Total Average Speed:
Hours / Days This Leg: 121.5 Hours, 5.06 Days
Distance To Go This Leg: 2,298.4 nautical miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival: October 16
Present Course: 141 Degrees Southeasterly to Cabo San Lucas
Winds: Northwest at 18 Knots
Seas & Swells: Combined at 6 Feet
Barometric Pressure: 1011 Millibars
Air Temperature: 67 Degrees
Visibility: 10 Miles
Sea Floor: The range of depths in this area varies between 295, 370 and
599 Fathoms, or 1,770, 2,220 and 3,594 Feet.
BB-62 is presently 32 Nautical Miles Southwest of Bahia Magdelena, Baja
California, Mexico. Tidal currents in the entrance of this Bay are said to attain
rates of one to two knots and cause tide rips.
Fish Catch: Sea Victory's total fish catch
has now climbed to 13. Able Seaman Fred Davis, a former commercial fisherman, seems
to have the knack of things in spades, and with Able Seaman Celso Martinez's second line,
the conversations are not so jokingly turning to the subject of self-sustaining food
supplies. Today's catch was 1 Skipjack Tuna, 1 Bonita Tuna, and another Mahi-mahi.
Yesterday's catch was 2 Yellow Fin and 1 Yellow Tail Tuna, plus 1 Mahi-mahi.
Clarification: In this morning's report on
the USS New Jersey's first weeks as a commissioned battleship in 1943, reference was made
to members of the crew leaving the ship for "team duty" to Price's Neck, Rhode
Island. It should have said they left for "temporary duty."
BB-62 Visitor Questions...
We continue trying to answer questions that come to our
attention from viewers registering their inquiries on the state of New Jersey's Dept of
Military and Veterans Affairs USS New Jersey homepage. Our thanks to questioners for
Question: How big is the tow line?
And did the USS New Jersey anchor while you refueled? Are there any whales
Answer: Captain Kaare Ogaard
informs us that the USS New Jersey's towline is 2-3/4 inches in diameter, 3,970 Feet in
length, or .65 Nautical Miles, and has a "breaking strength" of 838,000 Pounds,
which means that if you pulled both ends of the wire, that would be its breaking point.
For the Long Beach, California re-fueling, both the tug
and USS New Jersey were anchored together as a unit. The Captain anchored the ship
on the tow gear astern of the Sea Victory where it was anchored.
Yes, there are whales out here. We have passed the
Bay of Whales, Bahia de Ballenas, in Baja California, and have seen a pod of two separate,
smaller whales the size of pilot fish, which are probably short-finned pilot whales,
according to our authoritative source. Many of Baja California's Pacific inlets are
regular, seasonal whale calving waters.
Question: Have the rudders on the
USS New Jersey been locked amidships, or do they swing free?
Answer: Captain Ogaard explains that
the battleship has four propellers, 2 inboard, and 2 outboard. The 2 inboard
propellers are 17-feet, 5-inches in diameter with 5 blades; the 2 outboard propellers are
18-feet, 3-inches in diameter with 4 blades. All 4 propellers are locked in place,
and cannot turn. There are 2 rudders which are also locked amidships.
Question: Does each screw have a
Answer: Captain Ogaard says, no;
one rudder works between each pair of screws or propellers.
Question: Since no people are on
board New Jersey, what is the power source for the port and starboard side lights (red and
green) which are required to be shown by a vessel being towed? And what turns these
lights on at sunset and off at sunrise?
Answer: The USS New Jersey's
navigation lights, says Captain Ogaard, are self-contained units, consisting of the light
itself, equipped with a photo-cell which detects the level of light and dark to
automatically turn the lights on and off as needed. The lights are powered by
batteries which are re-powered by solar panels.
The ship has three navigational lights - red on the port
side, green on the starboard side, and a clear stern light. The lights are required
to be visible for three miles at night in clear visibility.
Question: Can you tell us what
frequencies Channel-13 and Channel-16 are? We have a scanner and would like to
monitor these channels.
Answer: Captain Ogaard explains
that both channels are Very High Frequency (VHF). Channel-13 is located at 156.650
MHz, and Channel-16 at 156.800 MHz. Channel-16 is used for Distress and Calling
only, and Channel-13 for Bridge-to-Bridge Navigational exchange.
He adds that VHF signals are "line of sight,"
and only when they are in your general neighborhood would you be able to hear them.
They are sent and received from antenna to antenna within the line of sight of each
Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.