Total Run This Leg:
Total Average Speed: 5.21 Knots
Hours / Days This Leg: 32 Hours / 1.33 Days
Distance To Go This Leg: 659.4 Nautical Miles
Present Course: 33 Degrees Northeast, with Sea Victory trying to take
advantage of the maximum strength of the Gulf Stream's approximate axis, which as charted
can produce a 1.5 Knot boost to speed under the most favorable conditions.
Winds: East-Northeast at 20 Knots
Seas & Swells: Combined at 10 Feet
Barometric Pressure: 1029 Millibars
Air Temperature: 72 Degrees
Sea Temperature: 78 Degrees
Visibility: 10 Miles
Skies: Partly Cloudy
Sea Floor: The ocean depth at this point is 410 Fathoms, or 2,460 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
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 passing
off-shore of Northern Florida, 76 Miles East of Daytona Beach, and approaching the Georgia
The lines are fully extended,
but so far no luck. The flying fish are plentiful, though. They're seen
constantly, ejecting themselves from the water a few inches above the surface, then
darting 25, 50, 75 Feet across and in between the water's waves with projectile-like
speed, then just as immediately re-entering, perfectly, no splash, as though watching a
gold medal Olympics diving champion. Scores of them. All the way from Panama.
BB-62 Website Visitor Questions, and Some Answers
This will be most likely be our final Q & A segment
of the homecoming voyage.
The Sea Victory's Captain and crew extend their gratitude
and appreciation for the opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge with New
The reporter on board also extends his thanks to everyone
who took time to participate, and apologizes for not being able to obtain answers to every
question submitted. Time and space, but basically time, prevented the handling of
every question. We may have another opportunity for those, but we can't count on it
Question: What was the purpose of
the blue tarps on the 16-inch guns and draped over the middle of the bridge? Were
these just awnings for onboard guests to shade them from the Panamanian sun?
Answer: Yes, they were provided
for guests onboard, and for workers.
Question: At sea there is 270 Feet
(actually, 260 Feet) of anchor chain outboard of the New Jersey's bullnose. Since
there is no power on the Battleship, how is that chain retrieved and where is it stowed
when the Sea Victory shortens her tow line?
Answer: For the Panama Canal
transit, for example, the Battleship's chain was disconnected on the bow of the ship, then
lowered onto the deck of the Sea Victory.
Question: Will the Battleship New
Jersey be traveling between Pea Patch Island and New Jersey or between Pea Patch Island
Answer: Captain Kaare Ogaard says
that the Battleship will remain in the main shipping channel for the entire transit.
Question: Was the bottom fouling
of the New Jersey affected by fresh water during the Canal transit? If so, has it
changed the way that the ship tows?
Answer: Captain Ogaard says this
question cannot be honestly answered at this time. Crowley Marine Services' divers
in Bremerton examined her hull before the voyage, and in order to compare, they need to
Question: Regarding the method of
anchoring, a questioner asked about the Long Beach and Panama processes:
Does that mean that New Jersey was being held in place by
the weight of the Battleship's anchor chain and the tow cable lying on the harbor bottom,
or was it secured to the Sea Victory which was in turn anchored by means of it's own
From the archives of October 15, 8:00 p.m., in the Bay of
Panama, in the incident related there, it seems to say that the tow gear acted as an
anchor and was starting to slide. Did I understand that correctly? Does that
accurately reflect the method of anchoring the Battleship?
Answer: Yes, to all questions.
The exact same systems were used in Long Beach and Panama.
Question: Could you have the
Captain explain what he would do if he encountered a hurricane as he is bringing the USS
New Jersey up the Atlantic Coast?
Answer: Captain Ogaard says the
trick is not to get caught. If somehow the forecasting breaks down, and one finds
himself or herself in the line of the hurricane's fire, there are set guidelines for any
and all vessels to reduce the severity of the elements, wind and sea.
Hurricanes can be divided into two semicircles, one
dangerous, the other navigable. Using the best knowledge available, you try to
navigate your way into the navigable portion of the storm.
This navigational knowledge is complex and requires far
more time and space than available here. But, for a cursory and superficial glance
at this seaman's survival tool, here is a brief reference from "The American
Practical Navigator: Bowditch."
It is based on Ducth meteorologist, C.H.D. Buys Ballot,
who published his rule for locating the center of cyclones and anticyclones in 1857.
Ballot's rule states that: "Facing away from the wind in the Northern
Hemisphere, the low pressure lies to the left. Facing away from the wind in the
Southern Hemisphere, it is to the right."
Using Buys Ballot's Law, Bowditch says: "The safest
procedure is to avoid them. If the ship is found to be within the storm area, the
proper action to take depends in part on its position relative to the storm center and its
direction of travel.
"The first action to take if the ship is within the
cyclonic circulation is to determine the position of his vessel with respect to the storm
center. While the vessel can still make considerable way through the water, a course
should be selected to take it as far as possible from the center. If the vessel can
move faster than the storm, it is a relatively simple matter to outrun the storm if sea
room permits. But when the storm is faster, the solution is not as simple."
Later, the reference says: "As a general rule, for a
vessel in the Northern Hemisphere, safety lies in placing the wind on the starboard bow in
the dangerous semicircle and on the starboard quarter in the less dangerous
This explanation continues at great length, but these
brief references give the novice at least an idea of what skills can be applied if known,
understood and properly executed.
Question: Many people have
inquired about the distance from shore the USS New Jersey will be when she passes
locations on the Atlantic seaboard on her way north to the Delaware River, and whether
people will be able to see her as she transits.
Answer: Captain Ogaard says the
Battleship will be too far out from shore for anyone to see her, and the idea of sailing
out to her vicinity should be avoided because of the distance, and sea conditions at this
time of year.
Here are the Captain's calculations of the generally
applicable nautical mile distances between selected southern shore points and New Jersey's
Jacksonville, Florida -- 116 miles
Charleston, South Carolina -- 105 miles
Cape Fear, North Carolina -- 73 miles
Cape Lookout, North Carolina -- 50 miles
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina -- 37 miles
Question: Leaping ahead a bit,
will the Sea Victory "deadhead" all the way back to Seattle, or are other towing
jobs scheduled on the return trip? Also, will this "super" crew bring her
back to Seattle, or does a relief crew?
Answer: Captain Ogaard says
that at present, after delivering the USS New Jersey to Philadelphia, the Sea Victory will
stay overnight, then deadhead to Jacksonville, Florida for routine maintenance. The
crew will fly home to Seattle from there. New towing jobs are always being analyzed
and so far none have been assigned to the Sea Victory. But a towboat is a valuable
asset and and will soon be put to use again.
Question: I noticed that the
Battleship New Jersey has only one anchor on its return trip home. What happened to
the other anchor on its bow?
Answer: It was placed on the
ship's stern for the voyage.
Submitted by Bob Wernet onboard the Sea Victory.