Journal Entry  -  October 24, 1999  -  Day 43

Sunday Morning Position Report
8:00 a.m., Central Daylight Time

14 Degrees, 46 Minutes North


80 Degrees, 34 Minutes West

Days Run:

37.7 Nautical Miles


3.14 Knots (Average)  running to meet a fixed ETA.

Total Run This Leg:  324.9 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed:  4.76 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg:  68.3 Hours / 2.84 Days
Distance To Go This Leg:  1,771.6 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
Winds:  North-Northwest at 18 Knots
Seas:  3 Feet
Swells:  4 Feet from the Northwest
Barometric Pressure:  1011.5 Millibars
Air Temperature:  82 Degrees
Sea Temperature: 84 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Broken, Occasional Showers
Sea Floor:  Ocean depths beneath the USS New Jersey at this point range between 1,868 to 1,157 Meters, or from 6,128 to 3,795 Feet.

Panama Canal 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 anchorage.
Total Average Speed First Leg:  5.54 Knots

Position:  The USS New Jersey is now due East of Arrecife Edinburgh, Nicaragua, and slightly Southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios, Honduras, the coastal border point between the two Central American nations.

Advisory:  One other reason reports are delayed, and occasionally abbreviated, such as this day's Morning Position Report, is because the fluency of the typing fingers does not match the power of the seas.  We anticipate a more suitable digital environment soon.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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