USS Shasta AE-33   -     LAST VOYAGE
In PACIFIC Waters



Capt Billy reports: Tug, crew and tow all good but slow going. Last 24 hrs under 4 kts. Wind in the face and bucking currents.
Ship has alot of sail area. No fish or traffic to report, just seas and wind. Crew working inside projects, cleaning and painting.
Tug RHEA     WEEK ONE
DATE: July 14, 2013  0600
POSITION:  20 ° 20 ' 5 N  X  153 ° 13 ' 1 W    SPEED:  3. 8 kts  
WIND:  E  20 k  - 
SEAS:   4 - 5 ft Swell 5 - 6 ft    Miles To Go: 4439 nm  Panama  
ETA: 41 days at current speed / 33 days @ 5.5 kts

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Capt Billy reports: Weather forecast is to improve in next two days, so will see what kind of speed we can make, hopefully over 5 kts. All is well aboard and with tow.
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Capt Billy reports: Tug, crew and tow all good. Scattered squalls, no fish biting.
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Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard with tug and tow. Not much to report, no fish, no traffic, just tugging along.
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Capt Jason reports: Two Mahi had the misfortune of biting our slowly trolling lures. They are now delicious ceviche. All OK on tug and tow.
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Capt Jason reports:  All OK on tug and tow, continued relentless winds and seas.
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Capt Jason reports:  Everyone OK on board, tug and tow good, just fighting winds and seas.

DATE: July 15, 2013  0600  Labored 91 nm
POSITION:  20 ° 20 ' 9 N  X  151 ° 37 ' 0 W  SPEED:  4. 0 kts
WIND:  E  20kts  SEAS:   5 - 7 ft   MTG: 4348 nm  Panama

ETA:  40 days at current speed

DATE: July 16, 2013  0600   Labored 102 nm
POSITION:  20 ° 33 ' 0 N  X  149 ° 52 ' 3 W  SPEED:  4. 5 kts
WIND:  E  20 - 25 kt  SEAS:   5 - 7 ft   MTG: 4246 nm  Panama

ETA:  40 days at current speed

DATE: July 17, 2013  0300  ( local ) 
Labored 94 nm
POSITION: 20 ° 39 ' 1 N  X  148 ° 24 ' 7 W  SPEED:   4. 3 kts  
WIND:  E  20 - 25 kt  SEAS:   5 - 7 ft   MTG: 4152 nm  Panama
ETA:  August 26, 2013

DATE: July 18, 2013  0300  ( local ) 
Labored 87 nm
POSITION: 20 ° 47 ' 1 N  X  146 ° 42 ' 6 W  SPEED:   4. 3 kts  
WIND:  E  20 - 25 kt  SEAS:   5 - 7 ft   MTG: 4065 nm  Panama

DATE: July 19, 2013  0300  ( local ) 
Labored 100 nm
POSITION: 20 ° 58 ' 6 N  X  144 ° 54 ' 5 W  SPEED:   4. 2 kts  
WIND:  E  20 - 25 kt  SEAS:   5 - 7 ft   MTG: 3965 nm  Panama

DATE: July 20, 2013  0300  ( local )  Labored 98 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 01 ' 1 N  X  143 ° 09 ' 6 W  SPEED:   3. 9 kts  
WIND:  E  20 - 25 kt  SEAS:   5 - 7 ft   MTG: 3867 nm  Panama
ETA:    August 26, 2013


Capt Jason reports: 
  All is well aboard, tug and tow good.



Capt Jason reports:  Tug and tow good, no birds, no ships and one small Mahi.


Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.


Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.


Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.


Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.

Capt Billy reports - Caught 2 more good size dolphin today, making a total of 4 so far. Grilled some steaks with corn on the cob. Decision made to take on fuel in Manzanillo, pick up few supplies and change two crewmen.


Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.
 

