There is a fair bit, I think, I will need help with
towards pulling together all sorts of odds and ends to
consolidate the knowledge-base on matters 'Bolger'.
These 'Missions' will emerge in random occurrence as I
run up against a challenge, someone (or -two) amongst
you might have a (reasonably ?) handy way of resolving
for me. This one seems like a fine excuse to 'invest'
a long day in a road-trip - unless you are already
- Design #410 "Phouma" (Steel
Oceanographic Research Motorsailing Vessel) 96'6/125'
as stretched during construction x 16'x 3'6".
- Task: There are no decent photos
of her afloat in the files. It would be great to get
a bunch of high-res. ones from all angles.
- Location: Last seen in Eureka, CA,
north of the City, via Route 255, in the marina on the
south-side of Woodley Island. According to GOOGLE
EARTH she is on the outside of the western-most 300+
feet long floating pier. GOOGLE EARTH offers a few
shots of her from land and from water.
1. While she seems to still be securely tucked away
alongside a pier in the shadow of a sizable
barrier-island along the Pacific, topography suggests
that getting her full profile (unfortunately without
spars beyond her two masts) would require a watercraft
as a photo-platform or a very long lens w/ tripod
located to her South-West on the mainland (City).
2. As so often in matters photographic, timing
matters. She is oriented in a north-south position,
with bow facing south.
3. This being the
Pacific coastline with just a low barrier-island to
the west or of course from afloat, the best lighting I
would assume would be between early afternoon all the
way up to sunset.
4. Weather might be a challenge, as nearby a
test-facility pioneered instrument landing due to
frequent and 'reliably' heavy fog.
5. No 'per diem' available. Just a fine excuse to hit
Highway 101 to go and see #410...
- Her owner lives in Eureka. Last year I talked with
him on friendly terms. Depending upon his
perspective, he might collaborate in this 'Mission'
perhaps with on-deck access or even perhaps below.
It could be that eventually she would be available for
a new and unusual mission in light of her very
unorthodox proportions and layout.
But first the visuals 'for the record' with
photographer duly referenced in photo-credits later.
So there it is. Cue the theme...
"Should you accept this mission...yadayadah...will
self-destruct in 10 seconds !"
Susanne Altenburger, PB&F