Thursday, August 17, 2006

Stone sea and volcano

Maiken cruising through a sea of stones

This volcanic island rose from the sea in front of us.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie those photos are completely bizarre. What an amazing experience. Can we put that on our itinerary for September.



9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you have a great time sailing to Oz with JB. See you soon!


2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an experience, Fredrik and Crew. It must have been scary. Like what Fred said, the sea still has a lot of surprises. I'm Tongan but now resides in Suva, Fiji. About 3-4 weeks ago, I saw heaps and heaps of this greyish stuff covering the seafront of Suva-Point. They are still there now (Nov. 8th). Anyone who drives along Fletcher Road, can easily see the grey blanket covering the mudflats and mangroves along the Vatuwaqa Bridge.

Excellent photos.

'Ofa atu and happy sailing
Vilimaka Foliaki

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that trully is an amazing sight! Thanks for documenting it.

Tongan Girl in Dallas, Tx.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures with us. My 2nd grader son had a school project here in Hawaii on volcanic islands and we did some research. These pictures came right in time. He was so, so excited to share with his class what happened in his island kingdom (Tonga).

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG - what an AMAZING sight - you guys must be feeling so surreal! Its awesome, keep sending pics! Just think... you could name the new island!

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks, guys, for posting the pictures. I'll never see anything like it. Lucky you!

1:03 AM  
Blogger Ron Yoscak said...

What an event to witness, thank you for the pix. Stay safe and have a great trip. 6 o'clock news didn't scope you on this one.

3:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool!

What a fantastic experiance.

Good luck guys

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should put your name on the island or islets and named them err...
You are now the likes of columbus, magellan and vespucci who named the americas and the philippines. Good 4 you all.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you keep the island and start a new nation ?

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crew of the Maiken. It would appear you have had the privilege of observing something that few people on earth have seen other than on TV or their PC's. I found your photo's to be excellent , giving the observer an excellent portrait of what was taking place.

Your other photo's are great as well and I enjoyed your log.

Hope you have many other good adventures during your trip. Walter lane, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saw you on

7:39 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

I'm amazed. Thanks for posting those great pictures!!!!!!!

7:59 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

Wow great pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:00 AM  
Blogger Jola said...

Wow! What an amazing experience. Swimming with whales, sailing through pumice rafts, waking up to a new island being formed right in front of your eyes... I never knew sailing could be so adventurous. And to think, I first read about your chronicles on This is one blog I will follow!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that is so cool, I have spent 5 years on the water and saw some cool things but you guys have seen something truly amazing. I also looked at some of your other photos and they are very nice as well. I saw your story on cnn news web site and tracked you down. I can not wait to show my 5 year old the volcano pics. I am also going to save your site and check in on what you guys are up to. It makes me miss my days on the water. Peace and safty to you.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are just incredibly fortunate to have been there. There are few things more "once-in-a-lifetime" than what you've experience. Thanks for sharing it.

8:08 AM  
Blogger Woody (Tokin Librul/Rogue Scholar/ Helluvafella!) said...

those are some KEWL fotos...
you oughta be the ones allowed to name the new island, inasmuch as you seem to have been the folks who 'discovered it...
what a neat thing!

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am envious of your discovery! You are like the Christopher Columbus of Tonga! Cheers!

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume you saw your article on Fox:,2933,228385,00.html

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great discovery. Safe journeys.


8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a once in a lifetime event



8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello crew of the Maiken. Your findings of the "new Island" has made front page headlines on CNN International. Congratulations on witnesssing what few have.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly me. Here is the link on

What a great adventure. I will be following your journey.

Dallas, Tx.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing natural phenomenom caught on pictures. I hope to see more pictures. I can imagine what a breathtaking experience it's all been.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Awesome pics! There's nothing like Mother Nature showing us that she is much more powerful than we'll ever be.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty Cool. You should post the pictures bigger if you can.


8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those pictures are awesome!
--Cathy in USA

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick....go back and claim it in the name of God and some country. Who knows, you might go down in history!

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating. I envy you…

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching the volcanic island online pictures were amazing. Good luck and may you enjoy your exploring.

