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Voyage 2005

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NOTE: The ship's SITREP's are posted on the Progress Report page

Page Updates:

11 MAY 2005: Added footnotes to itinerary with more detailed visiting information

13 APR 2005: Communications Information

Proposed Itinerary
Revised 04 JAN 2005

Following is the currently-envisioned itinerary for the 2005 Voyage.  As there are a multitude of variables involved in a project of this magnitude, it must be emphasized that this itinerary is still subject to review and revision.  If you make personal plans based upon this schedule, you will be wise to allow yourself some flexibility and latitude.


 
Proposed Itinerary for the 2005 Voyage
Last Revision: 22 JUN 2005
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TIME
DATE
DAY
PORT OF CALL
WEEKEND
IN PORT
DAYS
IN PORT
HOURS
UNDERWAY
N. MILES
ENROUTE
0800
05-17-05
Tue
Dep. Mobile, AL
   
225
1690
0800
05-26-05
Thu
Arr. Alexandria, VA 1
Yes
4
   
2000
05-30-05
Mon
Dep. Alexandria, VA
   
90
480
1800
06-03-05
Fri
Arr. MA Maritime Acad. 2
 Yes
 
 
0800
06-08-05
Wed
Dep. MA Maritime Acad.
   
7
50
1600
06-08-05
Wed
Arr. Charlestown Navy Yard 3
Yes
4
 
 
 
06-11-05
Sat
USS Constitution Harbor Turnaround
       
0800
06-13-05
Mon
CNY Pier 4
   
2
0
1000
06-13-05
Mon
Boston Harbor Area
Yes
7
 
 
 
06-18-05
Sat
Dept. of Defense World War II Memorial
       
0800
06-20-05
Mon
Dep. CNY Pier 4
   
7
50
1500
06-20-05
Mon
Arr. Gloucester, MA 4
No
3
   
0600
06-24-05
Fri
Dep. Gloucester, MA
   
264
1980
1200
07-04-05
Mon
Arr. Mobile, AL
4th of July
 
 
   
 
 
 
TOTAL HOURS & N. MILES
 
 
595
4250
 
 
 
TOTAL DAYS
 
22
24
 Rev.01-04-05

 
Voyage Summary
Total Days Underway:
24
Total Days in Port:
22
Total Cruise Days:
46
Total Hours Underway:
595
Total Miles:
4250

 
Hours: 0900-1630 (09:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Admission: Children 1-4, free; 5-18, $5; Adults, $10; Family (mother, father, children under 18), $20

1 Alexandria, VA

We will dock at Robinson Terminal North.  Gate entrance to the dock is located at the cross streets of Oronoco Street and Union Street, Old Town Alexandria, VA.  Special thanks goes to Washington Post for their sponsorship.  Washington Post owns the dock and permitted USS LST-325 to berth without the normal commercial mooring fees.  We deeply appreciate their assistance and support for the veterans. 

Friday, May 27, 2005 The Honorable Mayor William Euille will present the ship with a proclamation and Captain Jornlin with give the Mayor the keys to the bow doors.  They will then participate in a Memorial Service, followed by a tour.
 

2 Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzard Bay, MA

USS LST-325 will berth on MMA campus alongside the academy facilities.  School will be in session and Maritime Cadets will be finishing up their year within a few weeks.  We deeply appreciate the Academy for providing us the pier and the use of their campus to stage this port of call.  Captain Ronald Colpus, LST-325ís Master is a MMA graduate.  For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for a rewarding career at sea.  As the nation's oldest and finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. 

LST-325 will pay tribute to the fallen Merchant Marine sailors that gave their all in the defense of our freedom.

Monday, June 6 at 1000:  Commodore Richard Gurnon and MMA Trustees will board the ship, participate in a Memorial Service and tour the ship on the Anniversary of D-Day with Captain Jornlin.
 

3 Charlestown Navy Yard

The ship will dock at pier 4 in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.  Special thanks goes to the National Parks Services for assistance in coordinating our arrival. 

USS LST-325 will lead the column of ships with the USS Constitution on June 11, 2005 at 10:00 AM and return to her berth by 12:30 PM. 

On June 12, the Bunker Hill Day Parade Crew will participate.

Captain Jornlin and crew will participate in the 60th anniversary salute to the WW II veterans on June 18, 2005 sponsored by the Department of Defense on Pier 1.  Please see www.60wwii.com
 

4 Gloucester, MA

LST-325 will make her final port of call in Massachusetts at Gloucester.  We will arrive at the USCG Station, Gloucester. Special thanks goes out to the United States Coast Guard and Harbor Master for their assistance to planning our arrival.


