We made it to San Juan on time. It was a little frustrating because our speed of advance had to be higher than normal as the scheduled time from New Orleans to Nassau was set up for our normal 15 knot cruising speed. From South West Pass in Louisiana we needed 17.1 knots, but once we hit the Straits of Florida and the head current of the North Atlantic Current we were knocked back to 16 knots, so we needed to add more speed. Even the higher speed was touch and go as the currents and the wind were working against us - but we made it to the pilot station only five minutes late!
The last eight hours were rough as we had a pretty good roll going - and it was
inconsistent, not predictable. So I, along with many others aboard, had some
trouble sleeping. An uncomfortable sleep, coupled with being called at 0400
makes for a long day.
But with Finished with Engines (FWE) at 0800, we had crew streaming down the
gangway at 0830 - and by 0900 most all the cadets deserving of liberty were on
their way. I hope they enjoy San Juan - it has beautiful beaches, and Old San
Juan has many fine restaurants to enjoy. Of course the site-seeing in Morro
Castle, the oldest fort in North America is always an enjoyable take.
Captain Lima has written one more Captain's Log - but I will save it for
tomorrow morning - as I needed to update you all on topical ships information.
That will be posted tomorrow.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
To travel to San Juan from New Orleans we pass through the Florida straits which is a channel between Florida and the Bahamas. The Florida straights are home to an open-ocean current called the Florida Current. The Florida current can be considered the "official" beginning of the Gulf Stream System.
CURRENTS AND CLIMATE
Warm currents typically warm the air above them, and cold currents typically cool the air above them. In addition, warm water evaporates more easily than cold water, United States is more humid and gets more rain than the southwest coast of the United States, because they live next to the warm Gulf Stream If you look at a map of the world, you may notice that Boston,Massachusetts, is at the same latitude as Spain (In other words, both places are the same distance from the Equator.). However, they clearly do not have the same climate:as the Pilgrims could tell you, Massachusetts is colder than Spain. Similarly, England is at the same latitude as Northern Canada. (England is a lot warmer than Northern Canada.) These differences in climate are related to the ocean currents. Florida is surrounded by the warm water of the Gulf on one side and the Gulf Stream on the other, making it very warm and humid.This warm water and the Gulf Stream also help fuel hurricanes, keeping them powerful and sometimes even giving them a boost before they strike land.
Learn more about different types of currents
Here is more about the Gulf Stream