After leaving Hawaii, the mood among the military became more somber. Many of the guys would throw coins into the children's playroom. I didn't understand and asked my Mother "why"? She told me they were going to war in Korea and wouldn't be able to spend their money, so it was rather useless to them.
We came upon another military ship, I believe a Battleship, and a mini-war games took place. It was fascinating to watch the other ship as it fired it's guns.
An albatross followed our ship, which my Mother said was good luck. We saw flying fish and a pod of Killer Whales traveled with us for a day. It was becoming colder as we traveled north again.
We passed the 180th Meridian, or the Domain of the Golden Dragon, on November 23, 1952. This is the International Date Line and we lost a day when we passed through. For the military personnel there was an initiation but for us, we simply received a card saying we had entered the Domain of the Golden Dragon.
Then we received the news of an approaching typhoon. We had to change our course as we were headed toward the center of the typhoon. The closer we came to the storm, we were no longer allowed up on deck. The sailors secured everything topside and we were to stay below deck until the storm passed. It would prove to be a rough storm.