In January 2012, I was invited to ride on the Jeremiah O’Brien for its trip to dry dock for repairs, cleaning and repainting. The JO’B is one of the last surviving Liberty Ships from WWII, now converted to a museum, permanently docked in San Francisco.
We left at 5:30 . . . before dawn . . . on a cold and rainy morning. The heaving ship and dark conditions forced me to work at maximum ISO to freeze the action with mostly sub-1-second shots, as tugboats shoved us around SF’s waterfront, from Fisherman’s Wharf to the BAE shipyards at Pier 70. It was a really fun and surreal experience, definitely out of my element.
She was in dry dock for about a month. I was lucky enough to be on the short list of people allowed into the shipyard to shoot her and I was the only one to do it at night.
I managed 3 trips to the yard that month to shoot the restoration progress.