Journal Entry  -  October 12, 1999  -  Day 31

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

7 Degrees, 53 Minutes North


83 Degrees, 40 Minutes West

Days Run:

59.9 Nautical Miles


4.99 Knots (Average)  This average speed will increase by tomorrow morning's position report because Captain Ogaard this evening increased Sea Victory's speed to maximize the efficiency of her main EMD engines

Total Run This Leg:  2,602 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed:  5.17 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg:  503.5 Hours, 20.98 Days
Distance To Go This Leg:  346.1 Nautical Miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival:  9:00 a.m., Friday, October 15, at the Balboa Anchorage, the holding location for the Panama Canal's northbound transiting vessels.  This earlier estimated time of arrival results from this evening's increase in speed.
Present Course:  117 Degrees Southeasterly
Winds:  Southwest at 20 Knots
Seas:  3 Feet
Swells:  8 Feet from the Southwest
Barometric Pressure:  1012 Millibars
Air Temperature:  75 Degrees
Sea Temperature:  79 Degrees
Visibility:  1 Mile
Skies:  Heavy Rainshowers
Sea Floor:  Ocean depths beneath the USS New Jersey at this point are 1,240 Fathoms or 7,440 Feet

Position:   USS New Jersey picked up a little speed this evening as she continued her Southeasterly course along the coast of Costa Rica.  She is now 31 Miles Southwest of Cabo Matapalo ("dead trees"), the guardian to the entrance of Golfo Dulce.

The Gulf has a commercial port and the rest of the region is sparsely populated.  Puerto Golfito, a banana exporting port, lies in a small land-locked bay on the east side of the gulf, 15 miles inside the entrance.

Five Transits Southbound, Five Northbound

With USS New Jersey's upcoming transit through the Panama Canal on her way home, she will have passed through the Canal ten times during her Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean wartime career.

Five times she passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Southbound, and with next week's transit, she will have gone through the Canal Northbound, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, five times as well.

Her Southbound passages were on the way in 1944 from her Philadelphia commissioning to the Pacific theater of World War II; an April, 1951 transit from Norfolk, Virginia to Korean War duty; again to Korea in 1953 for a second tour of duty there; in 1968 from a recommissioning in Philadelphia to the war in Vietnam; and lastly, in April, 1984 when she was reassigned from the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean to her new Long Beach Homeport.

New Jersey's Northbound transits occurred after World War II when in 1947, having delivered a thousand troops to their homeland, undergone an overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and on her way home for a fourth birthday celebration, she passed through the Canal to the Atlantic toward Bayonne; in December, 1951, she went through northbound again after her first Korean War duty; in November, 1953, after her second Korean tour of duty, she was Atlantic-bound again; and in September, 1983, she was summoned through once more on an emergency basis to speed to the Mediterranean for action in Lebanon.

Next week, she will transit the familiar Canal for the final time, on her way home, finally.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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