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Thursday, June 21st
2100 (ZD +4)
Delta Company:Training T9
AT ANCHOR – CHARLESTON, SC
We arrived off of Charleston this morning and anchored outside the channel at 1000 to save on fuel and provide the deck cadets with another opportunity to anchor the ship. The seas were calm and the wind dropped off to a light breeze, leaving us in perfect sunshine for the day. Deck Maintenance had a great day to chip and paint handrails and decks.
Engineering training completed all the upper class flashlight exams today. The next evolution will be to conduct the flashlight exams for the 4/C. The 4/C all have a “big brother”, which is an upper class whose responsibility it is to “mentor” or “coach” their cadet in what they need to know in the engine room. It’s a good system that helps both the 2/C and the 4/C better learn the engineering spaces aboard the ship.
This evening we had the final Port Brief for Cruise 2012. The brief consisted of sharing a little bit of the history of the port of Charleston along with how to get around and what to see while we’re there. Main points of interest in Charleston will be Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, Patriots Point where the World War II aircraft carrier USS YORKTOWN is docked, and the first submarine, The HUNLEY, is being restored. In addition, there are a lot of great homes and restaurants in the downtown area that are worth a visit.
We are scheduled to pick up the pilot at 0600 so will be weighing anchor at roughly 0500 in the morning. We hope to be alongside the Terminal Pier at 0800 and all fast by 0830. More on that tomorrow!