Nautical Sea Exploring Languafge -Reply
Roger Crossland (RCROSSLAND@hospice.com)
Thu, 13 Mar 1997 09:41:33 -0500
Hold the course. Our terminology and titles are among our greatest
strengths. They proclaim from the outset to the uninitiated that we are
something very different and our world is something different and
special. Anyone who wants to can learn what a pilot is, a squadron is,
and a coxswain is, they can learn it in an hour. Our manual has been
remiss, but let's keep our identity. Their manuals are remiss in not
explaining us. The old '30s and '40s Boy Scout manuals carried our
insignia and titles in the opeining pages. In those days not only did Sea
Scouts know our titles and structure, Boy Scouts did.
Professional seafarers use different titles and terminology. We are
professional amateurs. Robert's Rules and titles like president and
chairman might appeal to some, but they surely don't signal an
organization tuned into action, adventure, and the romance of the sea.
We are not the PTA or the student council. When the Post and Ships of
our council meet the Posts jokingly start calling their presidents
"Boatswains" because they find the term conveys strength and it has
an exotic ring. They'd give their eyeteeth for the title boatswain.
Exploring is an extraordinarily weak and ineffectual program, must we
follow its lead into the world of plain vanilla? The current tendency in
American education to dumb down everything is something we should
Commodore (or Committee Chairman for the benefit of the nautically
challenged who should maintain a good one arm's length distance)
Fairfield County Council
Sea Exploring Squadron (a group of ships with a common mission,
smaller than a flotilla or a fleet) See how easy this stuff is to learn.