UPDATE – 3/30/20 7:30am – The US Navy Hospital Ship Comfort passed by the Delaware beaches around 9am Sunday – but was too far offshore in the fog to be seen as one listener tells WGMD. The ship plotter bogged down after that – but is back and working this morning. Comfort is due east of Sandy Hook, NJ moving towards the Hudson River – the next high tide at the NY Battery is around 1pm.
Yesterday the US Navy Hospital Ship Comfort left Norfolk for New York City – four weeks ahead of schedule. The Comfort is loaded with 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, a helicopter deck, a full medical staff and supplies and will take on non-coronavirus patients who are critically ill to alleviate the burden of the city’s increasingly overflowing hospitals. Comfort is now off the Eastern Shore of Virginia – moving to the north at 9.9 knots. She’s expected to arrive in New York Monday.
You can follow the hospital ship’s progress with the ship plotter – http://henney.com/sp/ . Ths USNS Comfort will show as a red marker arrow off the coast. If you put your mouse over it – the name will show up. The ship will be birthed at Pier 90 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (if you zoom in on the plotter you’ll see Lincoln Tunnel – Pier 90 is just to the northeast off West 50th Street.)