Yesterday, on my 4-week anniversary of arriving on Kwaj, I finally got on a boat.
I took a catamaran to nearby Ebeye and back, although I didn’t get off the boat as I had to get back for work.
The Marshallese workers on Kwaj daily go to/from their homes on Ebeye on a ferry (the ferries are free, you just swipe your badge and go through a little security checkpoint). One of the ferries broke down, though, so a pair of catamarans took up the slack yesterday. I was riding on the Private Sorenson, named for a WWII soldier who threw himself on a Japanese grenade during the Marine landing of Kwajalein Atoll (he did survive).
This is Little Bustard, the island just north of Kwaj on the eastern reef. We’re in the lagoon, looking eastward to the ocean (the greener water is the shallow water along the reef edge, separating the lagoon from the ocean).
This is Ebeye, about a 20-minute ride from Kwaj. Ebeye is only about 80 acres, but is home to well over 10,000 people. A lot of people on the boat were taking fresh water from Kwaj back to their families, as living conditions on Ebeye are pretty poor.
Approaching the pier at Ebeye. Kwaj is off in the distance, on the right side of the photo.
Ebeye near the pier.
Looking back south towards Kwaj.
Navy ship that accidentally ran into the pier a couple weeks ago.
The ship on the left is the USS Worthy. They do a lot of mission-related work, such as going out near the terminal area and scanning stuff with their radars. The boat moving towards us is one of the Ebeye ferries, and the boat docked behind the ferry is the other catamaran, Private Anderson (named for another WWII marine who was killed by a grenade at Kwajalein Atoll).