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Visiting the Höegh Inchon

June 16, 2017

 

We are thrilled to have our intern, Megan, with us this summer.  Her work, underwritten by a grant from NAMMA, requires her to keep a journal of her experiences.   We'll be sharing some of these journal entries throughout the summer to give you a behind the scenes look at what you make possible at Seafarers' House.

 

Intern Journal - June 16th

Seafarers' House Chaplin Hal Hurley and I visited Höegh Inchon, which is an automobile ship. We met a 23-year old man whose name was Aaron. Aaron showed us around the ship and took us to the mess hall. Aaron talked to us for a bit about how he was previously injured and was off for about a year. Aaron then introduced us to the mess boy, whose name was Eric. Aaron told us that Eric was shy and didn’t talk much, but he was very kind and offered us lunch. A few crew members came in and out as we were there, most enjoying their food and time of relaxation.

When Chaplin Hal asked Aaron about the crew, he told us that there were three female seaman (or should I say seawomen) that were a part of their 22 member crew—and one was a cadet! She came into the mess hall while we were there and I sat down to talk to her.  She didn’t speak a whole lot of English, but we still managed to have a nice conversation while I kept her company during her lunchtime. She told me her name, but I could barely pronounce it, let alone spell it. I was a beautiful name, which I believe was Meicko, but I could very well be wrong. Regardless, she had such an amazing smile; it was contagious. Most of the time spent with her consisted of us just smiling at each other.

Once lunchtime started winding down, Aaron led Chaplin Hal and I back out to the stern, where we waited for our Seafarers’ House driver to come pick us up. Overall, it was a wonderful experience being able

 

Honoring our Merchant Marine - National Maritime Day

May 22, 2017

 

Each year on May 22nd we celebrate National Maritime Day to honor the contributions of our merchant mariners.  Merchant mariners work during both war time and at peace time, transporting troops, goods, and materials to support the import/export economy of the United States.  They play a significant role in keeping our economy running!

Merchant mariners experience many of the same hardships as other mariners – long periods of time away from home and loved ones, sacrificing shore based career opportunities for a challenging career on the sea. We honor their work and their sacrifice.

National Maritime Day has been observed since 1933.  The date corresponds with the first time a vessel under steam propulsion successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean.  An annual public celebration in Washington, DC attracts a sizeable crowd with different events and activities.  Several ports around the country honor the Merchant Mariners with vessel tours, historical lessons, speeches, open houses, and luncheons.  Many will also hold memorial services on this day to remember and honor the merchant marines who are no longer with us.

If you aren’t able to attend a Maritime Day celebration, you can celebrate at home by displaying an American Flag in your home or wearing a flag pin.  Many also use symbols like a ship steering wheel or an anchor with a rope around the middle to display their support for the Merchant Marine and mariners.

 We want to take the time to thank all of today’s active and retired merchant mariners and to honor the lives of merchant mariners lost. Our industry, our country, and even our daily lives would be different if we had to be without the important services the Merchant Marine provides. The work of merchant mariners is one of the strongest pillars of our economy, safety and security. We honor and salute your brave efforts today and every day.

Events

June 25, 2017

Day of the Seafarer

Join us on June 25th to celebrate Day of the Seafarer! Each year we recognized June 25th as "Day of the Seafarer", acknowledging the...

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