it took chain saws to extricate it from  Dave Huntington's boat . . . I had a dead battery-camera so had to use the cell phone for these delayed poor quality photos, the Port removed it and set it free mid-river.

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1200-1600 spent most of the day deflecting river debris and keeping the hull-dockside clear of logs
(hull crushers), flood warnings issued and the river is unbelievably full of trees and debris.

1930 spent 45 minutes removing more pinched debris between hull-side and dock, installed our oversized storm
fenders to allow an additional 8 inches of wash space for flow, which seemed to really help.

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MONDAY
0130 got bow rammed hard with a 20 inch crooked 40 foot log complete with limbs and branches that wedged
between So...fea and the dock, rolling and making quite the racket, took 45 minutes pull it back against the tidal
flow and get it around the dock-end to the river (had to snag another monster log going by with the grappling
hook, tie a line on, and reverse pull the thing out as the log was released to head downstream again) lost a
40 foot line, but got it gone!

0430 Huge noise that lifted the bow upward 6 inches?!, and then began playing the keel like a violin...(with a
drum accompaniment), the dock end had a moss covered 4 1/2 foot diameter 10 foot wide tree base across
it being held by the tidal flow....eventually I saw a 5 foot tree limb  8 feet aft on the port bow-side that was
exiting at a 20 degree angle out of the water, probing around on the Starboard side I could not feel the other end,
the grinding was aggressive and non- stop. Unable to sleep with the noise level and being concerned about hull
damage, I persisted in trying to loosen the keel rub without luck.  

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The riverside edge of D, C and B dock ends is aligned to come inside of A dock (and head-on to the bow of So...fea).

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I apologize, out of 50 some odd photos taken only these could be salvaged.












CENTRAL OREGON PORT NEWS 7 OCTOBER 2020

THE CENTRAL OREGON PORT OF SIUSLAW, HAS A  PROTECTED 50 BOAT MAIN HARBOR WITH A ¼ MILE LONG  TRANSIENT DOCK EXTENSION FOR COMMERCIAL, SHORT ...