Total Run This Leg:
Total Average Speed: 5.1 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg: 56.3 Hours / 2.3 Days
Distance To Go This Leg: 1,809.3 Nautical Miles
Estimated Time Of Arrival: 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, Cape Henlopen
Sea Buoy, at the mouth of the Delaware River.
Present Course: 355 Degrees Northerly, a pre-designed course change
executed by Captain Ogaard at 5:30 p.m. today, representing a slightly more Northerly
trackline, 2 Degree's beyond the 353 Degree course followed for most of the voyage since
Winds: Northwest at 8 Knots
Seas: 1 Foot
Barometric Pressure: 1011.5 Millibars
Air Temperature: 81 Degrees
Sea Temperature: 84 Degrees
Visibility: 10 Miles
Sea Floor: Ocean depths beneath the USS New Jersey at this point are 137
Meters, or 449 Feet
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
Total Average Speed First Leg: 5.54 Knots
Position: The USS New Jersey is now 10 Miles
Southwest of, and within visible range of a light beacon on, Southwest Cay, a part of
Serrana Bank. To New Jersey's immediate West is Quita Sueno Bank, and well beyond
that, Nicaragua's off-shore points of Cayos Miskitos, Punta Gorda, and Hannibal Shoals.
The Miskito Coast still parallels New Jersey's continued Northward trackline.
BB-62 Website Visitor Questions and Answers
Captain Kaare L. Ogaard, Jr., the crew of the Sea
Victory, and all those involved with the maintenance and daily posting of reports,
photographs, and information on the Battleship New Jersey website at the state of New
Jersey's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs appreciate the comments, questions
and observations sent in by viewers.
There is simply not enough time in a day, or days in a
week, or weeks left in this historic voyage to address individually all the interesting
and provocative messages that have come our way. But we will try to answer the
questions that have not been addressed earlier, and re-cap some that have.
We trust everyone understands the limits of our ability
to respond to each submittal, as well as our deep thanks for taking the time to tell us
Question: Another Florida resident
asks whether the USS New Jersey will pass close enough to the Keys for a small boat to
head into the channel to see her.
Answer: Captain Ogaard says it
would be unreasonable for a small boat to venture out to the distance of the Battleship as
she transits this area.
Question: I am curious as to how the
passage of the Sea Victory and the New Jersey will be executed through the Panama Canal.
Answer: Our reports of the Panama
Canal transit presumably have addressed this curiosity, but for the record: Panama Canal
Commission tugs took the ship from Balboa to and through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel
Locks, where the Sea Victory connected for the 27 Mile transit through Galliard Cut into
Lake Gatun. Panamanian tugs again shifted her to and through the Gatun Locks, where
Sea Victory assumed the connection for the final transit into Cristobal.
Question: Does the ex USS New
Jersey have one or more diesel generators on board which could be operated in case of an
emergency where electrical power would be required?
Answer: As mentioned in earlier
responses, Captain Ogaard says that "the Battleship is dry," and that everything
is locked tight. There especially are no fuels or pollutants aboard her.
Question: Visitors have asked if
the names of the New Jersey sailors aboard the USS O'kane might be available, what are
CJ's fish recipes? and whence came the nickname "Jersey Bounce"? We'll try
to find out.
Question: How much fuel does the
Sea Victory carry, and what is her rate of fuel consumption with the USS New Jersey tow
versus the USS Missouri tow?
Answer: Captain Ogaard says the
fuel consumption for both battleship tows is identical, as are the towing characteristics.
As a possible reference for newcomers, although this
response was originally provided September 23, here's the rundown: The Sea Victory carries
up to 190,000 gallons of fuel. On part of Captain Ogaard's tow of the USS Oriskany,
from Pt. Arenas, Chile to Recife, Brazil, the Sea Victory averaged 290 gallons per hour,
and 47 gallons per mile. Average gallons per day amounted to 6,962, during the
longest leg of the trip, June 20 to July 13.
Question: I'd like to know more
about the Sea Victory's propulsion system, the wheels in particular ... are they variable
Answer: Captain Ogaard says that the Sea
Victory's system has 4-bladed, stainless steel, twin screw propellers that are 144-inches
in diameter times 144-inches pitch (the distance traveled in 1 revolution). Both
wheels are encased in fixed Kort Nozzles which maximize thrust. Sea Victory's
Bollard Pull is certified at 106 tons while thrusting ahead.
The engines are rated at 7,200 horsepower, which are
coupled to the propellers through reduction gears rated at 5.930:1 (nearly 6:1).
Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.