On Saturday, 8 February 2003, the crew of the YORKSHIRE
showed up at the Galleria Mall to fly the flag for Sea Scouting. We
did our best to tell the public why "Sea Scouts Have More Fun!"
and why "You Never Forget the Day You Join Sea Scouting." We
added that, "Good things come in small packages."
Our stalwart Yeoman Amanda carried YORKSHIRE's colors during
the opening ceremony. She clearly had the best uniform present.
Sea Scouts have always believed when it comes to uniforms, "less is
The ship's company manned a table with a demonstration of
knots, marlinspike seamanship, the history of time (from the hour glass to
the radio-synchronized clock), charts, semaphore, and the flag bag. We
invited onlookers to decode the current signal flying on the flag hoist
using Pub. 102, then to hoist their own signal for the next person to
First Mate Chip Diamond seems to have taken on a severe
starboard list, possibly due to too much coffee. Counter-flooding may
be indicated. Cabin Girl Hannah looks on in amazement. Our crew
also demonstrated the use of the magnetic compass with issues of deviation
and variation were demonstrated, plus how to measure the elevation of
celestial bodies with a sextant.
Specialist Drew, Boatswain's Mate Matt, Mate Diamond, and
Cabin Girl Hannah manning YORKSHIRE's booth.
The Ship 25 double-agent team of Leah and Amanda cleverly
disguised as land Venturers infiltrated the local land Venturing unit and
busily recruited Sea Scouts. In order to avoid being executed as spies
in the event of capture, they wore the "25" numerals on their
Kelly greens. Way to go, gals!!
Indian Steps District Executive Justin R. Amsler stops by
the Ship 25 booth to find out, "Why Sea Scouts have more
fun!" Is it being co-ed? Neat uniforms? Great
Program? We conclude you just have to be one to know.
Our Skipper's quote of the day, "I have plenty of Sea Scout applications out in my
Suburban. Let me just go get one. Don't run away ....."