SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
This column is being written on Jan. 26 th, ’09
Let’s start this by giving you something to put on your calendar. While it is still 8 months away I hope you will consider joining the group. Betty and I will be there health permitting.
At the 60 th Reunion Chuck Gorder 12 th Co. and his wife Rhona told me they were considering arranging a cruise for the Class and I have recently received the following which I have forwarded on to all email addresses:
SAVE THIS DATE (JAN 23 rd -30 th, 2010) TO CRUISE THE MEXICAN RIVIERA WITH YOUR
Chuck Gorder, with his wife, Rhona, is organizing a USNA Class of ’48 Reunion Cruise of the Mexican Riviera! Sail away in style on a magnificent ship, Holland America’s/Oosterdam/, leaving San Diego, California on Saturday, January 23 and returning on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Ports of call include Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. Your mail in March may have provided more complete and current information on this fabulous and fun cruise, if not and this dope does not answer your questions call Chuck Gorder at (619) 287-3559 for more information. See you on board!
Jan 23 Depart San Diego 1700
Jan 24-25 At sea
Jan 26 Mazatlan
Jan 27 Puerto Vallarta
Jan 28 Cabo San Lucas
Jan 29 At sea
Jan 30 Arrive San Diego 0700
Pricing for 7 day cruise (per person)
Stateroom Category Double Occupancey Single Occupancy 3 rd/4 th person
Inside (J) $669.00 $1,004.00 $385.00
Ocean View (D) 849.00 1,274.00 “
Deluxe Veranda (VD) 949.00 1,803.00 “
Deluxe Veranda (VC) 1,009.00 1,917.00 “
Deluxe Veranda (VB) 1,069.00 2,031.00 “
Deluxe Veranda (VA) 1,129.00 2,145.00 “
Superior Suite 1,399.00 2,798.00 “
If you have a computer, go to our home page where you will find additional information. I hope a many of you will join this, our first cruise.
Chuck and Rhona have spent the month of February on a trip to Australia/New Zealand. They stayed in Honolulu for two nights on the way to Sydney to break up the journey. A week in the Sydney area included, among other things, attending a performance of Madame Butterfly in the Sydney Opera House. This was followed by a two week cruise around New Zealand. Sounds like a great trip.
We reviewed the current balances of the four money pots here in Annapolis/Washington. As with all accounts the balances will vary by date so these numbers are different from those I published in the Jan/Feb issue.
The first three are with the Alumni Assoc./Foundation and are as of Jan 9 th, ‘09
Checking $24,396.74 used for reunions, homecomings and football game/tail gate expenses which cover ground rent for the space for the tent($250/season) and cost of the tent including set up which was $1000 this year.
Gate $6,302.61 this is now our maintenance fund for the gate since we have that responsibility under the foundation rules.
IT $1,497,963.22 this is the two million dollar gift we gave. It is holding up quite well, considering the current economy, and operating pretty much on income from investments.
Flower fund $14,818.96 this one is managed by Bob Ghormley 11 th Co. He sends flowers, makes donations in the name of the deceased as requested by the family or sends other appropriate remembrances as he just did for the A.B. Hallman 3 rd Co. (deceased) family when he sent a fruit basket for all the children and grandchildren who were gathered at home with Dorothy. Bob really stays on top of this. Thank you Bob.
The above picture is of the Sovereign of the Seas, a model being built by Harry Belflower 2 nd Co. He has been working on it for 4 years so far. Harry writes, “it began as a kit but I have replaced a lot of the materials and researched the ship and modified the model to more closely represent the original. The rigging plan was developed by a friend (alumnus) who also volunteers at the academy museum. He possesses an experts knowledge of ship’s rigging in the 17 th century. The “real” background are the curtained windows in our kitchen and the model was sitting on the table only for photo purposes. The Sovereign of the Seas is the eighth old wooden ship model that I have constructed since I decided not to go to work anymore. I will probably be working on this model for at least one more year.” The black and white picture really does not do justice to the model. For those of you with a computer go to our home page at www.usna.com/classes/1948 where I have asked John to post this picture plus additional detail pictures in color.
Since the March column I have been advised of the loss of 5 of our good friends:
Adams, C.R. 12 Co. 5/16/25-12/20/08
Hallman, A.B. 3 rd Co. 2/2/27-1/19/09
Strauss, A.E. 24 th Co. 1/27/24-1/7/09
Summitt, C.D. 3 rd Co. 6/26/24-1/1/09
Tardif, D.W. 22 nd Co. 1/2/24-10/17/08
Their families are in our prayers.