Location: N 27 56.7 W 082 26.6 Course: N/A Speed 0 kt
Weather: Sunny, Wind ESE 5-10 kt. Seas: Calm.
As we bid adieu to Tampa, all eyes are on the next eight days at sea. Each Company was afforded two days of liberty to explore the port and I believe they made the most of it. There were busses running to Busch Gardens as well as out to Clearwater Beach on Saturday and Sunday so many students spent their days basking in the Florida sun and catching a break from the ship’s routine. We docked in the heart of downtown Tampa, directly astern of the American Victory. Students were granted free tours of the WWII era transport and I am pretty sure they are much happier about their accommodations aboard the TSSOM after seeing what their predecessors had to deal with.
I am sure each of your students will have their individualized stories to tell, from eating their first cuban sandwich to being invited to join a harbor cruise on Saturday evening.
On Saturday, nearly 80 alumni came aboard for a reception and spent several hours meeting our students and getting reacquainted with past shipmates. Sunday we had a Boy Scout Troop aboard for tours as well as a local high school magnet program that specializes in marine studies.
Today’s TSSOM fun fact comes from 2/C Jonathan Payne: The training ship has three large sea water system sea chests. The sea water that is pulled in through these chests is used for cooling purposes and is returned overboard once it passes through the cooling systems’ heat exchangers. The sea chests are located in the forward end of the lower engine room. Tow of the chess are situated low on the hull, on either side of the keel while the third is higher up. The lower sea chests are utilized while at sea and in deeper water where there is less chance of picking up sediment off the bottom and the upper sea chest is used in port.
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