“Waters Deep” by Eileen Mahoney
“In Ocean waves no poppies blow
No crosses stand in ordered row
Their young hearts sleep beneath the wave
The spirited, the good, and the brave,
But stars a …constant vigil keep,
For them who lie beneath the deep,
‘Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer,
On a certain spot and think he’s there
But you can to the ocean go
See whitecaps marching row on row;
Know one for him will always ride,
In and out with every tide,
And when your span of life is passed
He’ll meet you at the ‘Captain’s Mast’
And they who mourn on distant shore,
For sailors who will come home no more,
Can dry their tears and pray for these
Who rest beneath the heaving seas,
For stars that shine and winds that blow
And whitecaps marching row on row
And they can never lonely be,
For when they lived They choose the sea.”
It is Memorial Day. If you are looking for a reminder of Coast Guard history, you might want to check out some of the links on the Heritage page.
The Naval Institute has posted a guide to museum ships.
They are not all Coast Guard, not even a majority, but there are a number of Coast Guard ships on the list.
US Navy Photo. USS Freedom
Marinelink is reporting that LCS-1, USS Freedom, has completed “Rough Water Trials” (Seakeeping and Structural Loads Trials) off the coast of Oregon. A couple of thoughts.
Did we do these instrumented tests with either the National Security Cutter or a Webber class?
The Navy took quite a while before they got around to doing these and has already made a lot of decisions in the absence of test results.
The President spoke at the graduation ceremony for the Coast Guard Academy class of 2015. You can read the text of the speech here.