I flew down to the ship the other day to see how they are coming with the paint and the repairs. The painting is really coming along; I stayed out of the way of the guys with the long paint sticks, but I am impressed how much they have gotten done since I saw it last. The very bottom of the ship is a nice red color and it has a black line above that and then the standard grey. They also put a bunch of numbers on the front of the ship for some reason. Continue reading
I went to visit the ship in dry dock the other day and it looks like they are taking it apart ! I have no idea why they would want to do this to such a fine old ship.
It looks like they are trying to take the propeller off and they have cut big holes in the side of the ship at the bottom near the rudder. Continue reading
After the little robots scraped all the paint off the ship they are replacing it with new paint.
First they put big towers up next to the ship and then men in things that look like space suits got up on the towers and sprayed paint on the ship. Right now it looks like a checkerboard with two colors of paint.
I wonder if they are going to leave it like this or if they are going to put on different colors ? The men on the towers are very brave to be that far off the ground, but they are also dangerous because they have long sticks that shoots the paint onto the sides of the ship. I think that if they got a chance they would probably try to squirt me with the paint. Continue reading
I have been commuting back and forth from the ship in dry dock to my nest at Pier 45 on Fisherman’s Wharf. This time of the year there are many gulls around because the California Gull frequently migrates to San Francisco Bay during the winter.
From April until August many of my relatives fly east to the nesting site at Mono Lake. They return to San Francisco Bay to spend the winter because the weather is very cold at the lake. Mono lake is the second largest gull rookery in the United States. The largest is the Great Salt Lake far across the mountains and the big desert. Some day I hope to visit the big salt lake and see if I can find any of my relatives. It is a long flight and I’m not sure how I will find food along the way. The great thing about Mono Lake is that it is filled with brine shrimp and everyone loves to eat brine shrimp. Continue reading
The workers at the dry dock start when it is still dark in the morning. There is all kinds of yucky stuff growing on the bottom of the ship that will have to be scraped off so the painting can be done. The ship is sitting on a bunch of giant concrete and wooden blocks and I wonder how they are going to be able to paint under the blocks? Continue reading