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful pix, thanks!
Martin in London

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the kind of news that makes reading the NEWS worthwhile.
Wish I could be there....

9:22 AM  
Blogger brad said...

This was finally (?) picked up by AP today. Interesting happenings out at sea.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, thanks to I am here in Newark, NJ, USA looking at these marvelous photos - thank you!

9:30 AM  
Blogger Rosendito said...

You are fortunate to run across what will some day be another Hawaii

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the story on CNN then tracked down your weblog. How exciting!!!! What a great experience! And to be the first ones to see it, incredible! I'll be watching your blog from now on!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pictures!! Thanks a ton for posting :)

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got to you through a link on CNN. You'll be getting lots of hits I suspect. What you've seen is not unique but pretty rare. Probably a new shield volcano. Hard telling how big the island will get, and when you will be able to build your retirement home on it!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the depth of the sea in the area of the pumas

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was struck by both the sense of fear one must have felt being so close to a very active volcanic area in a yacht, and the wonderous discovery to be the first humans to see a new landmass emerge from the ocean.



10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool. How did the wildlife deal with it? BB

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that is the most amazing thing ever! I heard about your story on today (Nov. 9th) and then found your blog. How exciting!!


10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly Awesome - what a wonderful experience it had to be to see this happen right in front of your eyes. Thanks for Sharing,
Melinda / Jackson, Tn

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Amateur geology buffs like me all over the world are THRILLED by your story and photos! This is just plain extremely cool (or hot, as the case may be). Congratulations on your luck of coming across this once-in-a-lifetime vision!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating! May they call this new island: "Maekin Bakin"? Have a safe voyage home.
A. Wray
Canadian sailor

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what an experience! I wish you a safe voyage. Dave McMann

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing those pictures! What a wonderful experience.
Happy Days,

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

holy crap that was cool

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are about to become unbelievably famous. What an experience! The birth of an island, and modern technology allows you to share your finding with the world. Thank you for blogging.

Steven C.
ps Wish I could join you.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am an elementary science teacher, can you post the GPS coordinates so my students can look this up on Google Earth? (I know it won't show the pumice, but just to give them an idea of where it is.)


11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pictures are awesome. I can't imagine what it must have been like in real life. Find more!!!

Regards from The Hammock, FL

11:18 AM  
Blogger John Wesley said...

That is the coolest thing I've seen on the ocean. You are very fortunate. What an experience.

John Wesley

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic! All the satillites and armchair science in the world will never make discoveries like this. Congradulations on experiencing the birth of an island first hand.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly a once in a life time experience there. Good job on the photos.


11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly a once in a life time experience there. Good job on the photos.


11:22 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

These are incredible pictures. Thanks for posting them.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, excellent pictures. Thank you for sharing, kudos on your find!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, simply awesome!

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome, simply awesome! You folks are the first to see an island being formed! Awesome!

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Crew on Maiken
Your volcanic experience does not surprise me. A few years ago I was
100 Feet under water E of Fiji when I ran into a large shower of pumice pieces. Something like being in a meteor shower in a sequence of Starship Enterprise but under water. Good luck in the future.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to see you photos!!! WOW!
I wish I were there...Post more if you can.

-Freebird, NC

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see any right pointbreaks? Might need to charter your boat for a little surf exploration. Pumice barrells, oh yeah.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie, what an incredible sight. Can you walk on the floating stone? Ciao, Matthew

12:46 PM  
Blogger Wettengel said...

What is the lat long of the new island?

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These photos are breathtaking, to be the first to see an island being born,what a treasure in itself. But to share this phenomenon is very gracious of you,thank you so much. From Canada

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome Photos!! Wow, I wish I could be there to check it out! Please post more photos if you could!! Thanks!

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, this is amazing! Thank you sharing with the world :)

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should consider claiming the island as your own, I know it seems rather selfish, but when will you have the chance to do it again?

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photos of the new island. Quite interesting. Best of luck and may the wind always be at your back.

Ann Arbor Michigan

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guy's have to be some of the most fortunate, blessed men on earth imagine witnessing something this spectacular. THAT'S AWSOME!!!

