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Bob Wernet, USS Missouri Memorial Association Aboard the Crowley "Sea Victory" Tugboat Wednesday, June 10, 1998 6:00 a.m./ADT

At 5:30 a.m. this morning, the Matson Lines container ship "Maui" contacted the "Sea Victory," and announced her position of 100 miles "downtrack" of the USS Missouri tow, at a speed of 26 knots, going from Honolulu to Seattle. The radioman aboard the "Maui" requested permission to pass close to the USS Missouri when they reached our position.

At about 7:00 a.m., the "Maui's" radio reported she would be slowing to 6 or7 knots in order to pass the Missouri more conveniently, and asked Chief Mate Steve Cooke of the "Sea Victory" if closing within a mile of the Missouri would be acceptable. Cooke said the "Maui" could approach as close as he felt comfortable.

The rendezvous is scheduled for approximately 8:30 a.m., given the Missouri's speed of 6 knots, and the "Maui's" gradually slower speed from 26 to 6 knots.

"We're all looking forward to getting a good view of some history today," the radioman of the "Maui" said.

LATITUDE = 33 degrees, 19 minutes North LONGITUDE = 135 degrees, 40 minutes West

LOCATION: We are presently 870 nautical miles due west of Santa Catalina Island, California on our same latitude. About 300 nautical miles east of us is the charted Fieberling Seamount located along the southern portion of the Murray Fracture Zone which we will begin to pass over later. This Fracture Zone extends from off-shore of the southern California coastline all the way to north of the Hawaiian Islands.

OCEAN DEPTH BELOW = The depths beneath our position this morning vary from 1,860 fathoms (11,160 feet) to 2,490 fathoms (14,940 feet).

COURSE = maintaining 228 degrees southwesterly PAST 24-HOUR DISTANCE RUN = 147.8 nautical miles PAST 24-HOUR AVERAGE SPEED = 6.2 knots TOTAL DISTANCE RUN = 958.1 nautical miles (40.6%) TOTAL AVERAGE SPEED = 6.2 knots HOURS FROM DEPARTURE = 154 hours DISTANCE TO DIAMOND HEAD = 1,402.7 nautical miles DAYS IN TRANSIT = 6.4 days WINDS = north-northwest at 15 knots SEA = 3 feet from the north-northwest SWELL = 6 feet northerly AIR TEMPERATURE = 60 degrees SEA TEMPERATURE = 61 degrees SKIES = visibility 5 miles, light drizzle and fog



Wednesday, June 10, 1998 9:00 a.m./Alaska Daylight Savings Time 3-hours beyond our 6:00 a.m. Position


"It's Missouri Day on the Maui," said the Matson Lines container ship radioman -- presumably the Captain -- as he spoke to the "Sea Victory's" Captain Kaare Ogaard this morning at 9:00 a.m., Alaska Daylight Time.

The "Maui" had requested Ogaard's permission a few hours earlier today to approach to Missouri to get a closer look at history, as he put it. The massive Matson container ship was headed from Honolulu to Seattle.

Now, the three vessels, each within about one-half mile of each other, were roughly 20 miles beyond Missouri's six o'clock morning position, roughly 875 miles due west of Santa Catalina Island, California.

The "Maui" passed the USS Missouri from the northwest through a shrouded cloak of fog, clouding the "Maui" crew's clear visibility of the battleship. But the opportunity still invoked reported cheers that they were able to pass by and observe anything at all.

The "Maui's" Captain thanked Captain Ogaard for maintaining his course so this happy encounter could take place. He had been tracking the USS Missouri's location, he said, for the past three days in anticipation of this day.

They reported getting numerous pictures of the passing which, if any good, he said, he will share with the "Sea Victory's" Crowley Marine Services' office headquarters in Seattle.

The people of Hawaii plan are planning "a big show off Waikiki Beach for your arrival," the Captain said, "but we've just had one of the best shows here seeing the Mighty Mo like this."

"Maui's" Captain reported to Ogaard that we could expect good weather from here to Honolulu. He wished us "bon voyage" and hoped the remainder of our voyage would be as "uneventful" as the previous portion has been.

With that, the "Maui" disappeared from view into the morning fog and drizzle just beyond the hazy battleship gray profile of the USS Missouri.

Noting the eerie visibility, the "Maui's" Captain remarked: "Now it's clear why they painted battleships gray."

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