Friday, June 12, 1998 11:00 a.m./Alaska Daylight Savings Time

Bob Wernet, USS Missouri Memorial Association Aboard the Crowley Sea Victory Tugboat

The USS Missouri and our tugboat Sea Victory have been favorably treated for the past few days with one of the sailor's most valuable assets – "fair wind and following seas."

Swells have been 8-feet from our stern pushing both vessels easily along with a comfortable, regular nudge. We have additional natural power from the northeast tradewinds, making for a swifter, easier ride for the Crowley Sea Victory crew and a pleasant tow for the battleship.

Surf reports from Honolulu this morning have these same sea swells producing 8-foot rides for North Shore surfers. We are riding the same ones more than 1,000 miles away, and the experience is a positive one.

LATITUDE = 30 degrees, 10 minutes North LONGITUDE = 139 degrees, 50 minutes West

LOCATION = At 6:00 a.m./ADT, we were 1,017 nautical miles from the most eastern point of land in Hawaii, Cape Kumukahi on the Big Island. As of this writing (8:00 a.m./ADT), we will change course in 15 minutes to assume our final trackline of 241 degrees to Makapuu Point Lighthouse, a Southwest by West direction.

OCEAN DEPTH BELOW = Depths beneath us in this area of the Northeast Pacific vary according to nautical charts from between 1,500 fathoms or 9,300 feet to 2,100 fathoms or 12,600 feet.

COURSE = Maintaining 228 degrees until 8:15 a.m. this morning, at which time we will shift to the final leg of the passage. This final course change to the Makapuu Point Lighthouse marks the fourth and final leg of the journey, a distance of 1,090 nautical miles.

PAST 24-HOUR DISTANCE RUN = 140.3 nautical miles PAST 24-HOUR AVERAGE SPEED = 5.8 knots TOTAL DISTANCE RUN = 1,245 nautical miles (52.8%) TOTAL AVERAGE SPEED = 6.2 knots HOURS FROM DEPARTURE = 202 hours DISTANCE TO DIAMOND HEAD = 1,115.4 nautical miles. By this time tomorrow, Saturday, we will have less than 1,000 miles remaining. DAYS IN TRANSIT = 8.5 days WINDS = Northeast by East at 25 knots SEA = 3 feet SWELL = Northeast at 8 feet AIR TEMPERATURE = 62 degrees SEA TEMPERATURE = 63 degrees SKIES = overcast


Thursday, June 11, 1998 We are now (as of 8:00 a.m./ADT) 64.5 nautical miles from reaching the half-way point of our Astoria, Oregon to Diamond Head, Hawaii voyage.

Our current position puts us on the same latitude and 1,065 nautical miles due west of Baja California, Mexico.

This morning, our returning "escort" albatross was joined by four more, all of whom are now developing a keen interest in the ends of the three fishing lines extended from Sea Victory's stern. They all make very wide and low circles between the tug and the Missouri, along the wide wake generated by the tug's propellers. At a distance they appear as glider planes. They fly with great ease at sharp angles and at very low altitude.

Pacific Ocean bird enthusiasts believe the albatrosses we are seeing are of the young juvenile, black-footed Laysan variety with white belly and face and near-black wings. They are described accurately as wonderful fliers. Their name comes from Laysan Island located in the Northwest islands of the Hawaiian chain between Midway and Kauai.

As of this writing at 7:30 p.m./ADT, we reached our half-way point of 1,180.4 nautical miles to our Diamond Head destination of 2,360.8 nautical miles from the Columbia River Sea Buoy off Astoria, Oregon. We departed Astoria on Wednesday, June 3rd., with the last lines cast off the USS Missouri at 4:25 p.m. that afternoon. No fish have been caught yet, and two juvenile, black-footed albatross have shared our course this afternoon.


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