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this and for the fabulous photos - next best thing to being there.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I would love to witness such an event.
Mr. NoNaMe

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! wish I could witness such an event.
Mr. NoNaMe

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey those pics are amazing. The picture shots of the "Sea of Stone" are just incredible. Thank you for sharing this with us.


Proud Tongan living in my own sea os stone......... (USA) hahahahaha

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a sea of floating rocks, these pictures are amoung the most amazing i have ever seen
inman, sc

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am curious what the tall structure is in pic8. Is that part of the volcano? It looks so alien!

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photos Maiken. This event is a once in a lifetime experience. Wish i was there to see for myself.
Happy sailing guys.

Mike B

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our great planet at work. Thanks for allowing us to experience this work of nature.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you guys aware that you have your own discussion thread on

check it out:

Congrats on seeing the volcano, that must be so incredible!

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! My jaw has dropped. How lucky!! So jealous... Great photos, guys!! Thanks for sharing!!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magnificent. Wish I was there.
John Pasko.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Events like these keep the child-like wonder, mystery, and excitement about life alive in all of us. Thanks for sharing and reminding us that there are natural wonders (big and small alike) happening all around us if we pay attention.

Tracked your blog down after reading an article on I can't wait to share with others!

Hermosa Beach, CA

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw your story on CNN and like others had to track your site down. Thanks for taking the time to document it not to mention sharing it with the world. Very fascinating! Congrats on the great find! Now all you need is some video footage! :) Many thanks!
California USA

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rock for finding this discovery. Way to go. Thanks for the pics to show the world your awesome find. Imagine if Chris Columbus had access to a blog spot. You rule.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Milumbar said...

You are so lucky. I have always wanted to see an active volcano. And to see it pop out of the ocean is extra special.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fascinating photos! I would never have imagined that volcanoes at sea could produce so much floating pumice, and thank you very very much for sharing this natural wonder with us.

Good luck and good travels, please keep us posted with any updates if you have the opportunity. This type of eye-opening enlightenment is truly what makes the web a great place.

Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous Web Dude in Austin, TX

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic beyond words !!! Such beautiful pictures !!! I really envy you chaps being at the right place and at the right time. Keep on posting those pics and maybe make them bigger if you can. Thanks.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as someone who has spent time on Nauru I think those pictures and your adventure truly fabulous.
John,Paju City,South Korea.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh, name the island Maiken Island after your ship that brought you there.

Cool, and thanks again.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:23 PM  
Blogger sunmines said...

You MUST name the island Maiken Island after your ship that brought you there.


Thanks for sharing, good luck and good sailing.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are lucky. Creation right before your eyes, while sailing through vast expanses of sea.Fantastic pictures.


9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool pictures. Your discovery has made it to the front page of (story here).

I sure wish I was sailing around in the Pacific.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Amazing!!!

Have you named it yet?

Just a friendly word of concern... If the Volcano superheats the water around you, you may find yourself non-bouyant due to the imbalance of gas in the water versus the displacement of your boat. It may be best to keep your distance on this one or it may become a quick trip to the bottom.


Burt in Ventura, California

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said....
Fredrik it should blow your mind being at right place at right time to encounter mother nature creation as it happen....thank you for sharing this.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderful shots, found you also by cnn and searched all over for the pics then found the your blog.

great job on the pictures.

mark, nc

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pretty fascinating stuff. congratulations.

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the beautiful pictures, what a wonderful experience to witness such an event like this especially a new island, do you think the king of tonga should name the island after you, that would be nice i hope you've enjoyed your trip to the friendly island of tonga especially vava'u. thanks again for the picture.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm really curious about this floating pumice - how floaty was it? Could humans ride on top of it? How about birds? Does it hold together? What can you tell us about it?

Thanks muchly,
J in New Westminster

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely fascinating. I'm mesmerized.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NASA has posted an Image from Space of the New Island.

Where can I get High Res images mof this floating Pumice?

2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

INCREDIBLE! You sailed upon a miracle of nature; the Earth giving birth to new land and life. I want to know how quickly you are going back. Previous notes have said you should name the island. There shouldn’t be any debate over this issue. Please, please go ahead and officially name the new land. You deserve it. Hard won, Earned!

Koolkel - Florida

2:11 AM  
Blogger Pedro Man said...

