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1978 Maritime Day
Program In The Port Of
New York — New Jersey
MERCHANT MARINE HEROES FROM THE PAST—Pageant featuring John Paul Jones, with 300 invited sponsors and guests and 2,000 public in background. Pageant was a feature of the colorful review which was presented on the plaza of the World
Trade Center during Maritime Day ceremonies.
Merchant marine heroes in the exciting pageant included symbolic Egyptian, Roman and Viking seamen, as well as Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, John Paul
Jones, Robert Fulton, the fictional Captain Ahab, and World War II merchant seamen from Britain and the United States.
A musical salute to "Merchant
Marine Heroes From the Past," and brief, dignified tributes to the merchant marine industry of the present were the highlights of the
Port of New York-New Jersey
National Maritime Day ceremo- nies held Monday, May 22, on the plaza of the World Trade Center,
New York, N.Y.
Some 200 midshipmen from the
United States Merchant Marine
Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., participated in a thrilling 20- minute musical pageant honoring merchant seamen through the ages. It featured the Merchant
Marine Academy's Regimental
Band, Color Guard and Star Span- gled Banner Brigade, under the direction of Comdr. Kenneth R.
Force, USMS, Director of Music of the Academy, who staged and directed the colorful review.
Three-hundred invited sponsors and guests and more than 2,000 of the general public were in at- tendance at the plaza during the noon-day lunch hour.
Merchant marine heroes in the exciting pageant included sym- bolic Egyptian, Roman and Viking seamen, as well as Christopher
Columbus, Henry Hudson, John
Paul Jones, Robert Fulton, the fictional Captain Ahab, and World
War II merchant seamen from
Britain and the United States.
The flag brigade included 100 cadets — 50 carrying American flags, and an equal number bear- ing the 50 state flags. The 75- piece Kings Point Regimental
Band played stirring martial mu- sic appropriate to the merchant marine heroes who were being honored.
Capt. Robert E. Hart, USN (ret.), president of the Marine
Index Bureau and general chair- man, Maritime Day-1978 in the
New York-New Jersey Port, was master of ceremonies for the event held on the World Trade
Peter C. Goldmark Jr., execu- tive director of The Port Author- ity of New York and New Jersey, welcomed the invited guests, as well as the lunch-hour crowd of 2,000 of Trade Center and down- town area employees who gath- ered on the spacious plaza. Mr.
Goldmark called attention to the importance of international trade and transportation to the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as the nation as a whole, and noted that Maritime Day marked the opening of the 1978 World
Howard G. Sloane, president of
Hernasco Corporation and chair- man of the 1978 World Trade
Week Committee, and James P.
McAllister of J.P. McAllister As- sociates, honorary chairman,
World Trade Week for the Mari- time Industry, also gave brief welcome messages.
Christian A. Bendixen, Com- mander of the Robert L. Hague
Merchant Marine Post, was called (continued next page)
WREATH CEREMONY—Left to right (1st row): Thomas Martinez, national secretary- treasurer, National Maritime Union of America; Frank Drozak, executive vice presi- dent, Seafarer's International Union of N.A.; Capt. Carl W. Swenson, executive vice president, Farrell Lines Inc., and Vice Adm. William F. Rea III, USCG. Left to right (2nd row): the Reverend James R. Whittemore, director, Seamen's Church Institute;
Capt. Robert E. Hart, USN (ret.), president, Marine Index Bureau, Inc., and general chairman, Maritime Day-1978; Howard G. Sloane, president, Hernasco Corporation, chairman, 1978 World Trade Week Committee; James P. McAllister of J.P. McAllister
Associates, honorary chairman, World Trade Week for the Maritime Industry, and the
Reverend Monsignor Thomas McGovern, Port Chaplain, New York and New Jersey.
FORMER RECIPIENTS, MERCHANT MARINE TROPHY—(Left to right): Adm. John
M. Will, USN (ret.), president, Arthur Tickle Engineering Works, Inc.; Howard Pack, vice chairman, Seatrain Lines, Inc.; Ran Hettena, president, Maritime Overseas Cor- poration; Rear Adm. Sheldon Kinney, president, State University of N.Y. Maritime
College, and Frank Braynard, Father of OP SAIL-1976. 14 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News