Journal Entry  -  September 28, 1999  -  Day 17

Tuesday Evening Position Report
8:00 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time

21 Degrees, 23 Minutes North


109 Degrees, 18 Minutes West

Days Run:

65.7 Nautical Miles


5.48 Knots (Average)  running at reduced speed due to a fixed ETA of October 16 at the Panama Canal.

Total Run This Leg:  893.3 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed:  5.3 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg:  168.5 Hours, 7.02 Days
Distance To Go This Leg:   2,054.5 Nautical Miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival:  7:00 a.m., October 16, Balboa Sea Buoy
Present Course:  125 Degrees South by Southeast
Winds:  Northwest at 20 Knots
Seas & Swells:  Combined at 8 Feet
Barometric Pressure:  1005 Millibars
Air Temperature:  76 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Clear
Sea Floor:  The ocean depth in the area averages about 1,600 Fathoms or 9,600 Feet.

Position:  USS New Jersey is currently 85 Nautical Miles South-Southeast of Cabo San Lucas, and approximately 120 Miles due East of her location is Isla Maria Magdalena and Isla Tres Manas.   These islands are identified as a prison colony on Sea Victory charts.  The navigational warning for the area states: "Ships should keep well clear of this group in order to avoid interception and detention by Mexican authorities." Beyond them, on the coast of Mexico, is the city of San Blas.

The Fish Belong To Everyone

Sea Victory Able Seaman Fred Davis, 41, was born in Seattle and has worked for Crowley Marine Services for 10 years.  His expertise is not only with tugs.  More often than not, he can be seen hauling in another Mahi-mahi or Yellow Fin Tuna, but claims no credit for the catches. "Everyone eats them, and everyone catches them," Davis says.  "They belong to everyone."

His performance on the tug shows itself especially during the rigorous and precise maneuvering of the USS New Jersey's tow gear, when huge sections of the connection have to be re-configured after a departure or before an arrival.   Davis's frame lends itself to the challenges involved; he is large and uses his weight and muscle power to render the chain’s tonnage moot.

The seaman has had much experience with boats, and obviously with catching fish.  He is an apparent expert at creating attractive lures for the fish along New Jersey's trackline.  The total catch rises day by day, and he's played no small role in the results.

Davis has a strong liking for all kinds of fishing, and can identify a species of fish immediately, and whether it is a keeper or one to be returned to the sea for another chance.  His expertise also shows itself in the many troubleshooting requirements aboard this working tug.

Having someone of his experience on the USS New Jersey tow allows everyone to breathe a little easier, and breathe a little more fresh air, right along with him.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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