Miami Sea Scout Ships 537 and 520

How it all began
by D. Wood


Memories of
S.S.S. 537


Dan Hogg

Rick McClure

Nancy Morris



















 Paul Ashdown 
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Good to hear from you. I trust you're well and still on the water. I think you'd be proud of me. I've been a journalist and a professor for, wow, about 35 years, written several books, taught in Europe, and even sailed a few boats. Mostly now my cruises are via Holland America.

The lessons I learned in scouting stay with me, although I don't remember the last time I tied a half-hitch. But the other stuff -- citizenship, teamwork, rules-of-the road -- I use that every day. I have many memories of Sea Scouts. Among them: tearing apart a house in north Miami with shipmates and other scouts -- I think it may have been a scout headquarters building that was being torn down or remodeled; directing traffic on Miracle Mile during and after a parade; seeing a rocket from the cape go off one night while we were on the intercoastal waterway; taking the Coast Guard Auxiliary seamanship course; breaking my wrist while trying to execute one of your complex flag football plays; delivering Thanksgiving food baskets; John Self's sense of humor; serving as 'advancement officer' at scout meetings; working on the boat at Dinner Key; Bimini; shaking hands with Richard Nixon.

Well, briefly, I graduated from the University of Florida, B.S., M.A.,journalism, went into the news business, received a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University, and have been teaching journalism at the University of Tennessee since 1977. I've written several books and continue a weekly column that appears mostly in Europe. My sailing these days in mostly aboard Holland-America ships. The friendships and knowledge I acquired through Ship 537 have proved invaluable.

All the best,




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