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Chasing the Queen

This moment lasted only a split second -- and then the wave flattened, the boats aligned themselves and the big ship turned more to starboard. The wave reared up after the fishing boat on the upper left cut off a cabin cruiser that turned sharply to the left to avoid it. It all happened as the QM2 arrived in San Francisco for its maiden visit on February 4, 2007. We were lucky to remain upright in our little ship the Pat. Pending, thanks to the sure hand of captain Mel Owen. (The Owens have had this 50-foot wooden motor yacht in their family since the 1930s and I am glad to say it remains seaworthy despite this wave off of our bow). One more note: I happened to sit next to a fishing boat captain at the Lighthouse Diner in Sausalito six years and twelve days after this shot. And he told me that he was a herring boat skipper and that he too had been out that day to see the Queen. I quickly pulled out my iphone with this photo -- not him, but he lit up and told me that aluminum herring boat on the left was "No Limit" captained by Walter McCarthy. That's Walter on deck. Sadly Walter passed away earlier this season (November, 2012). Thanks to the skipper i was able to contact Walter's son. i am hoping to send his wife a print..


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Taken on February 4, 2007