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    Ahoy Members and Friends, Chatted with NLUS National President Dan Branch a few days ago on maritime industry matters and our council. He mentioned that he
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2011

      Ahoy Members and Friends,

      Chatted with NLUS National President Dan Branch a few days ago on maritime industry matters and our council. He mentioned that he attended this service at the Washington Navy Yard May 19th.

      I will be visiting MSC and the Navy History Center at the Washington Navy Yard while I am in the area at the end of June and early July. I am soon off to NLUS National Board of Directors Meeting, several NLUS national committee meetings, and conducting legislative affairs during my time in the DC area.

      Our council shared a wreath with the American Merchant Marine Veterans aboard the SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN on her National Maritime Day cruise May 22nd. Then our own wreath was part of the ceremony at our May 24th luncheon with the San Francisco Propeller Club at Scotts' Restaurant, Jack London Square. On both wreaths were the words WE REMEMBER.

      Heave Ho,


      PS See the note below on the Merchant Marine stamps soon to be issued.


      Commander, U.S. Transportation Command honors
      merchant mariners at National Maritime Day memorial service

      Commander, U.S. Transportation Command Gen. Duncan J. McNabb honored U.S. merchant mariners past and present May 19, 2011 during Military Sealift Command's annual National Maritime Day memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony at the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

      National Maritime Day, officially May 22, was established by Congress in 1933 and is observed each year to honor the contributions and sacrifices of U.S. merchant mariners in defense of the nation. These dedicated men and women are frequently considered the unsung heroes of the nation's defense.

      MSC is the largest employer of U.S. merchant mariners with more than 7,000 civil service and contract mariners deployed worldwide providing critical support to U.S. and allied warfighters around the world.

      "The merchant marine has always been the linchpin of our U.S. commercial sealift capability and has come to America's aid at the most crucial times in history, projecting power wherever and whenever needed," said McNabb to the more than 200 guests that included leaders from government and maritime industry.

      At the heart of the formal military ceremony was the presentation of three commemorative wreaths in solemn remembrance of mariners lost at sea. During presentation of the wreaths, the guests stood and service members, including McNabb and Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, MSC, saluted as the Navy Ceremonial Guard firing party fired three volleys of seven, and the Navy Brass Quintet played "Taps."

      Following the ceremony, the wreaths were placed in front of the merchant marine bronze relief sculpture at the Navy Memorial in downtown Washington.

      In addition to honoring mariners from generations past, the ceremony incorporated the next generation of mariners with the attendance of 25 cadets from the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education at Piney Point, Md. Two of these cadets served as wreath tenders: Apprentice Jason Allen and Apprentice Leo Onofrio. MSC Junior Sailor of the Year Petty Officer 2nd Class Erika Cash also served as wreath tender.

      The ceremony also included an invocation and benediction by MSC Force Chaplain Capt. Paul I. Burmeister; a responsive reading led by Capt. Robert B. Seabrook, a civil service mariner and MSC port captain Pacific; and solo renditions of "The Navy Hymn" and "The Merchant Marine Song" sung by Erin Gantt of MSC's Prepositioning Program.

      "We depend on [our mariners] every day to meet the mission requirements of the best ocean transportation system in the world," said Buzby. "We at MSC are proud of our civilian mariners, so it is fitting that today is set aside to acknowledge the great debt of gratitude we owe to the dedicated men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine."

      MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships at sea, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.


      A special occasion is ahead: the first day of issue of the plate block of US Merchant Marine stamps Tuesday, July 28th. If you hear of anything happening in Oakland or San Francisco, let me know and I will pass the word. Maybe something at the San Francisco National Maritime Museum or on the SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN. We will make it a council event.



      From: PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com]

      Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 3:10 PM
      To: PMMC-NLUS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [PMMC-NLUS] PREVIEW: U.S. Merchant Marine on stamps - July 2011

      PREVIEW: U.S. Merchant Marine on stamps – July 2011



      Since the founding of the republic, the United States has looked to the commercial maritime industry for much of its growth and security. This stamp issuance pays tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine, the modern name for the maritime fleet that has played this vital role.

      The four-stamp design on this pane features types of vessels that have formed an important part of this history: clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, Liberty ships, and container ships. The stamps go on sale in July.

      Illustrator Dennis Lyall of Norwalk, CT, created the stamps under the art direction of Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA. Since colonial times, America’s merchant ships have plied the oceans and other navigable waters conveying goods and passengers. During wartime, they have also helped deliver troops and war materials.

      This role was formalized shortly before World War II, when legislation empowered the “U.S. Merchant Marine” to serve as a naval auxiliary unit. During World War II, the U.S. Merchant Marine bore the brunt of delivering military supplies overseas to U.S. forces and allies.

       Today, it continues to help meet the nation’s security needs while also transporting commodities that sustain the American economy. Clipper Ships Clipper ships, ushered in by the California Gold Rush of 1849 and noted for their streamlined shape and majestic cloud of square-rigged sails, set numerous speed records for their time. Auxiliary Steamships Auxiliary steamships—steam-powered ships with back-up sailing rigs— were the ocean liners of their day, competing in the 1850s with clipper and other sailing ships for transatlantic mail and passenger service. Liberty Ships During World War II, the United States built more than 2,700 Liberty ships, plain but sturdy cargo vessels that sustained the Allied forces with a steady supply of food and war material. Container Ships Container ships, pioneered in the 1950s, are the lifeblood of today’s global economy, carrying nearly all the world’s manufactured goods across the oceans and exemplifying the modern merchant marine.

      Source US Post

      published January 6th, 2011

      The first day of issue is July 28, 2011 at the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Long Island, New York.

      Be sure to see this Merchant Marine stamps webpage: http://www.usmm.org/fdc.html

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