March 13, 2001 to June 2, 2001
Monterey to Hawaii and back
May 26, 2001: Leg 5; Day 5
Ken Johnson writes: It’s Saturday afternoon and we’re rolling along under grey skies and a 10 knot head wind. We’re at 27º 35’N and 144º 57’W, making about 9.5 knots and speed is slowly picking up as fuel is burned off and the ship rises in the water. California here we come. It is interesting, though, that we’re coming towards California at about one half the speed of the pioneers who came around the Horn in Clipper Ships during the Gold Rush. Those wind driven ships could make the trip around the Horn at 20 knots. So much for technology.
We did our fourth station at 6:30 this morning and I put a sweatshirt on for the first time since we left Hawaii – there’s a chill in the air. We must be getting closer to Moss Landing. So how are the Giants and A’s doing? Is Bonds still hitting homers? Have the Lakers rolled over San Antonio? So who’s running the Senate anyway? Do Lott and Daschle trade places or what? Somebody send us some news.
Info is a little thin out here. In that spirit, I thought I’d do a special on Western Flyer television. Here’s a run down on some of my favorite channels (there are 62 total):Channel 19 - the aft switchboard room - the dials, hatches and racks make a nice juxtaposition of shape, sometimes there are even people in there.
Channel 25 - engine room in lower hull. This has a particularly nice composition. I like the yellow contrast and curve of the hull. It reminds me of the movie Das Boot.
Channel 27 - a pump. This is one of my favorites because you can actually see parts on the pump turning. We can watch this one a long time.
Channel 40 - the view aft. It’s always nice to see where you’ve been.
If you’re really busy, then Channel 6 is a good one because it switches automatically through all of the other channels.
OK, so we don’t have much information about the rest of the world, but we are finding some very interesting stuff out here. Iron and aluminum concentrations are coming in steadily. There is a clear increase in surface aluminum and iron from Hawaii out to about 152ºW. After that it looks just like the outbound transit. We’ll have more on this latter after we finish processing the data in hand.
Th’ th’ that’s all for now.