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We made it in to the Florida Sea Base dock at 20:10.  It has been a long two days of preparation followed by three very long days underway.  But the newest of the Florida Sea Base dive boat fleet is now parked in her slip at the Florida Sea Base.  The vessel is a Newton 46′ Dive Special. (www.newtonboats.com)  Now its time to unpack and resume normal duties.  The temperature inside my boat was over 100 degrees when I came aboard.  I turned on both air conditioners but (of course) the one that cools the salon and galley is not wanting to cooperate.  It has cooled down to 96 as I sit here sweating.

We left Slidell, LA 08:02 Thursday.  We were soon in a thunderstorm with lightning.  We stopped for the night at the Panama City Municipal Marina at 22:15 (14 hours 13 minutes underway).  [We did make an unscheduled fuel stop at a small marina in Alabama where we just happened to run into the single largest donor for the purchase of the BSA Centennial Eagle.]  We left Panama City Marina at 07:28 after a sleepless night and arrived at the Gulport Municipal Marina (near St. Petersberg, Florida) at 21:00 (13 hours 32 minutes underway).  We spent the whole day bashing into seas.  Captain Rich’s mother, Diane, stopped by with some friends and visited for a while.  We ordered a pizza from Dominos and went to bed as soon as possible.  This morning we departed at 08:20 and arrived at the Florida Sea Base dock at 20:10 (11 hours 50 minutes underway).  The morning started out a little rough but the seas calmed down for the last two-thirds of the day.  No one was injured and the boat did well.  As soon as we can get our local US Coast Guard inspector out to “bless” the boat we will board Scouts and take them diving.

I received a comment from Milly McCoy while I was gone regarding the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  Milly wrote:

yesterday i went diving on the uss massachusetts which is sunk just off pensacola pass. i didn’t see any oil but i wasn’t looking for it. i got home and put all my gear in the big wash tub i use for rinsing. when i took my gear out there was an oil sheen on the surface of the water in my rinse tub.

During our delivery from Slidell, Louisiana (about 20 or 30 miles north of New Orleans) to the Florida Sea Base we did not see any oil for sure.  However, Capt. Rich did see on patch that he thought may have been oil submerged under the surface.  We took the Intercoastal Waterway from Slidell to Panama City, Florida.  That is the main reason we did not see any oil.  We were in unprotected waters from Panama City (in the Florida panhandle) to the Florida Sea Base and did not see any evidence of oil.  Since I have been on the boat for the past three days I am way behind on the developments.  I apologize, but I am not going to make time tonight to get caught up.  The last I heard Thursday morning as I was having my complimentary continental breakfast at the hotel is that BP has moved the date from August to as late as after the first of the year to get the oil flow stopped.  I hope I heard wrong, but I will try to get myself caught up tomorrow.

Now I need to fix a quick bite to eat, shower and get some sleep.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape

Today is Memorial Day, please take a moment to reflect on the the soldiers who have fought and given their lives to protect the American way of life.  If you happen to see a soldier today, make an effort to tell them “thank you.”  And if you know a relative of a soldier thank them too.  They also sacrifice and suffer.  They deserve your thanks.

There seems to be no significant update to the Deepwater Horizon blow-out.  Winds should remain relatively light next week pushing the oil on-shore and possibly east as far as the Alabama / Florida border.  The off-shore oil stills appears to be caught in the Loop Current Eddy and posing no threat to the Florida Keys or the Florida Sea Base for the immediate future.  It may be MONTHS now before BP can shut this well down.  Current estimates suggest more than a million gallons of oil may be released through this one well by 01 August 2010.  I am not educated enough to find words to express my feelings.  This is simply unbelievable, incomprehensible, and criminal.  I appreciate all of the benefits of oil.  But the safety regulations have to be enforced and the safety devices have to be tested periodically for functionality.

On happier news, Captains Rich, Carol and I will be departing at 0630 tomorrow morning for Slidell, LA to take delivery of the Florida Sea Base’s third Newton 46 Dive Special, the BSA Centennial Eagle.  I have some housekeeping and packing left to do.  This is not a convenient time for us.  The boat was supposed to be ready before now.  Oh well.  It looks like we have a good weather forecast for the delivery.  That means a lot.

I’m not sure if I will be taking a laptop or not.  Even if I do, there will be a few days that I can’t post anything.  I will do my best to post whenever I can.  Thanks for your continued support.

Capt. Steve
Aboard S/V Escape