Last Month's Event
On September 4th, 2014, FLMC Members and guests gathered at the Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill to hear from our speaker, Carmine Cardillo from the Fort Lauderdale office of Career Source on Employer Benefits and Resources. Carmine shared with us the Employer Services provided by CareerSource Broward including: Access to Thousands of Resumes; Local Recruiting; Pre-Screening Services; Customized Training for existing employees; No-cost Mass Recruitment Services; On the Job Training Incentives; On-site Recruitments; Workforce Outplacement Services and other great services. The presentation was very educational. We hope you will join us for our next luncheon, details on the first page of this Newsletter.

Snapshot of Upcoming Events

FLMC Seminar Golf Tournament & Meet the Speakers Reception ~ October 28, 2014 ~ Hyatt Pier 66
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FLMC Seminar  ~ October 29, 2014 ~Hyatt Pier 66
Ft Lauderdale Boat Show ~ Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2014

Monthly Luncheon ~ November 13
Holiday Party ~ November 6, 2014 ~ Hyatt Pier 66
Winterfest Boat Parade ~ November 13, 2014

Click on the Events Calendar for complete details of each event
  The 2015 Slate of Officers

                                                                       Skipper: Kristene Lundblad

                                                                       First Mate: Brian Emond

                                                                       Purser: Michelle Otero Valdés

                                                                       Yeoman: Arlene Weicher

                                                                       Program Chair: Jonathan Dunleavy

                                                                       Bosun: Hector Ramirez

                                                                       Activities: Sandy Hoekstra

                                                                       Historian: Aimee Hoalt

                                                                      Seminar Chair: Tom Worthington

Pursuant to Article V, Section 3 of the Club’s By-Laws, the Nominating Committee shall present for consideration of the membership a slate of officers to serve the Club during the succeeding year. The Skipper may call for a voice vote if the slate proposed by the Nominating Committee is unopposed.
  Sailor's Corner

My Life in the Royal Navy 1899-1947

By Rear Admiral Sir Hugh Turnour England

England (1889-1978) served in the cruiser Doris during the Boer War and was landed in Mossel Bay in 1901. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he was in command of the TBD Chelmer. He saw service in her at the Dardanelles and later commanded the destroyer Harpy in the Aegean where he was severely wounded in both legs below the knees. More can be found on England at

Nanking, 24 March 1927

There is a full account of what happened on 24th March in a book published about the HMS “Emerald’s” commission and also in a book written more recently – “gunboats on the Great River”. It is also the subject of an article in the “Report of Naval Proceedings”, an American journal which came out shortly after the event. I shall therefore try to confine myself to mentioning only salient points affecting the decision we had to make.  

The right of 23rd March was disturbed by thousands of Chinese coolies chanting on the bund, making it difficult to make oneself heard onboard “Emerald”. This reached a crescendo in the early morning of the 24gth and it was a pathetic sight knowing that few would survive. We were in touch with the British Consulate through the portable wireless set and in visual communication with the American Consul-General at his headquarters, Socony House, high above the city wall on Lion Hill overlooking the river. I remember anxiously waiting for news as the hours went by. Then, at about 10:00 a.m. we received the cryptic message from the British Consulate of just two words, “House Looted”. It was the last message I was to receive from there.

Most fortunately I remained in visual communication with Socony House and Mr. Davis kept me fully informed of the situation as far as he was able to do. But he could not tell me what was happening inside the city where there were large numbers of American missionaries as well as other nationalities. Before recounting events which followed on that rather hectic day I think it will be best if I interpolate a brief description of what happened at the British Consulate when it was attacked. The marines had been guarding the gates to the Consulate grounds during the night, but as daylight broke the Sergeant in charge was persuaded by the Consul-General to withdraw then saying they would be a bone of contention to the advancing Cantonese soldiers. Thus, when a howling mob of these men broke-in, the marines were resting or asleep in the house as the attack took place. It was a difficult situation for the Sergeant to cope with, but fearing a massacre of the people in the Consulate, he ordered the marines to lay down their arms and they surrendered.

I was bitterly disappointed when I heard of the surrender and have felt the stigma of it ever since, but I could not blame the Sergeant. The Captain of the Marines was absent from his place of duty and Admiral Tyrwhitt wanted me to apply for him to be Court Martialed, but I felt that I had to accept responsibility. It is interesting to remember that when later I told Maysie about the incident, she said she had always thought that the Captain of the Marines, Captain Heathcote, was a poor fish.

