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      02-17-2006, 11:29 PM   #89
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Well, I just checked The Southern Daily Echo (Southampton's newspaper), and I can see no evidence, at least, of any event in that area or near the port that might have caused any delays (ex. fire, strike, etc.). I only got to wondering when I noticed there are several ships that went into port about the same time as the DJ who are still in port, and oddly enough too, doesn't it seem like few, if any ships are moving in or out of Port Southampton? Maybe I'm just not checking often enough, but I didn see several other ships that seem to be "stuck" in port also... My .02...

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Ok...perhaps my previous observation wasn't a very good one. I notice 7 ships still in port that were there when we started this thread. 4 of those are in and around the same pier where the DJ is. Another 3 ships are moving, one of which has been there for a few days, and is leaving port. So...ummmm....nevermind.
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Don't ask me why I'm up at this hour (3:45am), but I'm having one of those rare nights when I couldn't sleep very well, and all I could muster were some tosses and turns. I'll poop out again in a bit...

Decided to meander to my computer to check on the DJ since her departure time had passed some 30 minutes prior to my waking. Looked on aislive.com, and she was still shown sitting at the pier. I then checked aislive's ship movements to see when she was scheduled out, but she wasn't listed. Good new or terrible news? GOOD NEWS!!! She's on her way here (see attached - upper left corner, in the channel).

Ok....I'm going back to my bed...hopefully to fall asleep.

EDIT: Changed the size of the image so it would fit reasonably well on most current-day resolutions (I hate horizontal scrolling just to read text...made worse when I create it).
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Fletch!! Thank you for the update!! I guess it is good news, we are under way !
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Well...to keep the ball rolling this morning...

As of 08:30 EST



don't forget one hour lag...
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Thanks for the Update from all involved.. Nice computer work, and Fletch gets the trooper award for working in the wee hours.. At least I now know the car is moving this way...Please keep posting one of those tracking pictures now and then when you can... Hope the DJ picks up a tail wind....
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Nice - here we come Halifax!!

Here are a couple of links I dug up when researching Halifax:

This first link is a webcam that is pointing in southerly direction towards the entrance of Halifax Harbour and Halifax Waterfront.
http://www.halifaxwebcam.ca/

This second link is of the current conditions at the Port of Halifax including a couple of webcam images.
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/AbsPage....iteid=1&lang=1
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Regarding Halifax...

DSR (Daily Status Report)
Go here to get information regarding which ships are in port, and at which berth they have docked.
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/AbsPage....iteid=1&lang=1

Port Information
Go here to view a map of the port. Click on the various highlighted areas to get more information.
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/AbsPage....iteid=1&lang=1
or an alternative page:
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/AbsPage....iteid=1&lang=1

Email Alerts
Go here if you'd like the DSR and/or other information regarding the port emailed to you.
http://www.portofhalifax.ca/AbsPage....iteid=1&lang=1
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Nice work shipmates ... looks like we'll be ready for the D J's approach into Halifax (hopefully within 7 days period)

02/18/06 14:15 EST update ... looks like she's chugging along nicely ...

It should be just about dinner time on board ...


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Regarding Atlantic and Halifax weather...

Atlantic:
Mid-Atlantic Satellite Loop
North Atlantic Satellite Image
Wave Height (Current/Forecast)

Halifax region:
Text Reports
Radar Reports
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10-day Forecast
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Well...I did some off the cuff calculations. According to Google Earth, the D J has travelled an estimated 125 (as the crow flies) miles or 107 nautical miles, since the 08:30 update (about 6 hours)... that would mean she's chugging along at a 'blistering' average pace of 20.8 mph ... slightly under 20 knots average speed

To put that speed into perspective:

-according to the Guiness book of records, the official world water speed record is 275.8 knots set on October 8, 1978 by Kenneth Peter Warby on Blowering Dam Lake

-a typical competently individually rowed row-boat travels about 1.1 knots

-The $800 million Queen Mary 2's (the world's largest, longest, tallest and widest passenger ship ever conceived) is top speed is approximately 30 knots.

