Triplicate Staff

When he attended an artists' reception Sept. 1 at Crescent Harbor Art Gallery, a couple hundred feet from where his boat rests as it awaits repairs, Katsumi Moritaka, left, didn't expect to enjoy a full-fledged conversation in his native Japanese language. Then local artist Garretta Lamore, right, telephoned her son-in-law, a native Japanese speaker in the Bay Area, and handed the phone to Moritaka. They talked for several minutes, and the Japanese sailor stranded in Crescent City even broke into song at one point.