Tug RHEA     WEEK TWO
DATE: July 21, 2013  0300  ( local )  Labored 104 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 08 ' 3 N  X  141 ° 17 ' 2 W  SPEED:   4. 6 kts  
WIND:  E  20 - 25 kt  SEAS:   4 - 6 ft   MTG: 3763 nm  Panama

DATE: July 22, 2013  0300  ( local )  Labored 109 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 17 ' 1 N  X  139 ° 19 ' 5 W  SPEED:   4. 9 kts  
WIND:  E  20  kt    SEAS:  4 - 6 ft   MTG:  3654 nm  Panama

DATE:  July 23, 2013  0300  ( local ) Labored 104 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 37 ' 8 N  X  137 ° 26 ' 3 W  SPEED:  4. 8 kts  
WIND: NE 20-25kt  SEAS: 4-6 ft  MTG:   3550 nm  Panama

DATE:  July 24, 2013  0300  ( local ) Labored 110 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 59 ' 9 N  X  135 ° 24 ' 0 W  SPEED:   5. 5 kts  
WIND:  NE  15  kt  SEAS:   3 ft   MTG:     3440 nm  Panama

DATE:  July 25, 2013  0300  ( local ) Labored 108 nm
POSITION: 22 ° 22 ' 5 N  X  133 ° 23 ' 9 W  SPEED:   5. 5 kts  
WIND:   NE  15  kt  SEAS: 2 - 3 ft MTG:  3332 nm  Panama

DATE:  July 26, 2013  0300  ( local )
POSITION: 22 ° 43 ' 6 N  X  131 ° 22 ' 8 W  SPEED:   3. 7 kts  
WIND:   E  20  kt  SEAS:  4 - 5 ft  
MTG: 1599 Manzanillo Mexico
( NOTE CHANGE - for bunkers and crew change.)

DATE:  July 27, 2013  0300  ( local ) Labored 107 nm
POSITION: 23 ° 01 ' 4 N  X  129 ° 29 ' 4 W  SPEED:   4. 7 kts  
WIND:   E  20  kt  SEAS:  4 - 5 ft  
MTG:  1492 Manzanillo Mexico 
ETA:                 August 8, 2013
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Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.
They did a course change today after running a more northernly course to miss  Tropical Storm Flossie. See  storm image below.


Capt Jason reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.



Mate Debbie reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.
I asked who Debbie was and got this photo. :)



Mate Debbie reports: All is well aboard, with tug and tow.



Mate Debbie reports: All OK aboard, with tug and tow



Mate Debbie reports: All OK aboard, with tug and tow



Mate Debbie reports: Not much happening on the sea life, continue regular maintenance, priming, painting and varnishing. The only fish caught last few days have been by Chile (dog)  when they fly on deck. He did find one almost as long as my forearm, Biggest Flying Fish that I have ever seen. Chile was on night watch and made sure EVERYONE on tug knew there was a stranger onboard.  We are extremely low on reading materials so the books you are sending will be appreciated by everyone. Tug, tow and crew all OK. 


Tug RHEA     WEEK THREE
DATE:   July 28, 2013  0300  ( local )  Labored 115 nm
POSITION: 22 ° 53 ' 4 N  X  127 ° 11 ' 6 W  SPEED:  5. 2 kts  
WIND:    E  10  kt   SEAS: 3 - 4 ft  
MTG:  1305 nm Manzanillo Mexico

DATE:  July 29, 2013  0300  ( local )  Labored 97 nm
POSITION: 22 ° 43 ' 3 N  X  125 ° 28 ' 5 W  SPEED:  5. 2 kts  
WIND:    E  10 -15 kt  SEAS: 2 - 4 ft  
MTG:  1208 nm Manzanillo Mexico 

DATE:  July 30, 2013  0300  ( local )   Labored 119 nm
POSITION: 22 ° 27 ' 0 N  X  123 ° 19 ' 0 W  SPEED:  5. 29 kts  
WIND:     E  5 -10 kt  SEAS:  2 - 4 ft  
MTG:   1089 nm Manzanillo Mexico

DATE:  July 31, 2013  0300  ( local )  Labored 126 nm
POSITION: 22 ° 11 ' 4 N  X  121 ° 04 ' 8 W  SPEED:  5. 0 kts  
WIND:    E  5 -10 kt  SEAS:  2 - 4 ft  
MTG:      963 nm Manzanillo Mexico

