Re: Naming a Ship
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 07 Feb 1997 21:07:25 -0600
Tim Parris wrote:
> Your Land Ship should not carry the same name as another ship. By
> tradition, that is bad luck to both ships. (Frankly, I think it's because
> it is confusing.)
> A ship should be named in a manner both personal and inspiring to her
> crew. It is the ship's owner who holds the ultimate responsibility to
> naming the ship. Suggestions from the crew may be permitted, but do not
> have to be acted on. (I should point out that the officers and adults of
> a Sea Scouting section are not the owners in this case - they are also
> part of the crew. The sponsor is definitely the owner here.)
> Our Land Ship is called the L.S.S. Cornwall, named after Jack Cornwall,
> hero of the Battle of Jutland. Jack Cornwall stood at his post on board
> H.M.S. Chester, after all remaining were killed. Jack later died from the
> injuries sustained in that battle. He was only 16.
> Several awards have been named in his honour. Scouts Canada awards the
> Jack Cornwall award to the youth demonstrating Fortitute and Bravery.
> Tim Parris also email@example.com
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> On Fri, 7 Feb 1997 SES207@aol.com wrote:
> > I notice many Ships have names in addition to the national registration unit
> > number. Help me know what protocol there may be, or tradition, or other
> > influence on Ship names that should be considered. Does your Ship carry the
> > same name as your "flagship" vessel or boat? How about this?
Appropos of LSS Cornwall is the naming of three of the ships in our
squadron. They are not named for vessels either but for notable people.
SSS Gail & Gloria Gartz (3) is named for two of the finest lady scow
sailors ever produced. They loved sailing and taught it to kids for many
years. Gail was also the lady skeeter (Class E) ice boat champion for
SSS Commodore Sidney H. Bliss (4) is named for our council
commodore during the glory days of Sea Scouting. He was also commodore
of our local yacht club and a strong supporter of youth yachting.
Commodore Bliss held a Regional Regatta here before and after WW II. His
grandson is a member of SSS Hathor (1).
SSS Art Castle (5) is named for a great volunteer area ice hockey
official. His ship had was originally the WALCOWIS but was renamed in
his honour as recognition of our two major winter sports activities and
his part in it. (Ice boating is the other. "Five minutes of ice boating
and you'll burn your skis.")
Because of the apparent loss of some of our most cherished
traditions over time, partially because much was never written into BSA
literature and partially to absorb us into the "GW"s (old term for
Explorers <vbg>), many of our new skippers are missing out on some of
our most "fun" stuff. Professionals, of course, are "clueless". So, my
fully approved but still unfinsihed University of Scouting thesis is
"Sea Exploring, BSA's Least Known and most Valuable Program."
We can all look forward to the exciting prospect of my immolation
by the denizens of the Sea Scout web after it has been uploaded here.