The Ancient Mariners held their annual
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Luncheon at the Oyster Point Yacht Club in South San
Francisco. Capt. Steve Ware of Baydelta Maritime was master of ceremonies and
Keynote speaker, Capt. Frank Medeiros, talked about serving on a
liberty ship on which he took his first voyage around the world before World War
II. He also served on the second ship to be hit by the enemy in World War
Medeiros has taken part in three movies: the
award-winning "The Men Who Sailed Our Liberty Ships"; "World War II
Honorees"; and "American Legion Post 230."
As Commander, American Legion Hellenic Post 230 in San
Francisco, Medeiros made several maritime donations including $25,000 to the
American Merchant Marine Memorial in San Pedro, CA, which has a Wall of Honor
listing names of more than 7,000 merchant mariners and their ships, lost during
"But for those people who built the
liberty ships and the men who loaded and sailed them, we wouldn't have our
freedom today,"said Medeiros.
The event's printed program included an interesting story about two men
who attended the luncheon: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Cadets
Kenneth Holcombe and Cornelius Farley. They sailed on an Army troop transport
from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor just before the bombing. The two returned to
San Francisco seven months later.
Capt. Mark Shafer, U.S. Navy and Matson Navigation Company retiree, and
an original Ancient Mariners member, coordinated the attendance of 80 people,
most of whom were from the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Navy League
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Oyster Point Yacht Club, U.S. Merchant Marine
Academy Alumni, and the Women's Propeller Club.
Jeanne Martin, secretary/treasurer and past commodore of the Yacht
Club, handled the event's administrative work.
The Ancient Mariners and others plan to meet again December 7, 2010 at
the Oyster Point Yacht Club.
For more info and reservations, call Jeanne Martin at