This web site caught me completely by
surprise as I never dreamt there was such a site. What a pleasant
nostalgic surprise to find it and recall the memories of Sea Scouts.
My recollection of Sea Scout experiences have mostly faded but
here is a little about my seagoing life after Sea Scouts that may
be of interest. After graduation from Coral Gables High School I
attended New York Maritime College where I graduated in 1968 with
an unlimited Third Mate License and a Naval Reserve Commission.
I spent six years in the Merchant Marine, mostly on tankers, where
I advanced my licence to Master Mariner and sailed in all the officer
ranks up to Chief Mate. Advancement was very rapid in those days
when the Merchant Marine was at its peak number of ships. After
going to sea I spent a few years in the marine surveying business.
The following 25 years were spent in my principal profession, Harbor
Pilot in Port Everglades, Florida, where I piloted over 14,800 ships.
I did not do much pleasure boating during my working years because
I spent all my work time on the water, but now that I am retired
I sail a 22\' Cape Cod Cat boat on Narragansett Bay. My retirement
business is building and restoring ship models for private collectors,
antique dealers, but most importantly myself, a lifelong passion.
I have also written a book in which Sea Scouts are mentioned. A
few of my fondest memories from Sea Scouts were re-caulking the
bottom of the Grebe at Jones Boat Yard the old fashioned way (oakum,
mallet and iron), a trip to Key West N.A.S., and West Palm Beach
and Miami Beach on the old Sea Scout. I am still in touch with my
old friend Jim Drummond who I will be telling about this web site.