Journal Entry  -  November 08, 1999  -  Day 58

Monday Morning Position Report
8:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time
Latitude:

34 Degrees, 38 Minutes North

Longitude:

75 Degrees, 6 Minutes West

Days Run:

95.1 Nautical Miles

Speed:

7.925 Knots (Average)  with help from the Gulf Stream

Total Run This Leg:  559.3 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed: 
6.08 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg:  92 Hours / 3.83 Days, from Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island, the USS New Jersey's transfer point from the tug Mariner.
Distance To Go This Leg:  266.7 Nautical Miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival:  3:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 10, Cape Henlopen Sea Buoy.
Present Course:  42 Degrees Northeast
Winds:  North at 25 Knots
Seas & Swells:  Combined at 12 Feet
Barometric Pressure:  1025 Millibars
Air Temperature:  63 Degrees
Sea Temperature:  79 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Scattered Clouds
Sea Floor:  The ocean depth at this point is 1,565 Fathoms, or 9,390 Feet.

Panama Canal 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 anchorage.
Total Average Speed First Leg:  5.54 Knots

Position:  USS New Jersey is now 40 Miles Southeast of Cape Hatteras and Pamlico Sound, North Carolina.

Hatteras Is Living Up To Its Reputation

Despite repeated efforts, our attempt to make sense of the typing under the sea conditions Cape Hatteras generates has come up short.  Perhaps this evening will offer a more suitable, even manageable, atmosphere.

We wish it weren't so, but as one crew member remarked: if a voyage doesn't have some of this, everybody would want my job.  It's still beautiful, seeing New Jersey riding easily through it all, but the typing suffers dramatically.  We'll just have to make up for it later.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.

 

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