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69220Mission #1 in support of PB&F

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  • phil.bolger
    Jan 18, 2013
      Hello All.
      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 there...
      Mission #1:
      - 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.

      - Challenge
      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
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