THE BANCROFT SAIL MEMORIAL AT KINGS BAY, GA. FINALLY GOT A NEW COAT OF PAINT AFTER 16 YEARS.

 

A GROUP OF 33 JR ROTC CADETS FROM THE NORTH PORT, FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL CAME UP ON JULY 20, 2016 TO PUT THE FINISH COAT OF PAINT ON THE "OLD GIRL"

THIS GROUP OF CADETS HAS BEEN TRYING TO PAINT THE SAIL FOR TWO YEARS OR MORE AND EVRY TIME THEY MET UP WITH SOME REASON THAT PERMISSION COULD NOT BE GRANTED. MAYBE IT WAS LIABILITY ISSUES OR FUNDING BUT THIS PAST SPRING THE EFFORT PAID OFF AND THE REPAIRS WERE SCHEDULED.

THE SAIL WAS IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE UP TO THIS PAST JUNE. IT HAS BEEN SITTING OUT IN THE WEATHER SINCE 1999 WHEN IT WAS FIRST PUT IN PLACE; RUSTING AND FALLING APART AND NO WORK HAS EVER BEEN DONE ON IT UNTILL NOW                        

   IT WAS LOOKING PRETTY BAD

WELL NOW THE SAIL MEMORIAL LOOKS LIKE THIS:

 

 

 

 

 

A FRESH COAT OF PAINT, NO RUST OR HOLES AND OUR SAIL IS LOOKING GOOD AGAIN!

 

I WAS TOLD THAT FROM NOW ON, THE MEMORIAL WILL GET SOME MAINTENANCE EVERY OTHER YEAR TO BE DONE BY THE SAME CONTRACTORS THAT NOW DO THE BUILDING MAINTENANCE ON THE BASE

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THE BANCROFT ASSOCIATION AWARDED ALL THE PARTICIPATING ROTC CADETS A SHOULDER PATCH, SHOWN  BELOW

                                                   

                               SECRETARY BILL BADALUCCA HANDED OUT THE SHOULDER PATCHES TO THE ROTC LEADERS AND WE                                                      MADE SURE THERE WERE ENOUGH FOR EACH CADET TO HAVE ONE

 

THE CADET OFFICERS IN THE BLACK TEE SHIRTS ARE L to R,

CADET COMMANDER KARA JOHNSTON, ROTC COMMANDING OFFICER

CADET LCDR MACKENZIE CHALMERS, ROTC EXECUTIVE OFFICER

CADET MASTER CHIEF JAKE SMITH, ROTC COMMAND MASTER CHIEF

                                 ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT IS CDR STEPHEN BARTEK,  AN ROTC INSTRUCTOR AT NORTH PORT HIGH                                    

NEXT TO CDR BARTEK IS BANCROFT ASSOCIATION SECRETARY BILL BADALUCCA AND TO THE FAR RIGHT IS COMMAND MASTER CHIEF

JACK SANZALONE ALSO AN ROTC INSTRUCTOR AND THE CONTACT FOR THE BANCROFT ASSOCIATION

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KEITH POST, THE DIRECTOR OF THE ST. MARYS SUBMARINE MUSEUM, HAD SOME COMMERATIVE COINS MADE UP JUST FOR THIS RESTORATION EVENT.

                                

KEITH HAD SEVERAL HUNDRED OF THESE COINS MADE UP AND ALL THE CADETS AND THE BANCROFT CREW MEMBERS WHO SHOWED UP

RECEIVED ONE OF THESE COMMERATIVE COINS

 

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WE HAD 16 BANCROFT CREW MEBERS SHOW UP FOR THIS EVENT. IN THE PHOTO HERE ARE L to R: TOM BACON, ROSS NEELY, BILL BADALUCCA, BOB MARTIN(behind bill), RAY WYATT, BOB DOYLE, LLOYD HENDRICKS, MARION VERNON, DAN OLDHAM, ALAN MILES AND GEORGE BEIDLER.

 

 

ALSO PRESENT BUT NOT IN THIS PHOTO WERE DAN LYNCH, JOHN THOMPSON, JOHN GARDNER, DAVE BRANNEN AND BOB CREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

SOME OF THE BANCROF VETS SPENT TIME WITH THE CADETS FILLING THEM IN ON LIFE ABOARD THE 643 BACK IN ITS DAY

                                                

 

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AROUND NOON WE WERE ALL TREATED TO A HAMBURGER/HOT DOG COOKOUT COMPLIMENTS OF THE ST MARYS SUBMARINE MUSEUM

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WE ALSO HAD SOME DIGNATERIES THERE FROM THE LOCAL AREA:

 

      

 

 

 

 

 THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF ST MARYS, MR. JOHN F. MORRISEY, WAS THERE TO MEET ALL THE CADETS AND THE BANCROFT CREWMEMBERS AND STANDING NEXT TO HIM IS SHIELA MCNEIL, PAST PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE ST MARYS MUSEUM       

 

 

 

 

 

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A FLAG EXCHANGE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE

 

 

 

THE ENSIGN THAT WAS FLYING FROM THE BANCROFT SAIL

IS LOWERED DURING THE EXCHANGE CEREMONY. A NEW FLAG WILL TAKE ITS PLACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   A CADET DETAIL CAREFULLY FOLDS THE ENSIGN                               

                                                  THE ENSIGN THAT PREVIOUSLY FLEW FROM THE BANCROFT SAIL WAS PRESENTED TO THE NAVY JROTC UNIT FROM NORTH PORT FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL AFTER THE SAIL PAINTING EVENT WAS COMPLETED. THAT FLAG WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE CADET'S CLASSROOM BACK AT THEIR SCHOOL.

 

 

WEBMASTER'S NOTE:

            "THIS ENTIRE EVENT TOOK TWO OR MORE YEARS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. IT WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED AND COVERED BY LOCAL MEDIA AND IT APPEARED IN TWO LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN THE KINGS BAY AREA AS WEL AS IN THE LOCAL NORTH PORT, FLORIDA NEWSPAPER. THE PARTICIPATION BY THE LOCAL BASE PERSONNEL, THE CADETS FROM THE ROTC UNIT & THE ST MARYS MUSEUM AND THE FORMER BANCROFT CREW MEMBERS WHO CAME TO SEE THE EVENT IS WHAT MADE THIS SPECIAL. I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE A PART OF IT. TO WATCH THESE KIDS TALK WITH SOME 'LIVING HISTORY' AS THEY WORKED WAS AWESOME. THEY WILL NEVER FORGET THIS DAY ANMD NEITHER WILL I"

                                                                              BILL BADALUCCA