Wow, mind-blowing. I wonder how it felt being the witness of this natural phenomenon at such a remote location. Bon voyage, Tom Hall, Netherlands

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great !! :)

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah... looks like you stumbled across r'lyeh!

4:42 AM  
Blogger Obbop said...

Obviously a terrorist plot!!!!!

Quick!!!! Call GW Bush to save us all!!!!!!

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where you guys worried about you safety at all.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How incredible - I vote you name it! After all how many humans, ever, have had the privaledge of seeing what you saw live and in person?

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought watching dolphins, whales etc. would be best on the sea, but watching the birth of new land is even better! How will you call the island?
Besides, you are going to become famous: e.g. with all the best from Austria

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome - we just studied how volcanic islands are formed. Thanks for sharing!! 8th Grade Science 3rd Period Class, George West, Texas

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing it with the world. As world is changing, we too.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing. And I thought Tahiti was interesting!

Angie in Idaho, USA

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. what amazing pictures.
so what are you gonna name the island since you discovered it?

what was the water conditions around the island? very warm id guess.
can we use that third pic as an album cover?
check out our band

also. wow.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good day Captain -

I am a route analyst working with Applied Weather Technology and was extremely interested in your story of the island and sea of pumice.

I also note that you may have had M/E problems associated. I was hoping to gather the lat-lon of the 'sea of stone' and of the actual 'island'...and to find out the extent of your main engine problem.

One last thing...was the decrease in forward speed (7 down to 1 knot) due to caution, friction or mechanical problem? Thank you in advance if you have the time to answer. Fair winds and following seas.

Best regards -
AWT Operations

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for publishing this.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marvelous pics. Any input from the science community regarding the volcano's natural history? Can we see it on google earth?

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great Simon Winchester's book 'Krakatoa' to see just what can be embedded in pumice....regards Cas

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is just incredible. I wonder how many people, other than you two, have ever seen an island being born?

2:01 PM  
Blogger jasgrave333 said...

nice pics!

biblical times eh?

I saw three mounds from the central "volcanoe"... interesting...

2:33 PM  
Blogger Gavin Elster said...

outstanding blog post. Those are some amazing pictures. do you have the gps location of that formation?

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so lucky to be in the right place at the right time...Remember in one of Patrick O'Brian's books in which Jack Aubry and Stephen Maturin sail right smack into one of these?

4:45 PM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...


how about naming it 'johnny dollar island?'


4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these historical pix! How amazing!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Wonderous (& just a bit scary)

Ol Bill

O.B. hails from the Micro Cruiser's SubGroup @:

7:54 PM  
Blogger Robster said...

Icredible. Thanks for sharing with us, not that you could have held back. I have to admit, it would be incredible, if foolhardy to dive there. But it would make for great tv to see someone take a submersable to document it.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Astonishing photos! Congratulations on seeing something few people in history have ever seen; the birth of a new land.

Are you tired of the Call of Cthulhu references yet? You will be!

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very lucky to see that, wish i could have been there. :)
Good luck in future!

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. It's beautiful... Lucky U :)

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nu har ni blivit internetkändisar.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finders keepers right?

11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Truly unbelievable! To have the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time to witness a once in a lifetime event like that, I'm insanely jealous. Thank you for sharing your remarkable photographs.

West Hollywood, CA

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Few realize how fortunate you have been to witness this event. The volcanology community will be eternally greatful that you have posted these amazing pictures. Thank you so very much!

University of Hawaii

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for let me know what's going on just in front of my door. Great pictures!

Greetings from Vava'u

12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might be interested to know that William Gibson (one of the most influential authors of the past thirty years) also thinks your pictures are very cool!

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly a once in a life time experience there

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's so great. i'm studying earth science(in Zurich) as i'm very intrested in volcanoes. what had happened there we only spoke about in theory, i never thought that something like this could happen just like that!!! it's awesome!!!

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Kelly steered me to your web site. Great Pictures! What an adventure. Your former Tree of Life mate, Jim Urner (Kelly's cousin). Still love the picture of you hanging upside down from the bow sprit cables. All the best.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Pics or it didn't happen....well it happened alright.

Next question...what does it rate?

