August 21, 1987 |
Life at sea will drop anchor at Penn's Landing this weekend. Sea chanteys and tall tales from salty sailor types, dance groups, a contest of liars, seafood dishes from local restaurants, the commissioning of a Navy cruiser and a symphony of fireworks and orchestras on both sides of the Delaware River will be among the highlights of Maritime America - part of the We the People 200 celebration. The three-day event honoring the mariner's role in America's history will run today from 5 to 10 p.m. and continue from noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
June 18, 1986 |
The district attorney's office yesterday lifted the legal anchor from the backs of two Virginia sailors arrested May 22 after police discovered them firing handguns at tin cans in an isolated area near International Airport. Charges against Robin Frye, 22, of Madison, and Raymond Collins, 25, of Richmond, were withdrawn after their attorney, William Heiman, noted that the men "were not aware that there was a city ordinance against target practice. " Both sailors are assigned to the U.S. Independence, currently being overhauled at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
September 4, 1987 |
Ed Skomorucha was taking off his slippers late last Friday night and getting ready to go to bed when the phone rang. What he heard next caught him completely by surprise and kept him busy for the next week. "We're sorry to bother you, sir, but we're in trouble," someone said in Polish. "If you speak Polish, we're at the Ramada Inn, and we need help. " "I got dressed and told my wife I was going to the Ramada," said Skomorucha, 70, a retired appliance dealer and a prominent member of Wilmington's Polish community.
February 26, 1986 |
The Philadelphia lawyer who tried unsuccessfully last October to save a ship-jumping Ukrainian sailor from being returned to the Soviet Union has filed another legal action against the federal government, claiming it routinely ignores sailors' requests for asylum. Andrew Fylypovych, attorney for the Ukrainian-American Bar Association, filed a U.S. District Court complaint in Washington, D.C., asking for an injunction to prevent the practice and give asylum-seeking sailors attorneys.
May 10, 1989 |
Five U.S. sailors injured in a fire that killed six crewmen aboard a combat supply ship were in stable condition, a U.S. military hospital spokeswoman said today. "They are all expected to make a full recovery," Capt. Donna Eggleston said by telephone. The fire apparently was caused by a fuel oil leak in the engine room of the USS White Plains yesterday. "We don't know how it ignited," a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said in Washington. The vessel was being towed to Subic naval station, a U.S. ship repair facility 50 miles northwest of Manila.
May 25, 1987
Two sharply contrasting images of patriotism haunt Memorial Day 1987. One is of black-bag patriots testifying before the congressional committee investigating the Iran-contra scandal. The other is of 37 sailors killed in the Iraqi missile attack on the American frigate Stark in the Persian Gulf. About the latter group our vision is clear. They died in the line of duty. It matters not that the Stark was on a peaceful patrol or that the attack has been described as a tragic mistake.
September 4, 1989 |
The sun was barely up when the sailors of the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk began hustling to their battle stations. From the steamy, ovenlike bowels of the great ship to the breezy control tower 14 stories above, hundreds of crewmen were armed to the teeth, ready for action. Their weapons: cutting torches, metal grinders, hand tools, and paint brushes and rollers. Their enemies: time, rust and corrosion. Everywhere, the USS Kitty Hawk was laid open, as if undergoing surgery.
September 10, 1988 |
The three merchant sailors sat in the federal courtroom in Philadelphia yesterday and listened with the help of interpreters. Their eyes widened as a representative of their ship's owners said they should walk the proverbial plank by spending more time in an American prison for joining with five other crewmen and five officers of the Olivia to smuggle 51 refugees out of Brazil for a profit. "My client is concerned about the example or message we will be sending back to Brazil," attorney Lisa Reeves, a local lawyer representing Netumar Line Corp.
July 27, 1999 |
Bjarne E. Pettersen, 73, a retired baker who aided thousands of Norwegian and Swedish sailors in Philadelphia over more than 40 years, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Lansdowne. A native of Hvaler Island, Norway, Mr. Pettersen came to the United States in 1951 and was a member and leader at the Norwegian Seamen's Mission in Philadelphia. He arranged bus tours to other cities, shopping sprees, picnics, and entertainment and published a newsletter for Norwegian and Swedish seamen, said his wife of six years, Betty F. Engh Pettersen.
May 20, 1987 |
Families fearing for their sailor sons in the Persian Gulf waited yesterday for the all-important telephone call or visit - suffocated by fright, paralyzed by a lack of information from a world away. In Dumont, N.J., the family of Christopher Werner DeAngelis, 23, electronics technician second class, received that visit Monday. The two Navy officials who came to the DeAngelis home had few details. But they knew the one fact: Christopher DeAngelis was dead. And so far from home.