Gidday Chloe, a large glass of cold pineapple juice with a few cubes of ice, please.
YGW. If you don’t mind a rambling Bears History of The World and Things, read on.
“How are you connected to Hawaii?”
Well, it is also in the Pacific Ocean.
What we tend to forget, it that prior to the US Transcontinental Railroad completion in 1869, and the earlier Panama Railway, completed in 1855, the quickest route to California was around Cape Horn. Considering that the Californian Gold Rush which ran from 1848 to 1855, it is not hard to see that the sea route was extensively used.
The big problem in the sea route was Cape Horn, a notorious sailors’ graveyard, complete with strong winds, huge waves, competing currents, and icebergs; the East to West voyage made even more difficult as it was going against the prevailing wind. (This was in the days of sail, though as one of those ironical foot notes of history, with the advent of steamers, their coaling stations in South America were generally replenished by sailing ships!) There are documented cases where sailing ships have turned around and sailed east in the Roaring 40s, passing below the Cape of Good Hope, and below or between Australia and New Zealand to reach California.
What also has to be taken into consideration is distance. New York to San Francisco round Cape Horn is a voyage of 13328 nautical miles (15337 miles) whereas between Auckland and San Francisco is a mere 5680 nautical miles (6536 miles).
So, largely forgotten in the annuals of history is that from New Zealand’s early days, starting circa 1790s, there was a small but reasonably vigorous trade between the US West Coast and New Zealand, and Hawaii would have been as good as place as any to top up the water supplies if required.
Hawaii remained as a port of call not only with steam ships but was a refuelling stop for airliners flying not only from NZ but Australia, as well. In fact, it is only recently with the new long haul airliners that NZ to San Francisco, Los Angeles, or even Vancouver is now nonstop, though Hawaii remains a popular tourist destination.
As far as pineapple on food goes, is that long before the American Fast Food giants unfortunately found their way here, starting in the 1970s, a local “Hawaiian Burger” basically consisted of a minced beef pattie, a ham steak, pineapple, lettuce and mayonnaise; various burger bars had their own variations.
Galaxy, I wish you well with your new job and hope, apart from the financial aspect, you find it mentally satisfying, just don’t go busting your foo-foo valve.
der5997, most definitely the roast beef will be pink in the middle!!
Down in this part of the South Pacific the naming of a cyclone depends on whether it formed in either the designated Fiji or Australia regions, and is taken from the next alphabetic letter. So, Debbie was the fourth Australian region cyclone for the year, while Cook was the third from the Fiji region.
Lake Rotorua lies in the crater of a volcano that apparently erupted 230,000 years ago, last Tuesday. The area is still geothermically active, Mount Tarawera, some 15 miles south east of Rotorua, last erupted in 1886, with the loss of an estimated 120 folks. Operating a model railroad in an atmosphere that contains hydrogen sulphide (with its associated rotten egg smell) is why I’m a big fan of the “John Allen” track cleaning cars.
A view of Lake Rotorua, including Mokoia Island taken from home.
Herrinchoker, have sent a PM.
Thoughts and Best Wishes to All that need them.
Cheers, the Bear.