Sea Scout shipmates nationwide!
My name is Kevin Murray. I am the Vice
Commodore of the Pacific Skyline Squadron, Area III, San Francisco Bay,
Western Region. Our Squadron serves the youth drawn from the communities
of South San Francisco to San Jose along a corridor of land known as the
"Peninsula" of the San Francisco Bay Area. At present our Squadron supports
seven units. Specifically, a brief break down on the type of units I serve:
For a link to some of our individual unit
web pages - past and present - go to:
Ship 161 the Belmonster, a 45' Ketch with
a co-ed crew. The unit was established in 1955.
Ship 134 the Brisbane Star, a 40' Admirals
Barge with a co-ed crew. The unit was established in 1996.
Ship 145 the Challenger, an 82' point
class ex-Coast Guard Cutter with an all male crew established in 1928.
Ship 33 the Gryphon, a 65' Army "T" boat
with an all male crew established in 1979.
Ship 110 the Morning Star, a 40' Admirals
Barge with an all female crew established in 1973.
Ship 51 the Intrepid, a 95' cape class
ex-Coast Guard Cutter with an all male crew established in 1956.
Ship 228, a newly formed unit with a co-ed
crew currently training on the Pacific Skyline Sailing Division vessels
ranging from 25 to 45 foot keel sailboats. This unit formed in 1999.
Honorary Member - Mariner Unit 2609 the
Tradewind, a 55' Navy Seal Motor vessel with an all female crew established
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I joined Sea Scouts in 1974. Like many
of you, I too come from a family of Sea Scouts. All four older brothers
were in Sea Scouts and my father was a cubmaster, scoutmaster, and sea
scout skipper. Dad's scouting experience began in the 1930s while his volunteer
leadership positions started in 1963. In 1997 it was an especially proud
moment to attend Ken Murray's silver beaver ceremony with all five Murray
boys. As a consequence of his leadership I also had a chance to participate
in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Backpacking was fun. However, as intended,
Sea Scouts offered greater challenges and independence for a young man
entering the stages of fourteen to twenty years of age.
From 1974 until 1979 I sailed with
Ship 51, the Intrepid. In 1979 I received my Quartermaster. Our primary
training vessel was a sixty-four foot Navy tug boat (in official Navy parlance
this boat is known as a Box L Distribution boat) designed for laying marine
cables. She was a great sea worthy training vessel. >From 1980 until 1989
I served with Ship 65, the Sea Eagle. This was an all sailing program.
We had a fifty-six foot ketch. Both units provided excellent adventure,
fellowship, and educational experiences. My participation in Sea Scouts
became limited between 1990 and 1995 owing to career building demands.
However, by 1995 I returned to an active status in my new role as a Squadron
Speaking of careers: after college
I spent the 1980s as a Coast Guard licensed master operating passenger
vessels on the San Francisco Bay. I also attended Grad school part-time.
Highlights were skippering a 100 foot schooner for two years, then a sternwheeler,
and the bulk of my skippering days aboard a ninety-three foot classic motor
vessel featured in the movie Key Largo starring Humphry Bogart and Lauren
Bacall. In the 1990s I began the transition toward becoming a full-time
college instructor. I also started my Coast Guard reserve duty aboard a
point class eighty-two foot cutter and working the San Francisco bar aboard
the forty-four foot motor lifeboats. At present I work for DeVry University
teaching courses on critical thinking and problem-solving, ethics and technology,
contemporary history, and international politics. I owe my education career
in part to my father (also an educator) and Scouting which, as you know,
require its members to "teach" courses to the upcoming ranks as a prerequisite
to advance to the next rank. What a great idea with (especially in my case)
long-term life applications.
As we enter the 21st century I look
forward to sharing ideas, resources, and expertise within our citizen building
Sea Scout program.
Yours in smooth sailing,