When the attack on the consulate took place a Dr. Smith, a very nice man who had spent many years in China, was killed when crossing the lawn and the Consul-General was wounded in the thigh. He, with the consular staff including three women, took refuge in the strong room and eventually they and the marines got safely back to “Emerald”.

Further Operations on 24th March

By 11:00 in the morning the Southern Army soldiers were attacking (HMS) “Hogee” and the Jardine and Butterfield & Swire hulks moored alongside the Bund as landing stages, I ordered the evacuation of foreigners from them. Moving them from “Hogee” was particularly hazardous. The landing party under Maitland-Dougall was heavily fired on, but all the foreigners were brought off safely to “emerald” without suffering any casualties.

Meanwhile shooting across the river was being greatly intensified. Although we kept the men under cover as far as possible, an AB was hit in the head and died shortly afterwards. I should like to mention here the fine conduct of our Chaplain, the Rev. Kidd, who thought nothing of conducting divine service with bullets flying overhead. I remember also hesitating at this time to ask Commander Smith to come over from the (USS) “Noa” to discuss what further action we could take. Nonetheless, the good man came over immediately when asked, braving he dangerous conditions which existed. We worked closely together during the whole of the crisis, and I often thought we might have belonged to the same Navy.

Historical Derivation of Maritime Words and Phases

“Toe The Line”

The space between each pair of deck planks in a wooden ship was filled with a packing material called "oakum" and then sealed with a mixture of pitch and tar. The result, from afar, was a series of parallel lines a half-foot or so apart, running the length of the deck.

Once a week, as a rule, usually on Sunday, a warship's crew was ordered to fall in at quarters - that is, each group of men into which the crew was divided would line up in formation in a given area of the deck. To insure a neat alignment of each row, the Sailors were directed to stand with their toes just touching a particular seam.

Another use for these seams was punitive. The youngsters in a ship, be they ship's boys or student officers, might be required to stand with their toes just touching a designated seam for a length of time as punishment for some minor infraction of discipline, such as talking or fidgeting at the wrong time. A tough captain might require the miscreant to stand there, not talking to anyone, in fair weather or foul, for hours at a time. Hopefully, he would learn it was easier and more pleasant to conduct himself in the required manner rather than suffer the punishment. From these two uses of deck seams comes our cautionary word to obstreperous youngsters to "toe the line." Those of a certain age will remember Robert Newton, rolling his eyes and yarring it up in his archetypal Hollywood pirate role--Long John Silver in the 1950 film Treasure Island. You’ll remember this movie from last month’s “word of the month”.

  New Member's Corner


                                                                                                 James Coté

James Coté is the Owner of Coté Marine LLC, a marine electric and corrosion control service organization in Florida. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, is NAFI Certified as a Fire and Explosion and Vehicle Fire Investigator, and is an ABYC Master Technician [Electrical, Corrosion, Diesel Systems, Marine Systems]

Mr. Coté has over thirty years’ experience in marine electrical service, installations, repairs, design, surveys, and forensic investigations. He is court qualified as a marine electrical and corrosion control expert and has participated in more than eighty forensic investigations. James was the service and engineering manager at Ward's Marine Electric for twenty years; directing its service operations, engineering, technical quality, and customer care. He has extensive experience with marine electrical systems and performs surveys, inspections, and repairs for equipment manufacturers, vendors, and builders.

The mission for Coté Marine is 1] Set and maintain the yachting and pleasure craft industry standard for marine electrical surveys, corrosion control surveys, consultations, and service; 2] Deliver the safest and most reliable marine electrical product possible; 3] Consistently provide the highest quality marine electrical expertise and advice to the professional communities.

James is a member of the American Boat and Yacht Council, Inc. [Three Phase and High Capacity Battery Bank Subcommittees], Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers [Power and Energy Society, Product Safety Engineering Society, Standards Association], International Association of Marine Investigators, National Association of Corrosion Engineers International, National Association of Fire Investigators, National Fire Protection Association [302 Committee Fire Protection Standard for Pleasure and Commercial Motor Craft, 303 Committee Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards], and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

  Nautical Dates

October 12, 2000                                           October 13, 1775
USS Navy Destroyer COLE                          U.S. Navy established by
Attacked by terrorists at Congress                                                             
Aden, Yemen                                                                   

October 26, 1825
Erie Canal links Great Lakes
to Atlantic Ocean via Hudson River

October 27, 1795                                             October 28, 1613
Spain grants free navigation                                  1st “Western” ship built
            Of Mississippi                                            in Japan sails for Mexico

October 29, 1618
Sir Walter Raleigh
executed at 66 for piracy

October 30, 1991
“Perfect Storm” hits North Atlantic
along New England and Canadian coasts

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