Total Run This Leg:
Total Average Speed: 4.19 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg: 188.3 Hours / 7.84 Days
Distance To Go This Leg: 1,306.7 Nautical Miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival: The new ETA for the Cape Henlopen Sea Buoy,
depends upon the progress of events in the next few days. A regular assessment of
this ETA will be reported as it becomes available.
Present Course: 318 Degrees Northwest
Winds: East-Northeast at 18 Knots
Seas: 3 Feet
Swells: Easterly at 8 Feet
Barometric Pressure: 1015 Millibars
Air Temperature: 82 Degrees
Sea Temperature: 81 Degrees
Visibility: 10 Miles
Sea Floor: Ocean depths beneath the USS New Jersey at this point are
4,280 Meters, or 14,040 Feet.
Transit: October 16 - 21 / Balboa Pier 14 - 15, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel
Locks, the Gaillard Cut, Gamboa, Lake Gatun, and the Gatun Locks, and Cristobal. USS
New Jersey's clearance into the Caribbean Sea / Atlantic Ocean was completed at 11:34
a.m., and her mark for the commencement of the Cristobal, Panama - Philadelphia, PA Third
Leg was passed at 11:42 a.m., Thursday, October 21.
Distance Of Second Leg:
September 21 -
October 15 / Long Beach, CA to Balboa Anchorage, Panama: 2,948.7 Nautical Miles, the
longest leg of New Jersey's homecoming voyage.
Total Average Speed Second Leg: 5.18 Knots
Distance Of First Leg: September 12 - 21 / Bremerton, WA to Long Beach,
CA: 1,193.6 Nautical Miles from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to Long Beach, CA
Total Average Speed First Leg: 5.54 Knots
Position: The USS New Jersey is now due
South of Bahia de Corrientes which surrounds the Peninsula de Guanahacabibes, Cuba.
She is proceeding Northwest toward the Yucatan Channel waypoint, as numerous other vessels
throughout the night have also been doing, on their way to the Gulf of Mexico, and that
precious time-saver, the swift and sure Gulf Stream.
Correction: In Thursday evening's Special
Advisory Position Report, an error occurred in transcribing the Captain's
statement. His reference to the day the engine malfunction occurred was Saturday,
October 23 (not Thursday).
A Day Of Assessment and Preparation
With the decision now made to run the Sea Victory to
Miami, Florida at her best starboard-engine speed, for repairs to her main, port
3,600-horsepower engine, the Captain is now concentrating on the transfer, or
"shift" of the USS New Jersey to the Crowley tug Mariner from Lake Charles,
Captain Ogaard planned to spend today analyzing this part
of the Northwestern Caribbean Sea for the best location to rendezvous with the Mariner and
transfer the Battleship tomorrow. The second tug is expected to arrive in the area
about mid-day Saturday. The Caribbean Sea here is quite deep, affording the Captain
ample "sea room" to execute the transfer. The Yucatan Channel between
Mexico and Cuba is very wide, but most vessels follow a designated passage route through
the Channel to the Gulf. Captain Ogaard will avoid those areas.
He plans to seek a Southerly or Southwesterly high-seas
shelter, afforded by the large land mass of Cuba, which has already given the New Jersey,
even this far Southwest of the Island, significant relief from yesterday's much higher
winds and sea swells.
A developing, Westward moving Tropical Storm over Panama
has generated winds even to the North of Cuba and throughout the Gulf of Mexico, which
helps to explain the heavy seas New Jersey was running with for the past two days.
The greater Cuba's presence between her and the storm's
wide-reaching arch of counter-clockwise winds extending far North of Panama, the better
the sea conditions are for the transit.
The same applies to the USS New Jersey's transfer from
the Sea Victory to the Mariner. Captain Ogaard will choose a deep-water, relatively
sea-sheltered location to execute the transfer of Sea Victory's New Jersey connections to
the second tug.
Everyone hopes for seas as calm as they were this
morning, only three Feet, with an eight Foot Easterly swell, which seemed as good as could
be desired under these circumstances.
Time will tell soon enough.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer Andy Cleland is preparing the
engine room for the arrival of another technician expert in the workings of these
powerful, EMD / 3,200 horsepower engines. He will board the Sea Victory and proceed
with the crew to Miami, assisting Cleland along the way in pinpointing exactly what caused
the malfunction in the first place.
Tomorrow, the USS New Jersey will meet her new and
temporary companion, as the Sea Victory makes way for Florida.
Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.