Journal Entry  -  October 26, 1999  -  Day 45

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

17 Degrees, 19 Minutes North


81 Degrees, 22 Minutes West

Days Run:

40.6 Nautical Miles


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

Total Run This Leg:  487.1 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed:  4.19 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg:  116.3 Hours / 4.84 Days
Distance To Go This Leg:  1,609.4 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:  335 Degrees North-northwesterly
Winds:  Northerly at 20 Knots
Seas & Swells:  Combined at 10 Feet
Barometric Pressure:  1013 Millibars
Air Temperature:  80 Degrees
Sea Temperature:  82 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Mostly Cloudy
Sea Floor:  Ocean depths beneath the USS New Jersey at this point are 1,151 Meters, or 3,776 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 this morning continues to run North- Northwesterly toward the Gulf of Mexico.  To the West of her are the Honduran Islas Santanilla, and beyond them near the Central American coast, Lighthouse Reef and the Turneff Islands, off-shore of Belize, and Chetumal Bay within coastal Belize.  To the East of New Jersey's position is the Pedro Bank, Southwest of Jamaica, and directly to the North, Grand Cayman Island and Western Cuba.

Fish Catch:  The team's last catch, before yesterday, October 25, was a Yellow Fin Tuna, nabbed on Monday, October 8th.  Last evening's report failed to mention yesterday's catch of one Bonita Tuna, duly recorded here now.  The total catch as of tonight, Monday, October 25 is: 28, including 4 Albacore, 4 Yellow Fin, 1 Yellow Tail, 4 Skipjack and 2 Bonita Tuna, 12 Mahi mahi, and 1 Wahoo.

Communications:  LandSeaSystems, Inc. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the provider of our satellite phone / data system, which transmits e-mail delivery of the USS New Jersey's positions to the state of New Jersey's website, can take full credit for the uninterrupted service that their unit has provided us from day one.  Thinking each day of an alternative performance weakens the knees.

COMSAT Communication Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland, deserves equal credit for providing the uninterrupted and continually reliable satellite link upon which our sea-based uplink system relies.  Without COMSAT's support, neither the delivery of these reports nor their frequency could be as easily managed.

We thank both COMSAT and LandSeaSystems for freeing us from the daily, or hourly, worry as to whether the website will receive material.  It has received thousands of words and scores of digital photographs over six weeks now, has never failed once, and we've grown so comfortable now with its reliability, that a pinch of superstition is creeping in.

But that's good, we believe.  Everything else sure has been.  Thank you!

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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