Dear Members and
If you attended our luncheon on the
O'BRIEN March 16 you know we and our many guests had an enjoyable time. The
council was able to give our beloved and adopted ship our largest check yet
- $400 - for her upkeep. Also presented was our mint sheet of Liberty Ship
stamps, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS/message/318. We
did it in the name of the American Merchant Marine Veterans - the luncheon was
in their honor. Both Captain Mark Shafer and Captain Patrick Moloney spoke. Same
for representatives from the Golden Gate and Sacramento Valley AMMV chapters.
The sheet cake was inscribed, "WE SALUTE THE AMMV!" Then there was the lively
discussion on the Sea Scouts at the San Francisco National Maritime Park's Hyde
Street Pier. The drawing successfully supported the O'BRIEN contribution, the
luncheon expenses, and even enabled us to further enhance our council treasury.
Our next luncheon will be Monday,
June 15, at Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub, 1951 Embarcadero East,
Oakland, south of downtown; 1130 social, noon lunch, $25. Come hear our panel of
guest speakers discuss short sea shipping on the Bay-area marine highways.
If you know someone eminently qualified to speak on the subject let me know -
there remains an opening on the panel.
Looks like our quarterly
Captain's Call newsletter will be a double issue - the first and second
quarter of 2009 issues combined. Expect it in early May. Contributions
welcome - same for our website.
The introductory text of our council
website has been updated; visit or see below. I encourage you to check the
site's Links section to "surf the net" for things
Keep in touch.
Pacific Merchant Marine Council,
The Navy League is the foremost
citizens' organization to serve, support, and stand with all of the U.S. sea
services - the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the U.S. flag Merchant
Marine. The Navy League has a network of 270 councils with nearly 60,000
members. The Pacific Merchant Marine Council, chartered December 11, 2006
is one of the newest! Membership is well above its 44 charter members; retention
is the highest in the League.
The council hosts quarterly luncheon
meetings with noted guest speakers aboard the National Liberty Ship Memorial
S.S. JEREMIAH O'BRIEN, Pier 45, San Francisco and elsewhere. The dates are the
third Monday of March, June, September, and December; 11:30 am for the social
and noon for the luncheon. The next luncheon will be June 15 at Quinn's
Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub, 1951 Embarcadero East, Oakland, south of
downtown. Come hear about short sea shipping on our Bay-area marine
Our recent luncheon meeting was
Monday, 16 March 2009 aboard the O'BRIEN. We honored the American Merchant
We enthusiastically welcome new members and
invite participation as "Citizens in Support of the Sea Services." Being a
sailor or veteran is not a prerequisite. Be as active or inactive as you
choose. The emphasis of this council is to support the U. S. flag Merchant
Marine, U. S. citizen crews, the nation's maritime industry and the maritime
Online, visit the Navy League's
website, http://navyleague.org. For the Pacific Merchant Marine Council this award winning
website (#1 NLUS 2007) is a primary means of communications with the membership
and public. It is complemented by the council's quarterly newsletter,
Phelps Hobart is President; his
telephone number is (916) 739-6949 and E-mail address is PMMC at cwo dot com.
Correspondence may be
Pacific Merchant Marine
Navy League of the United States
PO Box 191403