18-Jun-2004 -- My sister, Pam Lubbers, her husband, Lar Lubbers, their son, Bart Lubbers, and I cruised Glacier Bay and surrounding areas near Juneau during the week of June 12 -19, 2004 aboard the Glacier Bay Cruise Line ship, The Wilderness Adventurer. Since our ship was but 156’ long, the captain was able to take us into smaller coves than what would be available on the larger cruise lines.
I brought a digital camera and GPS just in case we crossed a confluence. A display map of our route indicated the path of the ship would cross N58, W134. I explained the Confluence Project to Captain Jim Nowlin, and asked if he would try to have the ship cross the confluence. He and all the crew had been very accommodating during the trip. Captain Nowlin said he would try.
We arrived at the confluence at about 10:30 p.m. on June 18, 2004. As demonstrated by the GPS coordinates as determined by the ships GPS and photographed by passenger Al Ronen, (the sun had just dropped below the horizon and there was not sufficient light on my GPS to record our position), Captain Nowlin came within just a few feet of the exact coordinate position.
I had shared my plan to record the confluence with most of the 38 other passengers and 20 crew members. When we reached the confluence they were all on top deck to celebrate the moment. It was an interesting way to celebrate our last night aboard the Wilderness Adventurer.
Coordinator's Note: A second, too blurry to show here, GPS photo gives the distance as less than 30 m from the point. The direction and speed of travel shown on the same image makes it certain that the boat passed within 15 m. Most probably, at least some part of the cruise ship passed directly over the confluence.