DATE:  Aug. 01, 2013 0400 ( local ) Labored 114 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 51 ' 4 N  X  119 ° 03 ' 8 W  SPEED:  5. 2 kts  
WIND:    E  10 kt      SEAS:   2 - 4 ft  
MTG:      849 nm  Manzanillo Mexico 

DATE:  Aug. 02, 2013  0400  ( local ) Labored 126 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 33 ' 4 N  X  116 ° 54 ' 8 W  SPEED:   5. 5 kts  
WIND:     NE  10 kt   SEAS: 2 - 4 ft  
MTG:      723 nm  Manzanillo Mexico

DATE:  Aug. 03, 2013  0400  ( local ) Labored 128 nm
POSITION: 21 ° 09 ' 4 N  X  114 ° 35 ' 8 W  SPEED:   5. 5 kts  
WIND:     NE  10 kt   SEAS:  2 - 4 ft  
MTG:      595 nm  Manzanillo Mexico 
ETA:                 August 8, 2013

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Mate Debbie reports: Tug, crew and tow all OK.




Mate Debbie reports: Tug, crew and tow all OK.




Mate Debbie reports: Tug, crew and tow all OK.
Email received from Manzanillo - 8-6-2013-1800
Dear Captain of the vessel Please contact to
VTS Manzanillo VHF CH  16 and  14 for anchorage position..
Acapulco Shipping Agencies



Mate Debbie reports: Tug, crew and tow all OK.
1200 st/by 3nm off Manzanillo s/b 1203 start bringing in wire 1300 wire short 1000 ft over all
1325 cleared s/b inbound traffic lane , traffic instructed for us to proceed to Anchorage C.
No pilot 1530 ship stopped and secured with 2000 ft of tow wire, st/by for local officials.
Pos 19.05.0 n 104.19.6 w 1620 Port Authorities on board - 1640 Port Authorities disembark



Capt Billy reports:  I don't understand why agent took so long to clear us. We have had copy of Hawaii
clearance st/by ready for him since yesterday when he ask for it. All is well aboard, tug fueled, two crew
change, groceries and some supplies replinished. Nice to walk on shore and grab a bite to eat and see
 people. We have already seen large schools of tuna and one brown Pacific sailfish. The weather is
 beautiful and it's a great day to be a sailor
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Capt Billy reports:  All ok with tug and tow.
Tug RHEA     WEEK FOUR
DATE:  Aug. 04, 2013  0400  ( local ) Labored 133 nm POSITION: 20 ° 43 ' 7 N  X  112 ° 16 ' 8 W  SPEED:   5. 4 kts  
WIND:     NE  5 - 10 kt  SEAS: 1 - 3 ft  
MTG:       462 nm  Manzanillo Mexico 
ETA:      August 7, 2013   REVISED!!

DATE:   Aug. 05, 2013  0400  ( local )
Labored 130 nm
POSITION: 20 ° 19 ' 5 N  X  110 ° 00 ' 3 W   SPEED:  5. 6 kts  
WIND:    NE  5 - 10 kt   SEAS: 1 - 3 ft  
MTG:      332 nm  Manzanillo Mexico 

DATE:    Aug. 06, 2013  0400  ( local ) Labored 132 nm
POSITION: 19 ° 45 ' 9 N  X  107 ° 44 ' 7 W  SPEED:   6. 0 kts  
WIND:    Calm  SEAS:  Calm
MTG:      200 nm  Manzanillo Mexico

DATE:    Aug. 07, 2013  0400  ( local ) Labored 133 nm
POSITION: 19 ° 15 ' 0 N  X  105 ° 26 ' 7 W  SPEED:   5. 6 kts  
WIND:    Calm  SEAS: 1 - 2 ft
MTG:      67 nm  Manzanillo Mexico

DATE:    Aug, 08, 2013 - In Manzanillo Mexico - No Report

DATE:    Aug. 09, 2013 - Departing Manzanillo Mexico
1525 agent and officials on board;
1535 agent off, tug cleared for sea
1603 u/w from Anchorage area C
1625 cleared Manzanillo s/b, u/w for sea bound for Panama
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Position: 18° 59' 0N x 104° 23' 2 W  SPEED:  4.9 kts
WIND:    SSW 10-12 knts  SEAS:  1-2 ft. 3 ft. swells
MTG:      1736 nm  Panama

