I was drawn by good weather to Pier 1 this afternoon. I’ve missed a lot of the visitors to the log pier, as the old dock opposite it has been in the process of being ripped up and (I hope) refurbished.
I picked my way across the exposed bents to get to a decent vantage point for the first time in months.
The ship that’s tied up, the Swakop, is especially shiny and new-looking, so I checked what I could find about her. Marinetraffic.com’s info indicates her build date as 2013, and really, that looks plausible. But there’s other info that indicates that she had a former name, and very few details are available.
I have to guess that the “former name” was a builder’s placeholder, waiting for the buyer to take possession and properly name her.
Not only is the paint new enough that the crew probably still smells it, there isn’t a single chain-mark on her bow, and her anchor appears to have never seen a harbor’s bottom. On top of that, she’s got that newfangled (and none-too-pretty plumb bow that’s all the rage in naval architecture these days.