Re: Naming a Ship
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 07 Feb 1997 10:57:59 -0600
Joseph M Mitterando wrote:
> I do not know of any Protocall or tradition in naming the vessel.
> My unit and ship carry the same name S.E.S Sea Dart II.
Traditionally, the units were named for their land ship. Most units were
sloops or barqes or schooners. I believe that there were only about 22
ships in the USA. Our fanmily friend, Howard F. Gillette was Natl Como
and had one in Chicago.
When we reorganized, numbers were used but all ships with any tenure are
named. My own ship is SSS Hathor (1). Our principal vessel is HATHOR.
One of our units is SSS ARAPAHO (2). Its only vessel is ARAPAHO. Others
are simply named for their landships. ALL of the ships in our squadron
are named. One can pretty well tell if a ship has been around for a
while because it will be known by its name and not its number. Actually,
BSA has been known to change numbers but we own the names.
Our local units have been around for many years but not,
sadly, continuously. The names remain but the numbers have often
BTW, We became "orphans" as Sea Scouting dropped and our dually
registering system (Air Scouts in ships, kids earning silver, QM and
Ace, etc.) was discontinued by the BSA. Most of here flew as well as
sailed and our ships had waiting lists. Hopefully, we can return to the
activities of the past and make our program even better than it is