DATE:    Aug. 10, 2013 0418 ( local ) Labored 58 nm
POSITION: 18 ° 05 ' 0 N  X  103 ° 48 ' 7 W  SPEED:   5. 0 kts  
WIND:    Calm  SEAS: 1 - 2 ft  Swell 2 ft.
MTG:      1678 nm  Panama


Capt Billy reports: All good aboard and with vessels, last night had a large school of dolphins surfing
bow wake of tug. No fish yesterday buy spotted sailfish jumping around us. Crew painting outside
and enjoying the beautiful weather.

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Capt Billy reports: All is well aboard, tug and tow all good. Little ship traffic stemming North
 and South. No fish today only turtles swimming along with birds catching a free ride..
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Capt Billy reports: No fish to report but Patrick did cook some more Mahi last night. We have had
scattered showers all day with over cast. It was nice to have a break from hot sun. Bobby has been
 doing some touch up painting inside galley and Patrick is
finishing up doghouse. Chile is happy
 to have Patrick on board they play around

all day and Chile is Patrick’s new shadow. Rhea/Billy
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Capt Billy report: All ok with tug and tow, wind and seas picked up slowed a bit.
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Capt Billy report: All ok with tug and tow, we are out of the Tehuantepc winds and making better
speed. No fish to report, that will change in few days, Central America is always good to us.
 I am sure we will fill the freezer with
Mahi and tuna.
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Capt Billy report:  No fish to report today, but we did loose two large fish, they both
 parted 300 lb test mono. Chile (dog) and Patrick had water fight on back deck this
 morning. Seeing lots of turtles and tuna out today. All Ok on tug and tow.
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Capt Billy report:  Sister tug Elsbeth III came alongside at 0445 and handed off some supplies,
news of the world and few ‘goodie’ packages from the office.  Nice to see crew and have
short visit. Last night had scattered showers and wind gusting up to 25 kts. The head
winds have been 15 – 20 all day killing our speed. Lots of sea life, Debbie and Patrick
spotted a killer whale jumping next to tug, also steamed through large school of tuna
with no luck. Chile loves seeing all the birds diving into school for bait fish. Lots of turtles
paired up, must be mating season. All is well with tug and tow.
Tug RHEA     WEEK FIVE
DATE:   Aug. 12, 2013  0600 (local)
POSITION: 16 ° 33 ' 7 N  X  100 ° 03 ' 5 W  SPEED:   5. 6 kts
WIND:    SW 10 kts  SEAS:  1 - 2 ft  swell 3 ft
MTG:     1436 nm Balboa   2989 nm Brownsville

DATE:  Aug. 13, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 127 nm
POSITION: 15 ° 43 ' 8 N  X  098 ° 03 ' 5 W  SPEED:   5. 4 kts
WIND:    Calm  SEAS:    Calm swell 3 ft
MTG:      1309 nm Balboa    2863 nm Brownsville
ETA: Balboa  Aug. 23, 2013   Brownsville  Sept. 09, 2013

DATE:   Aug.14, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 126 nm
POSITION:  15 ° 15 ' 9 N  X  095 ° 59 ' 6 W  SPEED:   5. 0 kts
WIND:     NW 10 – 15 kts SEAS:   3 – 4 ft   swell 3 – 5 ft
MTG:     1183 nm Balboa   2739 nm Brownsville

DATE:   Aug.15, 2013  0600 (local)  Labored 81 nm
POSITION:  14 ° 43 ' 2 N  X  094 ° 44 ' 0 W  SPEED:  4. 1 kts
WIND:     NE 20 kts  SEAS:  5 – 7 ft 
MTG:    1102 nm Balboa   2659 nm Brownsville

DATE:   Aug. 16, 2013 0600 (local) Labored 109 nm
POSITION: 13 ° 48 ' 8 N  X  093 ° 07 ' 0 W  SPEED:   4. 4 kts
WIND:     S  10 - 15 kts  SEAS:  2 – 3 ft  
MTG:      993 nm Balboa    2549 nm Brownsville