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fine example of being in the right place at the right time. Thank you for sharing.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made in China?

No,really wonderfull experience. Thanks for sharing

12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might want to check your raw water strainer.......

5:31 AM  
Blogger lacombe said...

Great photos! So do you have naming righs on this ne chunk of real estate?

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool looks like the surface of the moon...even more amazing is that your experience is as rare as the man on the moon...

Thank you for sharing...I have to visit this on my trip to Vava'u!!!

Thank you...


10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the story on and they fortunately provided a link to your web site. I consider myself lucky even to see such awe-inspiring photos. Surreal. Probably, these are once-in-a-lifetime events.

Thanks for sharing such photos with the rest of the world.

Happy voyage,
Anant Rao

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is really interesting. I saw the link on CNN, makes you wonder what's on there.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that is really incredible!

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jim Goldstein said...

Very cool! I had read about this and wanted to see photos. This is incredibly neat to see. Thanks for posting this.

I've referenced your blog entry on my site:

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am teaching science in Oklahoma City. What a great story! Thanks, Lorna

9:26 PM  
Blogger Divine Fluff said...

Fantastiska bilder! Vilken upplevelse det måste ha varit!!!
Hälsningar från Canada.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you took pictures!!!! What a treat for those of us who weren't there to see it firsthand!!!

Happy sailing!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why is it noone has mentioned the apparent "launch craft" in the second to last pic of the island.
notice in all the rest of the pics, the steam comes from the majority of the uprising in the water.. except for the second to last pic with the anonomly.. the "steam" is very localized and centered underneith what i can only decribe after blowing up the pic.. what looks like some sorta launchable craft..or rocket.. the nosecone is apparent, as is the launch structure support beam, check it out for your self

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie, kudos for sharing those pictures with all of us.

Volcanologists out there are probably wishing that they were on board with you to witness one of mother nature's many miracles.

Wow, amazing to see the formation of an island...wasn't there another island off Moungaone, that recently popped out of the ocean then receded? Just curious...


Kepi Foliaki

1:08 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

amazing photos!

2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, it was awsome experience to see some god-like thing like this. i personally very very interesting in these scientic and geografic forms of island, space, .....etc. i was shock interally by the news. it is COOL!

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences; and those photos were awesome.

Sadhana (San Francisco)

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Very, very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Vacaville, CA

2:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Tongan, residing in Sydney, Australia, I'm am very amased at you discovery mate. No doubt the new island should be name Fredrik Island or Maiken Island. Thanks for putting our small nation on the map. About 12-15 years ago an island appeared not far from there and they named it Lomu Is. after the great rugby legend Jonah Lomu who played for the New Zealand All Blacks. That Island dissapeared after a few months. Theres birth of new babies,companies, even nations but how rare it is to witnessed the birth of a new Island. You're one in a million, mate! Hopefully this will help our economy with tourism. Not only people can get to swim with whales they can see new islands being formed.

Cheers mate!

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are some amazing photos.Thanks so much!

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

simply's beautiful yet spooky images.
thnx for sharing.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Maiken Crew and especially Fred for sharing what you've witnessed and experienced. Even Tongans themselves couldn't have taken great pictures like you did or have recorded anything that close.

Lucky that you guys were right in there and even luckier that you got out of it on time before the volcano had any chance to blow off you guys as well.

Anyways, as another Tongan would say "malo 'aupito e ngaue lelei" (thank you very much for such good job).

Best of luck out in the ocean.

'Anaseini Tonga
San Francisco

PS: I've printed the pictures to keep in an album with courtesy of Frank and Maiken Crew.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A truly amazing experience. So glad that we are all able to share this with you via the internet. Keep those pictures coming.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an amazing experience!! I am proud of you for taking those pictures. They are beautiful. It's great to see people that cares and share with others. It must be a great experience for you to see a birth of an island. Good luck and hope for some more picture in the future.

'Ofa atu, from Hawaii.

Vika Fine

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience.. its a once in a life time chance to witness such an event...faamanuia and safe journey to you and the crew...

much alofa's
from Samoa

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! Does anyone know if the Pringle family still resides in nukualofa? Allister Pringle. Maybe you could pass on this email if you know of him. I was a service member that stayed with his family for a few days once upon a time.
A New Island. How about that!

