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TSSOM Blog, Day 34 of 2012 Training Cruise

Wednesday, June 6th

2100 (ZD +4)


Alpha Company:Maintenance

Bravo Company:Utility

Charlie Company:Watch

Delta Company:Training T5

Pillsbury Sound – AT ANCHOR

This morning we transited up the Pillsbury Passage between the islands of St. Thomas and St. John to an anchorage in Pillsbury Sound. It was well protected from the wind and swells allowing us to lower lifeboats One and Two, as well as both Fast Rescue Boats. We were at anchor from 1245 until 1600 in 75 feet of water. The surrounding islands were as picturesque as it can get. But the best thing  ----  we were in cell phone range!!!!

We’ll be heading south through the Pillsbury Passage again and then west along the south coast of St. Thomas and then north up the Virgin Passage to the east of Puerto Rico enroute to Bermuda. We have been advised that the pilots in Bermuda want us going through the approach to St. George Bay at high tide, so that means at about 1530. Since this is a really late arrival (if you are in the liberty section that day), we have decided to go in on Sunday, June 10th rather than Monday June 11th. This will allow us to complete all the arrival activities (Customs and Immigration, off-loading trash, setting up the gangway, etc.) the afternoon and evening of June 10th, providing a less hectic start to our port stay.

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