DATE:   Aug. 17, 2013 0600 (local) Labored 109 nm
POSITION: 13 ° 08 ' 5 N  X  091 ° 25 ' 7 W  SPEED:   4. 0 kts
WIND:    NE  5 - 7 kts  SEAS:  2 – 3 ft   swell 4 ft
MTG:      888 nm Balboa     2443 nm Brownsville


DATE:  Aug. 18, 2013 0600 (local) Labored 96 nm
POSITION: 12 ° 36 ' 9 N  X  089 ° 52 ' 7 W  SPEED:   4. 6 kts
WIND:    SE  15 kts  SEAS:     3– 4 ft   swell 4 ft
MTG:      792 nm Balboa      2347 nm Brownsville


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Capt Billy report:  All is well with tug and tow,  Engineer is doing some
maintenance on Portside Main which is currently offline.
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Capt Billy report:  All is well with tug and tow,  PME is offline for
maintenance, will be back on line today.

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Capt Billy reports:  All is well with tug, crew and tow,  PME back on line
last night, running good and making better speed.
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Capt Billy reports: All is well with tug, crew and tow, Debbie grilled steaks and
chicken for nice crew dinner. No fish to report only turtles and birds.
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Capt Billy reports: All Ok with tug and tow. Thought we hooked grass
yesterday and it turned out to be 25 lb wahoo, Patrick and I cleaned it
and cooked half right away, made a great breakfast! We have been
running through rain squalls last few days the closer to land the more
we can tell it’s rainy season.
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Capt Billy reports: All is well aboard, looking forward to being on land soon.
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Capt Billy reports: All is well aboard with tug and tow.

Tug RHEA     WEEK SIX

DATE:  Aug. 19, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 75 nm
POSITION: 12 ° 02 ' 7 N  X  088 ° 44 ' 0 W  SPEED:   3.0 kts
WIND:    Calm   SEAS:   Calm
MTG:      717 nm Balboa       2271 nm Brownsville

DATE:   Aug. 20, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 79 nm
POSITION: 11 ° 19 ' 7 N  X  087 ° 38 ' 4 W  SPEED:   3.2 kts
WIND:    Calm   SEAS:   Calm  swell 2 ft
MTG:      638 nm Balboa       2194 nm Brownsville

DATE:   Aug. 21, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 87 nm
POSITION: 10 ° 18 ' 7 N  X  086 ° 32 ' 0 W  SPEED:   4.7 kts
WIND:    NE 15 kts  SEAS: 1 – 2 ft  swell 3 ft
MTG:     551 nm Balboa        2105 nm Brownsville

DATE:   Aug.22, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 131 nm
POSITION:  09 ° 00 ' 5 N  X  084 ° 48 ' 3 W  SPEED:   6.1 kts
WIND:    N 10 kts  SEAS:    1 – 3 ft  swell 3 ft
MTG:      420 nm Balboa        1977 nm Brownsville

DATE:    Aug. 23, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 135 nm
POSITION:   07 ° 45 ' 5 N  X  082 ° 55 ' 0 W  SPEED:   4.6 kts
WIND:     S 5 - 7 kts   SEAS:  1 – 2 ft  swell 3 ft
MTG:      285 nm Balboa        1842 nm Brownsville

DATE:    Aug. 24, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 118 nm
POSITION:   07 ° 07 ' 1 N  X  081 ° 04 ' 8 W  SPEED:   5.2 kts
WIND:     S 10  kts     SEAS:   2 – 3 ft  swell 4 ft
MTG:      167 nm Balboa         1724 nm Brownsville

DATE:    Aug. 25, 2013  0600 (local) Labored 125 nm
POSITION:    08 ° 09 ' 6 N  X  079 ° 37 ' 7 W  SPEED:   5.3 kts
WIND:     calm           SEAS:     calm  swell 3 ft
MTG:       42 nm Balboa          1724 nm Brownsville
ETA:     Balboa - Aug. 25, 2013   Brownsville – Sept. 09,  2013




With Shasta in tow,


Flossie - moving west - July 26, 2013


1st Mate CHILE says "Adios Hawaii"
Chile, on night watch, lets eveyone know when strangers are aboard.

Crew Photo


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