James M. McCoy writes:
I was Engine Cadet from Sept. 1970 to March 1971. It was the SS Keystone State, C4.
She was the ex Marine Flyer. If memory serves me it was a later war vessel, 1945.
There were a few indicators of her previous life, i.e., some of the ammunition lockers
and some areas where the gun tubs had been removed. I thought she was a terrific ship.
It would be the one and only truly old school break bulker tramper I’d serve on.
Sadly, that era was drawing to a close. I believe she had about 54 in the crew,
including mess men, they would take your order off a menu.
I have a couple photos from that time and even my ship discharges.It was my first
ship and to this day I have fond memories of my time aboard her. In time I rose through
the ranks to Chief Engineer.
I am a proud Calhoon graduate. The photo of me sitting with the world map behind and
the tiny Christmas tree would be a photo characteristic of at the time I served aboard.
I had a diversified career, the first portion sailing both steam and motor vessels.
Later went into ship management as a port engineer and the later part of my career
as port engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
If any of this is useful then I am happy to make the contribution.