Journal Entry  -  November 1, 1999  -  Day 51

Monday Evening Position Report
8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

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Report Advisory:  Until the Sea Victory re-assumes her tow of the USS New Jersey, pending completion of repairs to the tug's port main engine in Miami, and the Battleship's transfer from the tug Mariner, these reports will be periodic.  They will include dual reports of both the Sea Victory's status in Miami, and the progress and position of the USS New Jersey's passage with the Mariner.

USS New Jersey With The Mariner

Time of Report:  3:11 a.m., Monday, November 1
Latitude:  22 Degrees, 14 Minutes North
Longitude:  85 Degrees, 07 Minutes West
Day’s Run:  83 Nautical Miles from the transfer point
Average Speed:  4.8 Knots
Total Run This Leg:  83 Nautical Miles from the transfer point
Total Average Speed:  4.6 Knots
Hours / Days from transfer point:  18.2 Hours
Winds:  East
Seas:  Light
Swells:  2 - 4 Feet from the East
Visibility:  Good

Transfer To The Mariner:  8:50 a.m., Sunday, October 31, beyond the 12 Mile territorial waters of Cuba, South of Cabo Frances,at 21 Degrees, 35 Minutes North / 84 Degrees, 03 Minutes West.

Position:  The USS New Jersey, as of the last position report available from the tug Mariner, has transited the Yucatan Channel and was proceeding into the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits.


Time of Report: 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 1
Latitude:  24 Degrees, 26 Minutes North
Longitude:  80 Degrees, 40 Minutes West
Day’s Run:  137.5 Nautical Miles
Average Speed:  11.46 knots
Total Run This Leg:  364.7 Nautical Miles
Total Average Speed:  10.42 Knots
Hours  / Days This Leg:  35 Hours
Distance To Go This Leg:  95.3 Nautical Miles to Miami
Present Course:  65 Degrees East by Northeast
Winds:  Easterly at 15 Knots
Seas & Swells:  Combined at 5 Feet
Barometric Pressure:  1013 Millibars
Air Temperature:  80 Degrees
Sea Temperature:  81 Degrees
Visibility:  10 Miles
Skies:  Partly Cloudy

Position:  The Sea Victory is due South of the Florida Keys, particularly Lower Matecumbe Key and Alligator Reef.  She is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Miami at sunrise tomorrow morning.

Sea Victory Engine Repairs Scheduled

As the tug moves through the Gulf of Mexico, part of the time riding the swift current of the Gulf Stream, plans are well in place to begin repairs to her port main engine as soon as she arrives at the Port of Miami tomorrow morning.

Chief Engineer Andy Cleland and Systems Engineering's man on board, Wayne Billiot, have spent the day in the engine room preparing the specimen for a complete review once the Sea Victory docks.

Meanwhile, the USS New Jersey's early report this morning showed that she was into the Gulf of Mexico, and making basically the same kind of time as when she was with the Sea Victory before the engine malfunction.

The presence of any tropical storm activity has dissipated with the National Weather Service's description of Katrina as a storm that has seen her better days.  For the Sea Victory's voyage through the Gulf, the weather was beautiful all the way.

Tuesday for the Sea Victory will be a busy one in Miami. The tug Mariner and the New Jersey will continue their transit through the same waters as Sea Victory passed yesterday and today.  By the time repairs are expected to be completed on the Sea Victory, the Battleship could be in Miami's backyard for the resumption of the tow to the Delaware.

But all that depends upon the engine work scheduled for the tug immediately after she docks in the morning.

Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.


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