Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hawaii's Highway

A      L      O      H       A   !
Most goods come to Hawaii by ship

William Matson (1849–1917)
 was the founder
of the Matson Navigation Company.
 He was born in 
Lysekil in Västra Götaland
CountySweden,
 and orphaned during childhood.
He arrived in 
San Francisco
after a trip around 
Cape Horn in 1867.
Working aboard the Spreckels family yacht,
he struck up a friendship with sugar tycoon
Claus Spreckels,
 who financed many of Matson's new ships.
 In 1882 the three masted schooner
Emma Claudina
ran to the 
Hawaiian Islands
.
The enterprise began in the carrying of merchandise,
especially of plantation stores, to the islands
and returning with cargoes of sugar. "

Wikipedia

LINK





Click photo to see the cars aft.
Those tiny boxes amidships
tower over one's car as trucks take
them about our highways.


" Matson is credited with
 introducing mass tourism to 
Hawaii
 with the opening of the historic Moana Hotel
(March 11, 1901
 now known as the Moana Surfrider Hotel)
 and the 
Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki
 on the island of Oahu. "


Wikipedia






CLICK TO ENLARGE Tiny Barge!
Barges like this one,
 towed by great oceangoing tugs,
 take goods from Honolulu Harbor
to the neighbor islands













Many shipping lines call at Honolulu



" The sincere friends of this world
 are as ship lights
 in the stormiest of nights. "


Giotto di Bondone 







Do click on photo to see
 aircraft on the runway behind ship

" Four hoarse blasts
 of a ship's whistle
 still raise the hair 
on my neck 
and set my feet 
to tapping. "

John Steinbeck 




Aircraft, 
like this jumbo military fellow,
 bring people,
and time-sensitive supplies.
Hawaiian Airlines is regularly
the most on-time airline
in America!


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             Warmly, cloudia


16 comments:

Brian Miller said...

from such humble beginnings...and yet look what he did...smiles.

Brian Miller said...

aloha..
sorry have not slept tonight
ao running on fumes...smiles.

kaykuala said...

Steinbeck's quote is great! Nicely Cloudia!

Hank

EG CameraGirl said...

I cannot imagine myself living on an island in the Pacific, Cloudia, so far from the mainland. But I have never been to Hawaii so don't have an accurate idea of what it's really like there where just about everything is taken there on ships. Perhaps it's not all that different from Ontario as most of what we have here is also brought in from other places - not much of what I see in stores is actually from Ontario. Thanks for this post with much to ponder.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

You posted some marvelous pictures of ships.

Ships are a sight that should gladden the heart.

the walking man said...

I'd like to go asea in the Pacific. Especially about now.

Birdman said...

I'm with Stienbeck on this one.

Karen S. said...

Thank you for this ship-full post! I do love the back story to them all. We enjoy a bit of ship history in Duluth and do it when possible. They have a list that comes out for each ship coming to shore, and we'd grab a sheet (in season of course) and sit in the revolving restaurant and watch them glide in! What fun it is.

Karen S. said...

Thank you for this ship-full post! I do love the back story to them all. We enjoy a bit of ship history in Duluth and do it when possible. They have a list that comes out for each ship coming to shore, and we'd grab a sheet (in season of course) and sit in the revolving restaurant and watch them glide in! What fun it is.

TexWisGirl said...

thank goodness for transport.

Mike said...

When we were there it was was mentioned that there was a five day supply of fuel on hand for the power plants at any one time. I hope they have increased that supply by now. Five days is not a long time.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Long before planes there have always been ships... Love to see photos of the old sailing ships.. Happy weekend Cloudia.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I've made it out to the islands twice.

On the 2nd trip back (it seems so much longer coming back, against the time zones), a baby cried the entire flight.

"How could this be possible," my sister and I wondered.

As we were getting off the plane, we heard someone say, "As soon as one would go to sleep, the other would wake up and start crying."

TWINS!
~

Myrna R. said...

It's pretty amazing how these islands, so far from everything get supplies. Now I know. Can't wait to go back.

Anonymous said...

Da barge doesn't look so little for interisland transport of important stuff. Thanks for the history. I remember driving past all of those Matson boxes at Kauai's port to find the menehune fish ponds. DrumMajor

Cloudia said...

Thanks!!!