We're OK, Are You OK?
| 11:00 AM local time Thursday, September 13, 2001. (0000 September 13,
2001 UTC) 10 30 S 148 12 E. Temp. 82, Humidity 81%, cloud cover 10%.
One day out of Port Moresby, Papua, New Guinea.
Warm greetings from the crew of Maverick.
We heard about the events back home when we checked email on
Wednesday morning here, which would have been Tuesday afternoon for you.
Caroline had written Mr. Shrode a short note that included the basic
facts which we of course found beyond imagining. We soon made our
customary radio contact with a HAM net, where we were able to find out
the frequency for a New Zealand short wave broadcast of the BBC and
Voice of America. We normally don't follow these, but we spent the day
around the radio listening to the voices crackling over the airwaves and
describing one incredible fact after another, much as people did in
World War II.
We do not normally fly the stars and stripes at sea, but we raised
it today to half-mast. We are safe and our thoughts are with all the
people back home, particularly my brother in Washington, our friends in
New York, and webmaster Jim Mead, who works for the FAA and probably had
a tough day.
On my night watch last night, I spent a long time looking at the
stars, mindful of the thousands of eyes that will never see them again.
This time it's us wishing you to take care and Godspeed.
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