Re: [bolger] Mission #1 in support of PB&F
- It looks like Phouma (Phuma) is a USCG registered vessel, details here:Built by Dr. J. Gast a professor at Humbolt State University, between 1984 and 1991 I think.
I had emailed you off list about this and got no answer, I presume your spam filter did it in as my email routing makes most filters go on alert. I came north on 5 instead of 101. I am back in AK now, the next time I will be down there is this next fall and if nobody else takes it on I could take a look during the winter.
On 5/13/2013 9:02 AM, philbolger@... wrote:Any news on anyoneâ€™s interest in pursuing this proposal ?
Susanne Altenburger, PB&FHello 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...
- 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