On the Bridge of MS Prinsendam

March 9, 2015 St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Not every Holland America officer likes serving on Prinsendam; at least that’s what our American Express representative tells me.  It has an old fashioned bridge, different from the other ships.  The newer ships have, what airline pilots call, a glass cockpit.  You sit surrounded by monitors and can control everything on the ship with the flip of … Continue reading On the Bridge of MS Prinsendam

Jersey City, My original home town.

I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.  On my 67th birthday I want to pay tribute to my first home town.  I came into the world in the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, part of the Jersey City Medical Center.  It was named after Mayor Frank Hague’s mother.  The medical center provided virtually free medical care to every resident of Jersey City.  The medical center … Continue reading Jersey City, My original home town.

The Alaska Marine Highway System is 50

These are pictures I have taken over the years of our Ferry System.  I am amazed that several of the ships have  been serving for 50 years and still run well, having been modified over the years.  Three were stretched, they were reconfigured to run on diesel rather than bunker fuel, they all have new safety equipment, they have re-done interiors, but the original ships … Continue reading The Alaska Marine Highway System is 50

Alaska Day in Sitka, Alaska, 2013

Alaska Day in Sitka Alaska Day commemorates the day in 1867 when the United States took possession of Alaska from the Russians.  It’s Sitka’s day.  Up until that time Sitka ran on the Julian calendar and was west of the International Date Line.  Sitka jumped ahead about two weeks in an instant when the American flag hit the top of the pole on Castle Hill. … Continue reading Alaska Day in Sitka, Alaska, 2013