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In this photo, the Manukai is departing Oakland Outer Harbor with Treasure Island and the east span of the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background. The tug on the stern is the Sea Eagle and the tug on the bow is the Silver Eagle of Oscar Niemeth Towing.
 

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"MANUKAI" was the last ship I sailed in with the Sailors Union of the Pacific.

Like myself, she was built in Baltimore. My father worked in the yard at Sparrows Point and it was common on launching days to open the yard to worker's families as well as the dignitaries in the official launching party. I have a vague memory of her sliding down the ways as "Hawaiian Enterprise".

Little did I know many years later, I would be sailing in her. After signing on and telling my father about being onboard, he mentioned that his father who had worked in the adjoining steel mill also operated by Bethlehem Steel, had almost certainly rolled some of the steel used to construct her.

I could often find the Beth Steel logo stamped into various parts of her structure and always felt like I wasn't that far from home.

Beth Steel built good, solid and very seaworthy ships and I am guessing today, there aren't too many left on the world's oceans.
 

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