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow these are very cool it must have been an awesome experience. thanks for the photos because you helped with my 9th grade science might of got me closer to my A+++++!

The hopefull A+ girl.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, claim that wonder of nature that You´ve witnessed as yours, for Human Kindness. Peace, GREENPEACE.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need not assume that the new island is automatically the possession of the Kingdom of Tonga. I am taking steps, and I believe I am the first, to lay claim to this island, so that a new and independent Republic may be born in the Pacific Ocean.

Richard H. Schueler

4:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:51 AM  
Blogger XRD1 said...

Astounding. Something that landlubbers like me can only dream of. You can find a "similar" occurence "reported" in H.P. Lovecraft's (horror) story "Dagon". But, you did not report your coordinates for this marvel of nature? Keeping mum on that? And how on earth did you find Niue? Are you following Jimmy Cornell's "World Navigation Routes" - or are you charting your course as you sail along? Hope you name the Island Fransson's Island, or Fredrik's Island or something like that.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never been to sea, and seeing this I am truly amazed at such magesty and power that is out there. You are so lucky to sail and see such thngs. I suspect it is the stuff dreams are made of.


3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hy Fredrik and Crew,
i never saw something like your photos before! I`m really interested in vulcanology observing all livecams, all books and videos i can catch. But this is all stupid in comparison to your pictures an your personal adventure!Thanks very much! Best wishes from Munich, Bavaria!Thomas

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!...that was nice of you to share those images, and thanks for your comments and explaination concerning the bith of the Island.

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you ive had several new thoughts in my head and im still reviewing your photos. very interesting stuff. thank you. and i apologize again for my nations government. paix , john g.NYC.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your glasses.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, unbelievable. I am amazed how how caught up one can be with mortgage payments, bills, etc and then i happened to be sent these photos which remind me thatthe world is so incredible and that there are people
who are enjoying and LIVING every moment and experiencing so much. I want to run away and travel again. I miss it. Any idea how someone with not a great deal of money and loves adventure and perhaps going through her mid life crisis can get away, travel forever and survive without having to win a lottery or inherit vast sums?
Your pictures and faces tell me that i am missing out on so much.

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers m8,

Great pictures of amazin experiance... I've seen some vulcanic activities myself on my last trip to Indonesia. You can find the pictures on my website.

Regards Mark from Holland

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi guys this will really help me with my geography project.
a year 8 girl

6:33 AM  
Blogger kelly said... to computers..but have been studying volcanos for many years!!i dont know much about computers..I dont know if i will find my way back to this to here about every volcanic activity..

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

idk what i'm doing but suree.
ok i am doing a project on volcanoes and i was wondering is that all floating pumice that you're showing in the picturess?

mucho gracias sinor.=)

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think it is great to know that there is a ship with my name.

Maiken Liefeith

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SIMPLY AMAZING!!! It must have been surreal. What an experience to pass down through the generations. The photos are just awesome. Thanks for sharing

Christine Adkins
Reno, Nevada

11:44 AM  
Blogger Chester The Bear said...

I agree with a previous comment. Stick a flag on it and claim it as yours.

Then you can a)get aid from the UN, and b)do a lucrative real estate deal with some guy with white shoes, a gold chain and a straw hat.


6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alice in San Diego
I like to study earthquakes and volcanoes. You have a chance to be the 1st at something. Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirates Life for Me.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello from the old dock 3, Don just told me about your discovery. Amazing! Good luck with the rest of your journey!

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to make an allegory of Earth now. To hug it.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been going to sea most of my life NEVER HAVE I SEEN ANYTHING OF ANY COMPARISON . Have a safe voyage.

5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want to go to see this...or anything like it. how cool to watch the earth being born.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man you guys must of had a fun cool vist and we just got through learning more about HOW THE EARTH IS BORN.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey dude those are some sweet pics lucky to have that kind of an experience!

from punk #1
Ana Saavedra

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha. weird....volcano looks creepy

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

way fuckin cool man

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those pics are well cool!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that's so amazing! I would have loved to have been there to see such an amazing site!...the newest land on Earth!!!!

11:13 AM  

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