Category: Sailors

“ US Coast Guard Sailors being entertained by …

“ US Coast Guard Sailors being entertained by a USO group [Vietnam – 1970] “

ratatoskryggdrasil: Jean Boullet

ratatoskryggdrasil:

Jean Boullet

boys-of-the-past:

boys-of-the-past:

Admiral Sampson’s son and “Pitch” the mascot onboard the U.S.S. New York……c. 1899

thunderstruck9:

thunderstruck9:

Bruno Vekemans (Belgian, b. 1952), Twee matrozen [Two Sailors], 1993. Gouache, 95 x 70 cm.

“  Salty Coffee  “

“  Salty Coffee  “

manfromjapan:

manfromjapan:

Recruiting bumper sticker from the late 70s/early 80s…

manfromjapan:

manfromjapan:

Navy barbershop, Tarawa, 1944

nicholassabalos: O Captain! My Captain! Comma…

nicholassabalos:

O Captain! My Captain!

Command-at-Sea is one of the highest and singular responsibilities to be earned by a human being.

Since time immemorial, the skipper, The Captain, of a vessel….surface or subsurface….military or commercial….shoulders an almost-god-like position aboard his or her ship. 

They’re responsible for everything and everyone. Any mistake is their mistake, too….no matter who makes it. Their decisions are final and not to be questioned except under the rarest and most extraordinary of circumstances.

That vessel is under their total and absolute command….

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During my Naval career, I served under a couple dozen different skippers….ranging from those right out of Hollywood Central Casting as the ultimate of professional and admirable ship captains….to a few I often wondered how they ever got to their current position.

This photo and graphic sums up a composite of all those skippers under which I had the honor and pleasure (and dismay, a few times) of serving throughout my sea-going decades.

“  Mazu  –   Goddess of the South China…

“  Mazu  –  

Goddess of the South China Sea  “  …  A protector of seafarers, fishermen and sailors.

“ Sailors Doing Their Thing “  …  This …

“ Sailors Doing Their Thing “  …  This bevy of bearded beauties headlined the presentation of “Pacific Capers”, the ship’s concert held in HMCS Saskatchewan during the spring training cruise to the Far East.  [The Crowsnest Magazine, June 1965]