Journal Entry  -  October 30, 1999  -  Day 49

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

21 Degrees, 32 Minutes North


84 Degrees, 14 Minutes West

Days Run:

Jogging Easterly toward Isla de la Juventud.


Calculated at the point of detention and fixed at 4.09 Knots.  Detention Time - 24 Hours and Counting

Total Run This Leg:  The Sea Victory's logged mileage at the point of detention was 819.6 Nautical Miles from Cristobal, Panama waypoint.
Hours / Days This Leg:  224.3 Hours / 9.34 Days
Distance To Go This Leg:  From the point of detention, 1,276.9 Nautical Miles.
Estimated  Time Of Arrival:  A new, and still tentative, ETA for the Cape Henlopen Sea Buoy depends upon the progress of events in the next few days.
Present Course:  Various, on an Easterly track to Isla de la Juventud, Cuba.
Winds:  Easterly at 18 Knots
Seas & Swells:  Combined at 8 Feet
Barometric Pressure:  1015 Millibars
Air Temperature:  79 Degrees
Sea Temperature:  81 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Partly Cloudy

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 continues to jog off the South coast of Cuba this evening.  Fortunately, the weather has turned calmer the farther East she has come, and the tug Mariner has announced herself as within New Jersey's vicinity.  The Sea Victory and Mariner will execute the transfer of the Battleship in the morning.

Sea Victory and the New Jersey began their cessation of forward progress, or detention, at 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 29, at 21 Degrees, 35 Minutes North / 85 Degrees, 07 Minutes West, 18.5 Miles off-shore of Cabo San Antonio, Cuba, in the Yucatan Channel.

At this point, they began jogging, or slowly transiting, into the weather, to maintain the best possible towing conditions for the USS New Jersey, while awaiting arrival of the tug Mariner.

Tug Mariner Arrives, Seas Calmer, Transfer Set

The tug Mariner this evening reported in to the Sea Victory, and Captain Ogaard indicated to them that they would arrange after sunrise in the morning to execute the transfer of the USS New Jersey.

Mariner will follow behind Sea Victory and the Battleship through the evening until a morning transfer point is established.  The weather has calmed considerably this evening, and if the trend holds, should be much more ideal in the morning.  The Captain has made all necessary preparations in advance for this process, and the crew will be ready early in the morning to begin the transfer.

Our report for Sunday morning will be filed after the completion of the transfer.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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