-the e90 (ZSP equipped ) vmax speed is about 137 knots


The distance from the D J's last reported position to the port of Halifax (as the crow flies) is about 2,756 miles ... that would mean the D J still has about 5-6 days of sailing before reaching Halifax...so eta 02/23 - 02/24...IF she maintains her speed/trajectory. For the same distance an e90 (330i ZSP) running at top speed would make it in under 18 hours...(not accounting fuel and potty stops)
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Well...I did some off the cuff calculations. According to Google Earth, the D J has travelled an estimated 125 (as the crow flies) miles or 107 nautical miles, since the 08:30 update (about 6 hours)... that would mean she's chugging along at a blistering average pace of 20.8 mph ... slightly under 20 knots average speed
Curious, because I have Google Earth also...did you use its distance/path tools to calculate the distance travelled, or has somebody published an AIS overlay for it?
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Curious, because I have Google Earth also...did you use its distance/path tools to calculate the distance travelled, or has somebody published an AIS overlay for it?
Very (non-scientific) rough estimate (wide margin of error) .. I did a side by side with the AIS images and Google Earth image and placemarked the corresponding positions (again to my best approximation)...then I just used the distance/path tools. Really not to be used for exact measurement but for a general feeling of progress/entertainment purposes, it'll do ... short of calling up the bridge, this would give us a very rough estimate of the D J's speed.
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So if my calculations hold mostly true/correct ... the D J would call on Halifax on schedule or 1 day behind schedule (not accounting for traffic, weather etc)... I guess they're really gunning her to make up for the 2 days delay in Southampton (crew on-shore excursion? ) ... good job D J... hopefully this is good news to our other nervously/excitedly waiting shipmates.
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FYI...the DJ is now showing up on sailwx.info now. Let's hope it continues to show up for the duration...
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Ahoy...shipmates.

Progress Report: ...looks like our D J is making good progress and will soon hit open water.

Don Juan at 16:05 EST


Don Juan at 19:17 EST


edit: wrong ship ... sorry, please refer to few posts down

5-6 days to Halifax at this clip (by my rough estimate) ...
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FYI...the DJ is now showing up on sailwx.info now. Let's hope it continues to show up for the duration...
Good tip off on the sailwx.info site ... looks like there might be some web traffic, having troubles accessing the site...
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Here's the last of the AISLive images until which time DJ gets nearer the other side of the pond. Taken a couple of hours ago actually... I tried refreshing the map again a few minutes ago, but the DJ isn't on the map. She's in open waters...
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Whoops...I assumed the 'Don' was the Don Juan ... what time was your last AIS image taken, Fletch?

The sailwx.info site is behind then ...


DON JUAN

Last reported at 2006-Feb-18 18:00 UTC: position N 5000', W 00348' (show region).
Time now 2006-Feb-19 01:04 UTC.


Wind from 320 at 8 knots

Barometer 998.4 mb
Air temperature 7 C
Water temperature 9 C
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Whoops...I assumed the 'Don' was the Don Juan ... what time was your last AIS image taken, Fletch?
Not sure exactly what time, but approximately 2.5 hours ago...give or take...
If you look at my latest image, you'll notice the Don sitting to the DJ's northeast near the coast... That must be what you picked out...easy mistake though given the conjestion at times...


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The sailwx.info site is behind then ...

DON JUAN
Last reported at 2006-Feb-18 18:00 UTC: position N 5000', W 00348' (show region). Time now 2006-Feb-19 01:04 UTC.
I started having trouble getting sailwx to respond a couple of hours ago. What you show above are the exact same coordinates I picked up a couple of hours ago also... Their servers may not handle large loads... VERY SLOW right now...
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Hey...why don't we have everybody who's car made the Don Juan on 2/13/06 check in, and introduce yourselves. Yes, no? I'd like to see how many from this board made it onboard...

Oh...and did I mention my car finished production on my birthday? Same birthday!

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Now that we have little or no tracking resources until the D J hits Canada...Don Juan Shipmate Roll Call!! Great idea as always!
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