DATE 2/1 WED
TIME 0700LT (ZD +5), 1200 GMT
S 12.2 K
DEPTH 1500 METERS
WIND NORTH FORCE 3
150 NM WEST OF PUNTA CHARAMBIRA, COLUMBIA
We crossed the Equator yesterday morning to little fanfare - only a toot
of the whistle. Such is melodrama - but we did have a pollywog aboard -
our ship's doctor that joined in Ecuador. I had to hold back a few of
the new Shellbacks
that wanted to have their way with him - but suffice to say - he is none
the less for wear.
I'm getting ready for Panama arrival. The past four or five sea terms
there were only three ports - but since we converted over to a three
division rotation, we now do four ports (one-less day in each port - a
total of 12 port
days). That in itself adds to the workload of the poor captain as we
prepare for port entry - but the Panama Canal is a defacto port as well.
So, at this juncture in the sea term, I am preparing for our fourth
port visit - and I've
one more to do in St. Thomas - and then the dreaded US entry.
The weather was cloudy almost the whole time we were in the southern
hemisphere, but when we crossed the line yesterday it cleared up. It was
a beautiful afternoon - we had an abandon ship drill and a
demonstration of all
sorts of pyrotechnic safety equipment - so much fun blasting off
parachute flares and the line throwing appliance. But this morning it
is cloudy again -and even looks ominously like rain!