The arrival of LST-325 is a symbol to the sacrifice made by all Coast Guard sailors having given in the defense of our freedom during WW II through today.  The Coast Guard has serviced in combat from World War II to Vietnam and to our shores and rivers for Homeland Security.



 
LST 325 (WW2LST) PLANS QSO SCHEDULE DURING MAY-JULY MOBILE-BOSTON CRUISE

LST-325 is now officially a cruising museum ship, but she still carries the USS LST 325 name and her original WW2 radio call NWVC.  On May 17th she expects to depart Mobile, Al. bound for Alexandria, Va. with arrival scheduled for May 26th.  She should subsequently arrive at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy around June 3rd, at Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston around June 8th, and Gloucester, MA on June 20th, ultimately arriving back in Mobile on July 4th. 

 Her radio room features functioning vintage receivers and transmitters that are true to the models she carried into battle during the 1942-1945 time period, including the RBB, RBC and TCS-12 receivers, plus the TDE and TCS transmitters. LST 325's radio room also carries modern marine and amateur radio transceivers for routine communications.  Her amateur radio call is WW2LST.  Her radiomen during the 2005 cruise will be Perry Ballinger (W8AU) and Tom Pendarvis (W0MTP).  Tom and Perry are US Navy veterans and Navy-Marine Corps MARS operators.  Both men also "worked the radios" during the LST-325's two-month 2003 cruise of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

The tentative ARS operating schedule (when ship duties permit) during the at-sea periods of May 17-26, May 30-June 3, and June 23-July 4th) is:
 

PHONE OPS
1600 UTC 1200 EDT Check into US Sub Vets Net 14.243 +/-
1700 UTC 1300 EDT Check into Maritime Mobile Service Net 14.300
1800 UTC 1400 EDT 40M (SouthCars / EastCars) 7.251 / 7.255
2100 UTC 1700 EDT 60M 5403.5 USB
0100 UTC 2100 EDT 80M 3.900 +/-
Evenings 6M 50.125
10M AM 29.000

 
CW OPS
1100 UTC 0700 EDT 40M  7.020 
Afternoons 20M 14.020
17M 18.080
15M 21.040
Evenings 6M 50.125
40M 7.035
80M 3.550
160M 1.805

Another phone frequency to check is the Pacific Maritime Net on 14.313 just after 0400 UTC if 20 meters is open between the US East and West coasts.  In the case of the preceding net frequencies, if the LST is on the air, they'll try to leave their operating frequency with the Net Control Station, where applicable.  If you don't hear the ship, try calling, then waiting, in case they are listening on frequency while temporarily busy on a different frequency.  Again, the ship's ARS call is WW2LST/MM.

The latest QSL information should be available on www.qrz.com when the ship's station call, WW2LST, is entered.  Bob Wilder (AF2HD), retired USAF with sea duty experience, will again serve as the ship's "mission control" for amateur radio operations and can QSL when an SASE is supplied.  WW2LST can also QSL via eQSL. 

While in port, the radio operators will try to maintain a reduced version of the preceding schedule in the midst of giving ship tours and participating in-port activities.  Any additional operating information or changes will be communicated by radio to Bob Wilder (AF2HD), and should subsequently be available on the LST 325 website (either on the Voyage 2005 page and/or the Progress Report page), and possibly listed as a bulletin with the Maritime Mobile Service Net.  Note that scheduled operations will include the use of vintage WW2 transmitters and receivers (where appropriate) for AM and CW contacts.

Phone patch traffic will be handled on Navy-Marine Corps MARS frequencies and via the ShipCom Coast Radio station WLO.  During the periods when this is taking place, WW2LST will probably not be operating due to antenna logistics.

After returning to Mobile, Al., LST 325 is expected to be moving northward to a "fresh water" home port on the Ohio River -- Evansville, Indiana -- where many LSTs and P47s were built during WW2, as well as ammunition and other war needs.

For those readers with "excess inventory," LST 325 is still looking for a TCS-12 power supply (remember those venerable WW2 transmitter/receiver workhorses?), and a modern 50 Amp, 12 Vdc metered power supply (non-switching).  The ship is also looking for the filters that cover the signal spotlights so they can conduct light contacts with other ships.  If you have any such items to contribute (tax-deductible), please contact our Operations Coordinator: Bob Wilder, AF2HD, phone: 251-653-5274 or email: bwils@bellsouth.net.

More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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