Ahoy Members and Friends,
Our council has been in articles and "short bursts" within Seapower magazine
in the past; most recently pages 66 and 67 of the August 2009 issue,
"Pacific Merchant Marine Council To Support Sea Cadet Unit."
In the October issue our council was listed in a piece on 2008 membership
retention. Also my name as one of the Navy League's top two dozen membership
recruiters in 2008.
Now the submission below is slated for the November issue!
We will endeavor to get council notice in other magazines and local media.
Our Monday, December 21 luncheon, celebrating our 3rd anniversary, is open
to all. Any notice you can give it in publications you receive is
----- Original Message -----
From: Atkinson, Peter
To: Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS, Janet Mescus
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 6:40 AM
Subject: RE: Short Burst for SeaPower Magazine
Will include this in the November Seapower.
Deputy Editor, Seapower
From: Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS [mailto:PMMC@...]
Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2009 11:04 PM
To: Atkinson, Peter; Mescus, Janet
Subject: Short Burst for SeaPower Magazine
Dear Peter and Janet,
If you can place this "Short Burst" in the next SeaPower League News /
Council Digest, much appreciated.
A notice of our Monday, December 21 luncheon on the front page of the NLUS
website is welcomed. The cost is $20 with a reservation by check; $25
otherwise.Checks to Phelps Hobart, Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS, PO
Box 191403, Sacramento CA 95819-1403.
Thanks a million,
Phelps Hobart, President
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, NLUS
The Pacific Merchant Marine Council started its September luncheon meeting
aboard it's adopted National Liberty Ship Memorial S. S.
JEREMIAH O'BRIEN, San Francisco, with a rousing rendition of the American
Merchant Marine Veterans Anthem "Heave Ho! My Lads! Heave Ho!." No band or
orchestra, but with a CD recording and lyrics in hand, at eight bells,
everyone stood and raised their voices in tribute to our nation's gallant
seamen of WWII.
The Navy's Armed Guard were not forgotten; stirring tribute music in
recognition of their service also rang out. Applause and the council bell
clanged away after the verses. The new council does not forget those who
served but it is in the here and now and has its sights on the future of the
merchant sea service and the shore establishment supporting it.
Guest speakers with power point presentations were from MARAD and MSC. Their
ships are the only gray vessels on active and reserve duty home-ported in
the San Francisco Bay Area. The two representative joined the Navy League
The growing council's 3rd anniversary is coming up in December. The holiday
luncheon program December 21 will feature Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge,
Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area as guest of honor and speaker. Plus the
election and installation of 2010 officers and directors.Then a presentation
of NLUS Theodore Roosevelt medals to the Merchant Marine orientated Arkansas
Division Sea Cadets top Sea and League Cadets. More music is likely. If
anywhere near San Francesco and you care to see what is going on and have
lunch aboard the O'BRIEN contact council president Phelps Hobart, (916)
739-6949, PMMC@.... Merchant Marine Service music and colorful magnetic
signs are available from the council.
Heave Ho! My Lads! Heave Ho!
Give us the oil, give us the gas
Give us the shells, give us the guns.
We'll be the ones to see them thru.
Give us the tanks, give us the planes.
Give us the parts, give us a ship.
Give us a hip hoo-ray!
And we'll be on our way.
Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!
It's a long, long way to go.
It's a long, long pull with our hatches full, Braving the wind, braving
the sea, Fighting the treacherous foe; Heave Ho! My lads, Heave Ho!
Let the sea roll high or low,
We can cross any ocean, sail any river.
Give us the goods and we'll deliver,
Damn the submarine!
We're the men of the Merchant Marine!