The Boats They Learned In

by The Boatswain | February 28th, 2006

In addition to showing the Middies ship handling, they also were taught the intricacies of sailing. I didn’t teach this, (though I could have) but they were taught by senior cadets. In addition, the academy had several sailing yachts and the cadets were encouraged to sail in various regattas around the East Coast.


I was fortunate in having the job of towing some of the yachts up the Chesapeake, through the Delaware Canal, then up to New York where they were to take part in a race. I don’t remember how they made out, though, as we had already returned to our duties and spent time shepherding them on the bay.

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The United States Navy rating of Boatswain's Mate is a designation given to enlisted members who are rated as a deck seaman. The colloquial form of address for a boatswain's mate is 'Boats'.



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