Maritime Honors for Healthcare Workers – Friday, 22 May 2020


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Kevin Osgood at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI, home of the tug John Purves, sent me a great suggestion for HNSA Fleet Members!  Kevin and his team will be sounding the John Purves’ whistle as an honor to all healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines battling COVID-19. Working with the USCG and some other working vessels in their harbor to join them at a predetermined time to render that honor, it was thought that next Friday, 22 May is the perfect time to do this as that is National Maritime Day.

Kevin approached me to ask to see if other HNSA Fleet Members might want to join in this effort and make it a nation-wide effort on Friday, 20 May at 1200 Central Time (1300 Eastern and 1000 Pacific).

So, on this designated date and time all participating vessels deliver, via their ship’s whistle, a “Master’s Salute” consisting of Three long blasts (:05 each) followed by Two short blasts (:02 each). 

This is a great opportunity for our ships to honor those fighting hard against the present pandemic. To show how much we support these courageous folks, every ship should shoot a video for social media and share with their own hashtag of choice. These videos can be shared by our HNSA community if the ships also used the Main hashtag: #MaritimeHonors.  We will then put this up on our Website or all to see and enjoy.

PLEASE CONSIDER making this effort as a great way to honor those on the front lines of this fight but to also show the public that HNSA Fleet Members are in this fight as well. 

Thanks for the great idea, Kevin, and to all members, good luck and send us your videos!

William B. Cogar
Executive Director
Historic Naval Ships Association

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