Journal Entry  -  October 10, 1999  -  Day 29

Sunday Evening Position Report
8:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time

9 Degrees, 39 Minutes North


87 Degrees, 14 Minutes West

Days Run:

65.5 Nautical Miles


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

Total Run This Leg:  2,364.6 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed:  5.19 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg:  455.5 Hours, 18.98 Days
Distance To Go This Leg:  583.2 Nautical Miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival:  7:00 a.m., Saturday, October 16, Balboa Sea Buoy, Panama
Present Course:  117 Degrees Southeasterly
Winds:  West-Southwest at 10 Knots
Seas:  1 Foot
Swells:  8 Feet from the East-Northeast
Barometric Pressure:  1011 Millibars
Air Temperature:  79 Degrees
Sea Temperature:  79 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Partly Cloudy
Sea Floor:  Ocean depths within this general area along USS New Jersey's trackline reflect great variance.  At her position, the floor is 3,182 Fathoms deep, or 19,092 Feet.

Position:  USS New Jersey is now 50 Miles West-Southwest of Punta Filibusteros, Costa Rica.  The coast here between Bahia Tamarindo and Punta Guiones, 28 Miles farther South-Southeast, is fringed by foul ground extending up to 2 Miles offshore in places.  A group of red-roofed houses on Punta Filibusteros, 14 miles south of Punta San Francisco, is a useful landmark.

Captain Ogaard's experience navigating these waters is valuable. Numerous shallow pinnacles dot the navigational chart for this area, and the waters are apparently popular fishing grounds.  His alertness to their exact whereabouts, and that of the others on watch throughout the day here, is keen.

Small fishing craft have been more numerous here than elsewhere from Mexico through this part of Central America, their baited longlines hung from intermediate floats, and mother vessels scattered nearby with their night lights visible in the distance.

Captain Ogaard reports that he witnessed the same popularity during his earlier 1999 passage here with the USS Oriskany aircraft carrier tow headed to the Straits of Magellan.

The "Guardian Bank" is located in these waters off Costa Rica some 130 Miles West of Cabo Blanco Soundings over this narrow bank, which extends in a North-Northwest to South-Southeast direction, have been reported to be 9 to 31 Meters, or 29 to 101 Feet.  In 1981, depths of less than 11 Meters, 36 Feet, were reported to exist East of the charted bank.

Some of these pinnacles have charting date references of 1932, 1950 and 1927.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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