School of the Ship
August 18, 2002
new crew members were asked to attend the School of the Ship.
The School is an oppurtunity to meet and be briefed by the Captain,
as well as, be briefed in the basic functions of the ship and
its safety measures.
Ivan Luke is our Commanding Officer.
Luke is addressing the future Coast Guard Officers of the Officers
Candidate School. I was very lucky to be aboard with this outstanding
group of young people, the best and the brightest this country
has to offer. I am told that over 5000 applications are received
each year. However, less than 200 applications are approved Officer
School begins with:
The training of a 'wanna be' sea going
This little outfit is a survival suit
commonly referred to as a "gumby suit", a reference
to the cartoon character. The most endearing quality of the "gumby
suit" is the smell that just stays with you the rest of the
day. The inside just never seems to dry out. Well you can get
the rest of the smelly picture. However, if one were adrift at
sea dressed as Mr. Gumby the smell would be the last thing you
would worry about because the suit would save your life.
This young person is kindly teaching
this old dog a new trick or two, the proper way to belay a line.
The following is a series of photos
Sandy shot of yours truly completing the up and over exercise.
That is me, the civilian in shorts and a white shirt.
The object is to climb half way up
the forward mast and return, about a 70ft climb.
The tricky part was that first step
on the way down. You can't see where you are stepping; and, you're
glad to find firm footing as you reach around the platform.
Yes, good to be back on the firm deck
in one piece.
Sandy poses for a photo with the Captain.
Captain Luke is the perfect man for this job. He most assuredly
has the smile for it.
School is over for the day; and, we
Sandy and I are going to take the afternoon
and visit the sites of Boston.
The best to you, shipmates
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